Nepal Charity Project supporting international development in the Himalayas

Nepal Charity Project

Moving Mountains has been carrying out sustained development work in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal for more than ten years, working in partnership with village development committees as part of a long-term strategy to improve the quality of life of the local peoples. The development work has centred on the region from Bumburi to Bupsa a day or two's trek down the valley from the main mountain airstrip of Lukla. This area has remained neglected and underdeveloped and has not seen the large financial injection due to tourism as almost all tourist fly into Lukla and walk North towards Everest and Gokyo.

Nepal Charity Expedition (5)

Enjoying a dance performance from one of our local villages.

All of our work is undertaken in partnership with local people fits into a general framework for improving the quality of life and future prospects of the communities. The ultimate aim is to leave flourishing communities that offer a good quality of life for people, preserve and protect local culture and which are self-sustaining and economically and socially viable and vibrant in the long-term. Potential projects are identified and formulated alongside local people. Our work is therefore focussed on providing a kick-start to initiatives for infrastructure, income generation and promoting the education of future generations.

Please find below a brief overview of the projects so far:-

Bumburi

Bumburi – Bumburi is a small village of around seventy households, situated in the beautiful lower Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal. Moving Mountains has been working with Bumburi Village Development Committee since 2004, working alongside local people to identify and implement a range of development projects. In Bumburi you will have the chance to help out on our current project work in the village and to get involved in activities with the children at Bumburi Village School. Projects that we have completed so far include:-

  • Construction and commissioning of an 8kW hydro electric and community milling project
  • Renovation of the Bumburi Monastery and provision of equipment
  • Primary school expansion and renovation
  • Provision of primary school computers, stationery and materials
  • Funding teachers' salaries
  • Clean, piped water supply to 66 houses
  • Medical camps offering free medical treatment and medication
  • Funding of 'smokeless' eco-friendly cooking stoves
  • Assistance for tea cultivation and donation of equipment for eventual processing and sale

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Monks from Bumpuri blow traditional horns.

Bupsa

Bupsa – Bupsa is another of the villages we support in the Solu-Khumbu. We are planning to replicate some of the projects we have successfully carried out in Bumburi such as the eco-friendly cooking stoves and water projects and to continue to expand Bupsa Primary School. You will have the chance to visit all of our projects, including Bupsa's ancient Buddhist Monastery which Moving Mountains has helped the local people to fully renovate and redecorate and where we support a traditional Buddhist education programme for young monks, led by experienced teaching lamas. You'll have the opportunity to visit the monastery and also experience a traditional Buddhist 'puja' ceremony! Projects that we have completed so far include:-

  • Primary school expansion and renovation
  • Provision of primary school computers, stationery and materials
  • Funding teachers' salaries
  • Renovation and decoration of the Bupsa Monastery and provision of equipment
  • Funding teaching Lama's salary
  • Medical camps offering free medical treatment and medication

Nepal Medical Camp (4)

Volunteers work with local villagers at a medical camp in Bupsa.

All future work will build on these projects and transfer successful projects to other locations where appropriate. Specific future projects may include:-

  • Building a proper path to the Bupsa School
  • Constructing improved sanitary facilities at Bupsa School
  • Building further classrooms at Bupsa School
  • Installing a clean water system in Bupsa
  • Installing improved cooking stoves in Bupsa
  • Building a monk's hostel in Bupsa
  • Building further classrooms at Bumburi School
  • Building a teachers hostel at Bumburi School
  • Building a medical facility in Bumburi
  • Building a community hall in Bumburi
  • Providing infrastructure in the nearby hamlet of Lildem