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In December, we travelled with a group of educators and health care workers to remote roadless Nepal, where we delivered needed medical and educational services and supplies to low income Sherpa families living near Everest.
On 1 December, we were in a remote roadless village near Everest and found several injured Sherpa children who needed help, including a badly infected baby, her mother, and a boy who lost his eye in an accident. Thanks to concerned donors, we brought these wounded and destitute Sherpas to Kathmandu, the exotic, friendly, and peaceful capital city of Nepal, where they received excellent life saving medical care, and returned to their villages in good shape.
Hamu and Nimke Sherpa after exam, diagnosis and medicine - treatment prescription at Helping Hands Hospital, Purba Sherpa's eye was injured in a scuffle with another child when he was just 14 years old. Now our service trek has brought him to Kathmandu to see if it can be treated.
Speaking of which, we are very excited about our January-February 2014 charity fund raising presentation lectures where we will tell inspiring stories and show amazing photos of Everest and raise awereness and support for the new Sherpa Training School. Come out and participate in the presentations. Make new friends and meet the leaders and members of SummitClimb, SummitTrek, and the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development. Please inquire about opportunities for hosting a presentation in your own community where all of the proceeds go to help the people of Nepal with educational, environmental, medical, and service projects in rural areas that lack any funding from outside sources. We encourage you to invite us to your town for an exciting talk, and to bring together people in your community who enjoy mountains, for an interesting social event where everyone can meet new friends and rendezvous with old aquaintances.
CHARITY/NON-PROFIT NEWS: If you are interested in the charity and service side, please get involved via donating to the Mount Everest Foundation at www.WaysYouCanHelp.org to support and work together with local families living near Everest with hospitals, schools, environmental and cultural preservation. If you feel the need to do more, please get your hands dirty and help dig in with our twice yearly www.EverestServiceWalk.org and www.RemoteNepalServiceWalk.org .
Service trek team enjoys dinner at Kathmandu's wonderful Italian restaurant Fire and Ice Pizza. left to right: Shelley Bloom, (nurse practitioner from Usa), Marie Series-Michaud (nurse from France), Wolfgang Nicola (physical therapist from Germany), Anne Kates (educator from Canada), Dan Mazur (educator from Bristol, England, and Seattle, Usa), Daniela Milea (psychologist from Romania), Jeremy Smith (EMT, Australia). Photo by awesome waiter.
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Helping Hands, a busy little hospital serving economically challenged people from all over Nepal. Shelley Bloom, Hamu Sherpa, Marie Serys, and Yanke Sherpa at Helping Hands Hospital. Back to top
A typical street scene in front of Helping Hands Hospital. Packing medicines to be hand carried to the health post for a resupply after the last service trek. Our visiting medical professionals suggested new medicines, also we are replenishing original medicines. Back to top
Hamu Sherpa, Nimke Sherpa, Dermatologist Rajendra, and Nurse Practitioner Shelley Bloom at Helping Hands Hospital. Deha Shrestha from the Mount Everest Foundation with Marie Serys and Yanke Sherpa, filling the prescription for Nimke Sherpa at the chemist's shop.
Eye surgeon examining Purba Sherpa. Hamu Sherpa and 2 year old daughter Nimke who we brought back from the service trek, in Dermatologist's office, during exam. Nimke has a skin infection covering her entire body. Back to top
Everyone watches while Gyel Chiri Sherpa hands out a blanket to one of the poorest people in the village, a deaf, mute, and mentally challenged person. Elderly members of the village receiveing generous donatins from Anne Kates, Wolfgang Nicola, Johan Frankelius, Carmen McMillan Nelon, the Juniper Foundation, and Shaker Juniour High.
Wolfgang Nicola, physiotherapist from Germany, shows Puti Sherpa how to stretch her sore back. Villagers work hard and develop physical problems which can be helped sustainably by stretching and massage. Daniela Milea, from Romania, calculates the gratuities inher 'office' at the Patale Health Post. Back to top
Update: LONG BEAUTIFUL WALK THROUGH LUSH GREEN FOOTHILLS, TO NEPAL'S LOWLANDS @ 1400 MTRS / 4600 FT. CAMP IN LOVELY RIVER VALLEY. Back to top
Update: TEAM SAW 29 PATIENTS. NOW TREKKING OUT WITH INFECTED 2 YEAR OLD & MOM. SHOULD REACH KATMANDU IN 3 DAYS. HOPE BABY IS OK. Back to top
Marie and Dati Examining patient at Patle clinic. Photo Jeremy Smith. Teacher Jamyang, Anne Kates, Jangbu Sherpa, Wolfgang Nicola and Yangjie Sherpa distribute books, paper, and pens to a local student in Dhorkharka village. Photo by Dan Mazur Back to top
Update: SHELLEY, MARIE, JEREMY, DANIELA, WOLFGANG & ANNE SAW 98 PATIENTS TODAY IN THE HEALTH POST, DURING 6 HOURS. REWARDING DAY
ANNE & WOLFGANG PRESENTED A HANDWASHING DEMONSTRATION & SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO 48 CHILDREN, 10 PARENTS, & 2 TEACHERS. BRILL. Back to top
Dhorkharka School Students received books and pens from Anne Kates and Wolfgang Nicola. Photo by Dan Mazur. Students from Dhorkharka School practice washing their hands to prevent from germs. Photo by Dan Mazur.
