Now back home, after enjoying several intense weeks in Nepal and the Kingdom of Bhutan.  Intense, both in the physical sense and the emotional, although this time the aim was not to climb 8,000 meters.

Mountaineers for Himalayas Foundation

Mountaineers for Himalayas Foundation

As I have said before, I have been cooperating for more than 10 years with the Mountaineers for Himalayas Foundation (MHF), a foundation which aims to offer a better future to children without resources or from conflictive family environments in the mountains of the Himalayas and Karakorum.  This solidarity initiative takes shape,  in particular, in Kailash Home situated in Kathmandu (Nepal), the place where 100 children aged between 3 and 18 are housed. In addition to economic support, our aim is to find people who are willing to sponsor new children to that they can live in the Centre. They receive an education which is tolerant and totally integrated in their culture and customs so that in the future they themselves become people who, in turn, can offer their capabilities towards improving their environment.  I invite you to get to know the Foundation and the Centre which we direct in the dossier downloadable from our website.

Mountaineers for Himalayas Foundation

Nothing is more satisfying that to visit the centre, see how the children welcome you and to realise that you are truly contributing to them having a fuller life.  One day I went shopping with eight children to buy them clothes in Kathmandu and it was an eye-opening experience. The had never seen mechanical escalators and, just in case, they opted to walk up the ordinary stairs.  On our return, the children and staff in Kailash had prepared a birthday party for all those whose birthday it was during the month, and we ended up eating and dancing in an amazing atmosphere. When the smaller children fell asleep from exhaustion, the older ones lovingly lifted them in their arms and carried them off to bed.

Sadly, I didn’t spend much time with these children but the experience was as intense as any ascent up the mountains where they were born.