I am a retired Outdoor Educator, having worked most of my life teaching geography fieldwork, mountaineering, canoeing, sailing, orienteering and skiing. I still do some guiding both in Scotland and abroad and give a significant percentage of any guiding fees to the charity. I have been an enthusiastic mountaineer since childhood and a committed kayaker for the last 25 years or so. These activities have taken me all over the world. I have paddled rivers in Nepal on many occasions and this brought me into contact with Mukunda Raj Shrestha, a Nepali guide. It was through this friendship, my love of Nepal and my educational interests, that I was inspired to start up a charity to help schools in Mukunda's home district. I am confident that our involvement greatly assists the local community there in providing a higher quality of education for their young people. The wonderful reception I have received from all in the district bears this out. I am also amazed by the generosity that others have shown towards this project and that has constantly motivated me to work harder for the poor of Nepal, who have shown me that they also work extremely hard for themselves.
Mukunda Raj Shrestha
Mukunda met Chris 20 years ago in Nepal, when aged 19. He works as a River and Mountain Guide. Mukunda's father moved to the village district 45 years ago when the area was covered by jungle. After a malaria eradication programme, the government put in a settlement programme encouraging people to create the farming environment we see today. Mukunda attended one of the three schools available at that time. Education was certainly not as widely available as it is today with only 10% receiving education at all. The local community have shown great commitment to giving their children educational opportunities and that figure has risen to about 85%. Mukunda is highly committed to seeing further improvements to what are still quite poor facilities. He acts as our main link within the community.