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Bringing Light to Nepal: Update

Bringing Light to Nepal: Update

In August, a team of climbers from Wildland Adventures successfully summited Mt. Rainier. More importantly, we raised around $10,000 - doubling our initial goal - to provide solar lighting for schools in Nepal. Wildland Adventures is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and giving back to the communities we visit has always been an integral part of the company: "I'm proud of our ambitious climbing team for embarking on this adventure to raise desperately needed money for our brothers and sisters struggling to recover from the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. It's that spirit and commitment to making the world a better place that fuels all of our adventures,"  - Kurt Kutay, president of Wildland Adventures.

Then, we were proud to say we had reached the top of Mt. Rainier. Today, we're proud to say that all that hard work paid off and we have successfully installed solar lighting at four schools in Nepal. 

Children at the Margem school doing their homework under the lights from the new solar power system.

Wildland partnered with 3 Summits for Nepal, a nonprofit founded in 2006 that supports children's education in remote regions of Nepal. 3 Summits has built three schools in the Kanchenjunga region and three more in other parts of the country (and another 2 to be completed in 2017). In the Kanchenjunga region they also help to support the Hellok Child Care Center. The Kanchenjunga region lies in the Eastern part of Nepal and borders India to the East and Tibet to the North. The schools that received the panels can only be reached by trekking 2/3 days from Taplejung (a 24 hr drive from Kathmandu). With the money raised at our Climb for Nepal event, we have now completed the installment of solar panel sets in four schools as follows: 1) Margem Primary School, Margem village, Lelep 2) Hellok Child Care Center, Hellok village, Lelep 3) Yasang Primary School, Yasang village, Lelep 4) Nepu Primary School, Nepu village, Yamphudin! 

The sets installed were 80 Watt systems that can provide power for 12 lights and an audio system. LED lights were installed in all schools. The money raised will also support the installation of another solar system at the Singla Primary School in 2018. Funds raised by Wildland are helping to fund the construction of an annex on the new school currently being built in Singla. Singla is near the epicenter of last year's devastating quake and this money will go directly to giving hundreds of children an education and a brighter future. 3 Summits also decided to beautify one classroom each at the schools in Margem and Yasang. This meant plastering the walls with cement, lightly painting the walls, using wood-panels to make the classrooms warmer and setting linoleum flooring. They also rebuilt the school's toilet in Yasang that was damaged by the earthquake and new construction will allow the structure to be much safer for any future quakes.

Solar Panel at the school in Margem
Renovating one of the school rooms at Yasang

We're so proud of our community who supported us in this effort, our partners in Nepal who put in the leg work on the ground, and our team here at Wildland who are passionate about supporting the people and places that we travel to. Thank you!

Keeping it wild,

Kelsey Wenger

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