How we started

Click through the photo gallery above which features  the village of  Ghunsa – the location of CAN’s first project and a village CAN continues to support

Community Action Nepal was started by a group of mountaineers who wanted to give something back to the mountain communities of the Himalaya.

The principle force behind Community Action Nepal was Doug Scott, CBE – the mountaineer who made the first British ascent of Everest.

Doug recognised that, “my success on Everest, was largely down to the local people who’d helped me reach the mountain”. He also – “with a considerable sense of anger” – had come to realise that many of the Nepalese porters supporting many expeditions and treks “weren’t actually being paid.”

His first step was to set up a trekking cooperative called Community Action Treks, where porters would receive a fair wage and be guaranteed reasonable working conditions. This proved to be so successful that the cooperative’s profits could be re-cycled back into the local mountain communities.

This was just the start and Community Action Nepal was set up in 1994 to both manage projects funded by Community Action Treks but also to raise funds in the UK to carry out further projects. With the backing and support of many mountain enthusiasts – from Sir Chris Bonington to weekend climbers and hill walkers – Community Action Nepal has gone from strength to strength, enabling a whole range of ‘grassroots’ projects in Nepal.

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