Jiri. North-East Nepal. 30 minutes flight time from Kathmandu. 7000 inhabitants. The former “Gateway to Mt. Everest”. From there 12 days to Everest. On foot!
Today, everyone flies past Jiri en route to Khumbu. Time is precious. No one hikes along the trail once used by Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
We drive from Jiri for three hours further to the south east, on a dusty, near impassable path to Ramechap Province, to Kagate. The village, at 2200m, lies in an area of deep green nature on a high plateau. During the monsoon season it is cut off from the outside world with the muddy paths being too soggy to travel along. Tibeto-Burmese sherpas live there, with their own culture, language and beliefs. They live isolated lives, without opportunity.
The name Kagate comes from ‘Kagaj’ – nepalese for paper. The area is home to the evergreen Daphne, the stems which are used to manufacture Lokta Paper.
They provide a high potential for the village: Help for self-help.
It is one of the villages belonging to the Rasnalu Village Development Committee (VDC). VDCs are local admininstrative bodies, that distribute state funds for education, water, health and development. They also ensure that the cash actually arrives where it is promised.
The cash that reaches Kagate is not sufficient at all to wisely invest in education. That is why we need to help with private initiatives.
We make a serious commitment. We build a school in Kagate. For all children.
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