Climb Up: Nepal is an adventure that raises awareness and funds for the children served by AFCA. This is an sixteen day adventure and is exhilarating and relaxing, all at the same time!
The team will be helping to do whatever they can to aid in the rebuilding of the nunnery that has hosted AFCA teams for many years. It will be hard work and challenging living conditions. However, the scenery, the resilience of the local people, the spirit and energy of the nuns and the work the team will do should provide more than enough inspiration!
This is a self-directed volunteer experience, so you can decide each day which tasks you would like to participate in. When we’re not working or you’d like to take a break from work, you may interact with the nuns, go hiking, meditate and immerse yourself in the culture and daily life of the village.
The region where Bigu is located was the epicenter of the second earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015. This area suffered incredible amounts of damage, wiping out complete villages. Because Bigu is so remote and not on any of the major trekking routes in Nepal, this community, comprised of nearly 30,000 inhabitants in five distinct villages, has received little in the way of government aid or assistance.
The Tashi Chime Gatsal Nunnery in Bigu is home to over 70 nuns, many of them children whose families cannot afford to care for them. Nearly every building - the nuns housing, kitchen, temple, bathrooms - were destroyed or made uninhabitable. Our teams will help them rebuild through a partnership with Himalayan Guge Organization. A portion of the funds raised will help in these efforts and the rest will be used by AFCA to help African children infected with or affected by AIDS through:
Medical equipment and supplies to hospitals in the communities where AFCA’s children live
Training in gardening, husbandry and veterinary skills
Livestock and seeds so orphan families can break the cycle of poverty by becoming farmers
Click on your team name under the “leaderboard” tab and create your fundraising page. Funds raised here will go against your $3500 commitment towards this adventure. Thanks so much for caring!
The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) is a non-profit organization providing critical comprehensive services to infected and affected HIV+ children and their caregivers. Our programs are efficient, promoting self-reliance and sustainability. Since 2005, in collaboration with our in-country partners, we have served tens of thousands of families in some of the most underserved and marginalized communities in Africa. Our areas of impact include: medical support, livelihoods, educational support and emergency relief. AFCA is a-4-star rated charity with Charity Navigator.
Currently, AFCA is transforming lives in Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.