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During October/November 2015 an intrepid team of 7 men and women from West Yorkshire, led by Austin Hartland and Nigel McLoughlin, embarked on an epic 3 week trip Nepal to carry out community project work at the CAN supported Health Post and Schools in Ghunsa and Lapcha, two earthquake hit villages in the Solukhumbu (Everest region)….a very long, dusty but thrilling jeep ride from Kathmandu.
The team, accompanied by the wonderful CAN nurse Nirmala, repainted Ghunsa Health Post and weather-proofed and repaired the temporary learning shelters, in readiness for winter, at the ‘quake damaged Shree Baleshwor Secondary School.
Following 5 days work at Ghunsa the team then trekked to Lapcha, a village badly hit in the second major earthquake – with many homes having been completely destroyed. Here the team worked at the Shree Jana Chetana Lower Secondary School, rebuilding damaged walls, repairing the slate roof and mending classroom floorboards.
All of the team were deeply moved and humbled by the genuine, grateful warmth of the welcome and hospitality they received from both communities.
After completing the project work the team trekked to Dudh Kunda, a glacial lake stunningly located at over 4,500 metres at the foot of 3 impressive Himalayan peaks – Numbur, Khatang and Karyolung. Supported by a first class team of 21 porters, guides and cooks they enjoyed fine weather and breath-taking mountain views, visiting many villages and cultural sites along the route including Buddhist monasteries at Junbsi and Thuptenchholing and the Ed Hillary founded hospital at Phaplu.
Returning by jeep from Phaplu to Kathmandu for a couple of days welcome rest (a hot shower!) and sight-seeing to conclude a truly memorable, worthwhile and rewarding trip.
Many thanks from the team to all the wonderful staff at CAN and Community Action Treks for helping make trip a great success.