Marie Olivier & Yony Haidous (France)

« 2015, we land in Kathmandu where we meet Sonam TAMANG and his wonderful family. First trek together in the Annapurna, an unforgettable trip. We go back home with sad hearts but with new friends.

Three weeks later, disaster, the earthquake ! We are relieved to learn that they are safe and sound, but desperate to discover that Sonam’s parents have lost everything and that many children in his village find themselves orphaned or destitute…

A few months later, we welcome Sonam in France. Strong mobilization to raise funds through the sale of Nepalese handicrafts, and to collect warm clothing for the population. Our friend leaves with 30 kg of various items to redistribute in his village.

Not wanting to stop there, we decide to set up a group and schedule a new trip. Two years later (February 2017), it is a group of 9 people that arrives in Nepal with 270 kg of warm clothing, plush toys and school supplies (collected in our children’s classrooms). An everyday schedule is set up: sorting, weighing and organizing the transport of 18 suitcases and 9 bags. A human adventure of sharing and organizing. We walk on the Tamang Heritage Trail to meet extraordinary people. We bring 70 kg with us to Gatlang and Tatopani. The remaining 200 kg leave by truck to Thulo Syabru. Despite this fruitful distribution, we felt helpless because the situation was even worse than we could imagine…

We do not wish to leave it at that. We will continue to organize group treks to bring as much business as possible to the poor, to share unique moments with Sonam and to help Nepalese children.

Via the Sahayogi Foundation, we also donated 300 euros to help young Lopsang (17 years old) to continue his studies.

If you also want to help a child to follow a normal schooling, do not hesitate to support the NGO Sahayogi ! »