Lending a Hand
Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to not only travel all over the world taking tours, but to have been able to both observe and work on development projects in India, Pakistan and Bhutan.
While I was on the national board of Save the Children NZ I visited SCNZ projects in Pakistan and a community development project in southern India. I was also very privileged to carry out a short-term writing contract for the Aga Khan Development Network in two of Pakistan’s most challenging provinces, Sind and Baluchistan.
Any kind of world travel soon brings home to you how fortunate we are to live in NZ and I believe, that with that, comes a responsibility to help people who are, through no fault of their own, not nearly so blessed with the basics of life that we often take for granted.
Over the past two years I have donated $11,000 to the Forgotten Sherpas of Nepal Trust – most recently as a result of a successful fund-raising trek in 2019. Watch this space for my next project!
The trust has been working in the Middle Hills region of Nepal for seven years and has provided solar lighting and safe drinking water, supported schools and established the area’s first health care service. Our donation is currently being used to help with the installation of clean burning stoves. I know many of the trust members personally and can vouch for their work…every cent we donated is going directly into their project work.
If you’d like to know more about the Trust check out www.forgottensherpas.org