Employment for local youth
Traveltimes provides seasonal employment to trekking guides, porters and climbing Sherpas every year. The more trekking, climbing and tour groups we receive, the more chance of them getting employed and provide for their families. We currently have 2 full time staffs at our office in Kathmandu. All our employees either come from my village or belong to other remote mountain villages of Nepal.
Relief and Reconstruction efforts in my village in Tekanpur after 2015 Nepal Earthquake
The massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015 killed 9000 people, injured 16000 people, destroyed 240000 homes and rendered 2.8 million Nepalese homeless. 80% of the total 145 houses in my village Tekanpur, Kavre either collapsed or were badly damaged. In the initiation of Traveltimes treks an international fundraising campaign was immediately organized to build 1) 61 temporary shelters 2) Repair drinking water pipes 3) Rebuild Sanman Primary School that enrolled 135 students.
In the summer of 2015 fundraising activities were held in Europe. A local non-profit Unity for Development also raised additional funds. With free labor contribution from villagers and support of our international friends and our former guests, construction of 65 cottages was completed in.
Two new building for the primary school was successfully completed in ….. along with a multi purpose community shelter which can provide shelter for more than 300 people. The multiple purpose building will have healthcare center, school, library as well as technical training center.
Chairperson of Sanman Primary School management committee
In honor of his commitment to social service, Dawa Lama was recently elected for the second term as Chairperson for local Sanman Primary school. He is currently leading the effort to construct third school building for housing e-library and computer class room for students. The school also is further seeking to hire one full time English teacher.