FRIENDS OF HIMALAYAN CHILDREN

Empowerment through education

"Our volunteer administration ensures over 96% of funds raised go directly to supporting disadvantaged children in regional Nepal."

My time in Batase village – Brian Duncan

“Thanks to a generous gift from my family, I recently had the opportunity to briefly experience Nepal in her magnificent and spectacular beauty, in her soulful and kind people, and the stark reality of life in a third world country. With my two best mates, we not only experienced trekking, but were blessed with an unforgettable visit to Batase Village, rural Nepal.

Our journey was laden with uncertainty, adventure and possibility. The key to comfortably dealing with the uncertainty, was the reassurance and kindness of
the ‘Take On Nepal’ staff, both in Kathmandu and Batase. Meeting everyone in Batase, and feeling the genuine warmth and kindness of the Nepali people, is indeed the highlight of my experience, punctuated by connecting with our sponsor child Rimmaya.

Thanks to FHC the children of Batase, girls in particular, are meeting the future with choice in their lives. Courageously navigating a future other than arranged marriage or child trafficking, having been empowered by education, many are engaging in trekking, either as guides or porters.
We were so privileged to experience the Everest Base Camp trek. The adventure, the challenge, and the spectacular landscape, all combined with a beautiful connection with these wonderful young people from Batase, guaranteed the experience of a lifetime.

Following the trek, I again visited Batase, and was given the opportunity to return to Kathmandu with our sponsor child Rimmaya, who could then spend a few days with her sister Anita. Both girls came under the care of FHC six years ago, both have secure and bright futures, and both shine as examples of the difference FHC is making in the lives of many young people in rural Nepal.

I can’t thank enough Som and Susan, FHC, Take On Nepal, and the beautiful people of Nepal. Life will never be the same again.”

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