Local Students Head to Nepal

photo by kkcondon

WHO: 7 female Sierra Nevada College students

WHAT: 15 days walking to Nepali villages that can only be reached by foot

WHERE: Humla, Nepal

WHEN: June 2011

GEAR: hiking shoes, trekking backpack

Tonight, March 23, 2011, is a Nepali Buffet fundraiser to benefit Sierra Nevada College’s Nepal Service Learning Course, a trek in which 7 SNC students will walk more than 200 miles to deliver safe motherhood birth kits, pre/post natal vitamins and pencils to Nepal’s most remote villages. Literacy rates in Humla, Tibet, are at only 5 percent for females, and infant mortality rates are at 8.1 percent (versus 0.7 percent in the U.S.).

While these students’ impact on the locals is sure to be great, the cost of getting there is not small. Attend tonight’s Nepali Buffet to support the trip and enjoy Nepali food, drink, art and music, as well as a silent auction and raffle. Can’t make it tonight? Donate online to help offset the $9,000 per student. Here’s how your donation can help:

$20 = 10 Clean Birth Kits (SNC students will deliver at least 300 of these on the trip)

$175 = A pair of hiking shoes (Students will hike more than 200 miles to visit the villages)

$500 = Cargo tariffs to deliver vitamin supplies from Kathmandu to Simikot

$2,000 = Cost of airfare to Nepal

The Tahoe Mountain Sports Adventure of the Week blog series takes a walk (or hike, ski, surf, climb, bike, or Nepal trek) in someone else’s shoes, from pro athletes to local Tahoe adventurers. Let us know if you’ve got an adventure to share.

I'm Tahoe Mountain Sports' web editor and a 6-year Tahoe resident. Yep, I live the life, with a lake view from my desk, lunch breaks on the beach with my dog, and morning powder runs when the snow's good. I ski, snowboard, skate ski, and cross-country ski in winter, and hike, mountain bike, backpack, and lay around on Tahoe's beaches in summer.

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