Nepali Lekali Fund Run
Organized by: Andrew Russo
EVENT DATE Jun 04, 2016
In 2013, my wife Nicole and I went on a three-week hike to Everest Base Camp. When one of the trek leaders learned I was a coffee professional, and that I had passed the rigorous “Quality” tasting exam, he had his brother fly into Kathmandu to meet me. Nima Tenzing Sherpa is a rare person; smart, dedicated, and kinder than most. He shared his passion for adventure, coffee, and asked for my help on his journey to bring his nation forward in the specialty coffee world. I have helped him in many ways and, when my phone rang after the Nepal Quake and he informed me that his farm, his village, and his livelihood vanished I could not sit idle. I sprung into action by creating a website, speaking to contacts in coffee, the UK embassy in Nepal, and the hiking community. I refused to let his village be forgotten in the chaos and managed to put it on the radar of NGOs operating in Nepal. I also raised nearly 23,000 USD in a two-week effort and in November of 2015 traveled to Lekali Coffee Estate outside of Kathmandu to finish the job I had started. There is still work to be done and this race will aid the final efforts in and around Bhirkune village.
We have a team of runners who will be raising funds to contribute to this cause and we all will run ~6 miles from Marymoore State Park along the Sammammish River Trail to Red Hook on June 4th, 2016 to raise awareness for the village and the continuing plight of those communities in Nepal who have fallen off the world's radar due to the passing of time and still need our help.
The funding will be used to:
-Rebuild the remaining structures
-Fund a community center