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General News · 14th January 2014
Mick Bromley
Orphan is a very emotive word, but not strictly accurate when talking about the youth we help to support in Kathmandu. A few years back, Nepal suffered a 10 year long civil war. During that time, a Maoist army gained control of most of the rural areas of this desperately poor country. The Maoist army looked to swell its ranks with young and unwilling children, leading to subsistence farming parents seeking whatever safety they could for their offspring. Tragically, unscrupulous businessmen went into these remote regions, offering safety for the children by taking them to ‘orphanages’ in Kathmandu, in return for substantial and most often unaffordable payments from their parents. On reaching Kathmandu, these children were either housed in horrendous and abusive ‘orphanages’ or simply turned out onto the streets to fend for themselves. Leaving rural families bankrupt and children lost in desperate circumstances and separated from their families.
The Umbrella Foundation seeks to save these children from the streets and abusive situations, with the goal of re-uniting them with their families. In situations where this is not possible, Umbrella offers secure housing and support, to young people, assisting them to independence through education and work opportunities.
At Wilderness Trekking we take two youth from Umbrella on each of our treks in Nepal, offering work experience and employment into the future for those inspired to work within the mountain tourism industry. We also raise funds and awareness for the Umbrella Foundation housing and education program in Kathmandu.
Two upcoming fundraising events on Quadra offer the opportunity to enjoy a fun evening out, learn more about Wilderness Trekking and the Umbrella Foundation and contribute to this immensely worthwhile project.
Friday 24th January 7:30pm – Quadra Community Center – Admission by donation to Umbrella
A fundraising slideshow presentation on Himalayan Travel and specifically our recently returned Yoga Trek to the remote Tibetan Buddhist region of Tsum. Join trek leader, Mick Bromley and Yoga teacher, Josephine Anderson for stories and stunning photographic images as we re-count our journey with several Quadra residents on what proved to be the first ever remote mountain Yoga Trek in the Himalaya. We are excited to be able to premier on the big screen, our ½ hour ‘video journal’ from this amazing adventure. On the border of Nepal and Tibet, Tsum only recently opened to foreign visitors and provides a unique opportunity to experience a Tibetan Buddhist culture, unchanged for centuries. Given that China and India have committed to build a road through Tsum, this timeless region has only a couple of years of its unique and sacred energy remaining. Come and hear how Wilderness Trekking has found itself in a unique position to offer a way of supporting the Tsumba (inhabitants of Tsum) in the face of this tragic development.
Friday 14th February 7:00pm – Quadra Legion – Community Love Valentine’s Dinner and Dance
Dinner and Skyla $25 7pm
Skyla $10 9pm – 12am
Advance booking highly recommended. Tickets at Hummingbird, the Gas Station and Java Bay Cafe in Heriot Bay. Telephone reservations possible: Call Mick on 1-250-588-8735.
A fundraising dinner dance and night of “Community Love” as we welcome Skyla, a talented DJ and live music duo from Victoria. A classic Steak or Buddha Burger dinner with “Love Quiz” starts us off, as Skyla then tempts us onto the dance floor...in their own words:
“Skylab Sounds is a live electronic performance project. Fronted by award winning vocalist and flutist Skyla J and the talented Ozzie on Bass and Keys. Combining smooth liquid deep house, soul and dub, their innovative sound is often compared to Sade, Morcheeba and Massive Attack”.
Please join us for a fun, love and a great cause as we feast and dance on Valentine’s night!!