Wolfgang Nicola shows Dhorkharka students how to wash their hands. Photo by Dan Mazur. Anne Kates, Jangbu Sherpa, Wolfgang Nicola, and Yangjie Sherpa organizing school supplies before distributing to all local students. Photo by Dan Mazur
Monks praying at Gompa. Photo Anne Kates. Medicine donate to Patle Health Center by Anne Kates and Wolfgang Nicola. Photo Anne Kates. Back to top
Update: DANIELA HELPED KEEP RECORDS IN HEALTH POST. ANNE & WOLF DISTRIBUTED PENS, PENCILS, CRAYONS, PAPER, & POSTERS @ SCHOOL.
SHELLEY, JEREMY, MARIE, WOLF, ANNE, & 2 SHERPA HEALTH WORKERS, SAW 35 PATIENTS IN 3 HOURS. 1 BABY'S FACE = BADLY BURNED.Back to top
Villagers and service trek members in front of new health post bought by Mount Everest Foundation. Thanks to Mitch Lewsi, Juniper Foundation, Erik Petersen, Equator Adventures and Katherine Peacock, Jonathan Peacock Memorial Fund. Photo by Marie One of the primary school of Dhorkarka. Photo Shelley Bloom. Back to top
Update: WE VISITED REGION'S ONLY GREENHOUSE, THEN AN ANCIENT TEMPLE WITH NUNS, THEN STAYED THE NIGHT WITH A LOVELY SHERPA FAMILY.
Camp at Jamphre. Photo by Anne Kates. Buddhist Stupa at Jamphre. Photo by Anne Kates. Back to top
Field. Photo Daniela Milea. Soyabean Flower. Photo Daniela Milea.
Daniela posing for the photo. Photo Daniela Milea. Farmer drying up Corn flower. Photo Daniela Milea. Back to top
Food prepare by our cook Dorjee. Photo Daniela Milea.Marie enjoying the tea. Photo Shelley Bloom
Good Morning. This is Jeremy Smith calling from the Service Trek and today is the 26th of November.
It’s a beautiful day up here in the mountains next to an ancient and stunning monastery.
We left Kathmandu on a fun and exciting flight to Phaphlu early in the morning. Upon arrival, we took a short walk down to Saleri and then a fun jeep ride to another small village near Patale.It is a very recent development that they have a working road out here so we decided to take advantage of it and get to Patale as soon as possible.
We’re having a good time, we’re eating well, it’s cold at night but we have plenty of warm clothes and staying quite comfortable. We’re receiving some very nice hospitality from the local people and looking forward to getting to Patale this evening. Upon arriving in Patale we plan to visit the local schools to teach short fun lessons to the local children, as well as assist in the local health post. We saw 2 eagles on our walk today, which must be a good sign. Everyone is doing well and excited to reach Patale. Thanks for following our Service Trek and we'll send in more soon. Back to top
Update: FLEW TO PHAPHLU ON GORGEOUS MT FLIGHT, THEN TREKKED TO SALERI TO SEE COLOURFUL SATURDAY MARKET, THEN JEEP TO DHAP & CAMP. Back to top
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our USA friends. Even though it is already Friday, here in Nepal, it is still Thursday over there, and we can imagine someone somewhere is sitting together with family enjoying turkey.
Here in Nepal we have never seen a turkey, but there might be some? Does anyone know?
Well today all of our service trek members arrived and we enjoyed meeting everyone and spent the day shopping for school supplies. Our team decided that we would like to give all 500 children in the village school system a pen, pencil, notebook, and box of crayons. Also we purchased teaching posters to be used as visual aids in the classroom. Anne Kates was incredibly generous in these purchases.
Also, we reviewed the 50 kilos / 110 pounds of medicines that had been delivered and are waiting for us in the offices of SummitClimb and SummitTrek. We are bringing the medicines with us to hand out to local people on the trek.
Our staff came to the office and packed up everything to carry out to the village on buses and by porters. all of those porters carrying all of that cargo will meet us in the village on the 26th.
We now have 200 kilos / 440 pounds of donated medical supplies, books, and clothing to distribute on our service trek. Many thanks to Anne Kates, Paul and Laurel Brophy, Shaker Juniour High School, Carmen McMillan Nelon, Johan Frankelius, Stewart and Bonny Wolfe.
After all of this hard work purchasing and packing, we were ready for a bit of celebration and fun, so we went out to the famous Italian restaurante: La Dolce Vita. We had a lovely meal of Lasagna, Pizza, Tiramisu, and Cappucino. Very delicioso! Finally we had a night cap at Sam's Place, and then all went
back to the hotel for an early night.
To sum it all up, it was an amazing first day of the service trek. Thanks a lot for following us!!!! Back to top
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- Dan Mazur (Leader), USA/UK
- Marie Sérleys Michaud, France;
- Daniela Milea, Canada;
- Shelley Bloom, USA;
- Jeremy Smith, Australia;
- Wolfgang Nicola, Germany;
- Anne Kates, Canada; Back to top