I attended a fundraiser the other night for the Trans-Himalayan Aid Society. They held a dinner at the Cafe Kathmandu which featured not only delicious food but live music as well! For those of you that know me, my husband and I trekked to Everest base camp in Nepal for our honeymoon in 2000. We fell in love with the area and the people….so this was a lovely evening that brought back memories and the longing to go again.
But what is TRAS?
Their current project is in partnership with READI Nepal, a local volunteer non-governmental organization which is dedicated to “fighting untouchability and illiteracy”by improving education, health and income generation opportunities of Humla villages. Together with TRAS, READI is conducting a 3 year project to educate 30 young children selected from very poor, dalit (untouchable),minority or conflict-affected villages. TRAS is providing 90% of the funds. Since 2010 they have achieved the following goals: a hostel has been rented and furnished in Simikot, a cook has been hired and trained using local foods, the 30 selected children are in school for the first time, two teachers have received training in Kathmandu, and the first library in Humla has been established at the school, thanks to a grant from the Nepal Library Foundation of Vancouver.
You can read more about TRAS on their website, it’s a fascinating story about one couple from Vancouver who quietly made a difference. They started in 1962!
If you would like to help out or attend any of the upcoming events see the website
or call 604-224-5133 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAS is celebrating their 50th anniversary !
Photographic Exhibit: Sept 1-28th at the Moat Gallery (Vancouver Public Library)
Gala dinner: November 3rd. Call for tickets.