Since 2000, the Wilderness School community’s fundraising efforts have helped shape the lives of the Annapurna community by paying teacher salaries, improving infrastructure, buying school supplies and offering scholarships to complete school and attend university. Wilderness also helped establish the Kushudebu Public Health Mission in the Beni District, a very isolated area of the Everest Region in the Himalayas. Health care has been provided to thousands of people, some who must walk five days to receive treatment.
Currently Wilderness School and members of the wide Wilderness community sponsor 34 girls to attend either School (Years 10-12) or University. Families of the Wilderness School Boarding House sponsor 11 girls ranging from 7 - 13 years of age, to weekly board and attend Bhadure School.
Providing fundraising and training support to the Bhadure School and the Kushudebu Health Public Mission, to date the Wilderness community has raised over $160,000 for these worthwhile projects.
If you would like to change the lives of young women in Nepal, there are several ways you can contribute:
- Purchase a copy of the Nepal Book, a stunning coffee table book of photographs taken by the Wilderness School community members who have trekked Nepal over 15 years. Order your copy 'Nepal Book' now »
- Bhadure School Scholarship for Girls: For $100 you can sponser a Nepalese girl to complete a school year at Years 10-12 levels, while it is $200 for year in university. If you wish to sponsor a girl for Bhadure to enable her to complete her schooling or attend university, please contact Dr Sally Nobbs at snobbs@Wilderness.com.au.
Wilderness Visits Nepal
Wilderness Bhadure Boarding School
During the most recent trip to Nepal, March-April 2014, Dr Sally Nobbs and members of our community established our most recent project at the Bhadure School, the Boarding School. During their visit this year, they inspected the boarding house and undertook interviews for boarding scholarships. While the facilities are particularly basic, the 3 main rooms, bathroom and kitchen are more than modest compared with the typical Nepalese village home. Following these interviews, eleven girls aged 6-13 years were awarded scholarships valued at $500 a year. When asked about living away from her family, ten-year old Anju summed it up saying,
..“I must lose something to gain something”.
The group who travelled this year group also met with Year 9 students who are hoping to be sponsored to complete their final school years in Bhadure.
View the 2015 Student Trek
Junbesi Health Camp
An Australian medical team, comprising a general practitioner, geriatrician, radiologist, orthopaedic surgeon, dentist, physiotherapist, two pharmacists, two nurses and a handful of non-medically trained but, nonetheless, very helpful assistants, participated in the 2014 Junbesi Health Camp.
The team was complemented by a Nepalese contingent of doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians and interpreters, including Ang Sherpa, the founding father of the Kushudebu Public Health Mission.
Over the course of 3 days, this team saw 350 patients of all ages, supplied 1000 courses of medication and were able to run simple blood tests, utilise the basic X-ray and ultrasound scanning equipment and perform basic dental procedures.
As always, the patients and local Junbesi community are exceptionally grateful for the ongoing financial and practical support provided by the girls at Wilderness School and the wider Wilderness community.
Following the health camp, a visit was paid to Thuptenghholing Monastery, where two incinerators were donated in memory of Dr Henry and Mrs Nan Rischbieth, long term supporters of Wilderness School and members of the Penneshaw community, KI.
The gift was made possible by their loving children and grandchildren in an effort to reduce rubbish in the community and, as a result, prevent disease.
Nepal has been at the heart of Wilderness School's Service Learning since 1998 and is further evidence of our growing committment to responsible citizenship.
How our children are growing up fast and what we can do about it. 'Too Sexy Too Soon' session on Monday 31 August at 6pm with our guest speaker Melinda Tankard Reist.
We are off and racing to the Kentish, 23 Stanley Street, North Adelaide for the race that stops a nation. Fabulous sweep and raffle prizes.
In the aftermath of Raoul Silva's attack on MI6, a cryptic message sets in motion events that will see James Bond come face-to-face with the sinister organisation SPECTRE.