Solu Khumbu, Nepal
Since the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Padma continues to participate in relief and rebuilding projects. In 2017 we will begin hosting all-inclusive trips for high school age students to participate in greatly needed and beneficial service-projects across Nepal.
The 2019 service-trip will focus on serving a community of about five hundred, mostly Buddhist monastics living in the Khumbu/Everest region. After connecting with local leaders of the surrounding area, this particular community was selected as a cultural and social centre of the region that is still desperately struggling since the 2015 earthquakes.
Access to healthy food is a constant source of struggle for those living in these mountain regions, with winters proving particularly challenging. Padma’s primary project will be constructing earth-sheltered greenhouses and designing planting programs to increase locally sourced organic foods. In addition, rubble cleanup, and foot-path construction will be part of the project. To best experience the awesome power of the Himalayas, while in Khumbu, all interested students will be led by experienced local guides on a two-day trek high above the project site.
Back in Kathmandu:
Before and after travelling to Khumbu, students will broaden their knowledge through cultural events, including workshops offered by leading academics and International service organization professionals from such groups as UNHRC and Save The Children, and by visiting unique sites in and around the Kathmandu valley. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in one-day activities in partnership with organizations serving homeless children and beggar communities in Kathmandu.