Danish Human Rights EBC Trekking Group visit PA(Prisoners Assistance) Nepal, Children’s Home in Sankhu
On 19th April , some of us from Explore Himalaya accompanied Kipling Travels‘ Danish trekking group (who had trekked to EBC under the UN Human Rights banner) to Sankhu, located about 20 km away from Kathmandu.The group will donate a part of the funds raised from their trip to PA Nepal and some to Amnesty International.
PA Nepal Children’s Home in Sankhu – The home provides care and shelter to sixty children whose parents or parent are in prison. The home is run by social activist Indira Rana Magar. The unpainted building to the right is a school established by Indira for the children.She says, ” We had to open this school as the children were ocstracised while studying in other schools.Over here the teachers work under my guidance and the children gets to learn in an open and friendly environment. Some children from the village also come to study over here.”
Indira Rana Magar, showing the visitors around
Group members interacting with the children
“Our trek to Everest Base Camp was really amazing, and that we were doing it for a special cause made this trip extra special… Nature and natural beauty in Nepal is really wonderful…I feel happy to be here among these kids . I think she (Indira Rana Magar) is really doing a great job of raising them and taking care of them. We should all try to support and help her in this good work..“ – Trine Moghaddam, Lab Technician, Novo Nordisk, Copenhagen
“My mother is in jail and people call her a criminal, but I don’t consider her a criminal because she did what she had to do to feed and support us.In my eyes that’s not a crime…” – Renu, an inmate of the home and daughter of a prisoner, sharing her story with the group
Children present a special program for the guests
Singing a Danish song for the kids
“The focus of our trek was to spread the message of universal Human Rights, and what better way to end our trip then with a visit here, among these kids… ” – Christian Iversen, Trek Leader, Kipling Travels, Denmark
After Skydiving, it’s a game of Cricket in Everest
Everest is fast gaining ground as a favorite playground for sports, so it seems. Just a few months back Everest was in the news for the skydiving event. Now the region is again set to witness the world’s highest-ever cricket match, when two teams (Team Tenzing & Team Hillary)will battle it out in the high altitude grounds of Gorak Shep.
England captain Andrew Strauss is the honourary skipper of Team Tenzing, while England vice-captain Alastair Cook is doing likewise for Team Hillary.The teams, which include a handful of Australians and New Zealanders, hope to raise £250,000 for The Lord’s Taverners and The Himalayan Trust UK.The two teams are to make a nine-day expedition in April to Gorak Shep, a plateau 5,165 metres above sea level near the Everest base camp, for the record-breaking Twenty20 charity game. The Gorak Shep plateau is sandy, so the groundsmen will roll out a synthetic track to ensure a competitive game.
Our itinerary was very good and excellent, never too much or too little. We had plenty of time to acclimatize. So we always felt good and safe. Overall we had an amazing time, made by your exceptional staff who looked after us all the way.