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  • Sadobaje Medical centre upgrade!     2 June 2016
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    Active team members Kelsey and Carol Meyer have been hard at work fundraising for Fairbanks Alaska for much needed medical equipment. After discussions with the small Sadobaje medical clinic we compiled a list of urgently needed items. Kelsey and Carol (both ER nurses) held a fundraising Nepali themed dinner pre xmas. Arjun and Dk back on he ground this April purchased the equipment and had it trucked into the Himalayan foothills. Specifically concentrating on pre/post natal care the small rural medical clinic now has a far safer, cleaner and modern space for the new born to enter this world. Thank you Kelsey, Carol and all the wonderful folk from Fairbanks and beyond that helped out with this project! Champions!

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  • Our second major library is opened in Khule!     2 June 2016
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    Over a year has past since the earthquakes devastated the rural areas of Nepal. Active Hearts Himalaya has had an incredible 12 months since this tragedy. With the support from our donars, volunteers and the Nepali people we have accomplished great things. The latest was our beautiful new library in Khule village, Nuwakot district. The opening day 7 hour ceremony on May 29th (53 yrs after Hillary's Everest summit) was filled with song, dance, speeches and laughter. Along with the new fully stocked library we provided 4 new computers and hundreds of pens, pencils and knitted garments. A day of celebrations! Check out pics in the gallery. Thank you again to all the donars who continue to make this possible. Kind regards Dan x

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  • Sadobaje Active Hearts Library is open!     22 December 2015
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    Namaste we have wonderful news! Our first Active Hearts Himalaya llibrary was opened November 8 in Sadobaje village, Nuwakot district. It was almost 6 months late due to the April 25 earthquake which flattened much of this area. (About 8 hrs north of Kathmandu in one of the heaviest hit areas) This is a magical place beneath the beautiful Langtang range. Over 7,000m, 23,000ft! We provided all materials, building costs and about 3000 books, both for reading and teaching. The cost for this project was about $10,000NZD, $7000USD. The day couldn’t have been better with the entire village complete with band to escorts us through town to the Sadobaje Higher Secondary school for the ceremony. And what a ceremony it was! 6 hours of music, dancing and speeches. A team of 10 from the Hearts charity were present and very spoilt by the local children, teachers and villagers. The library looks amazing and has already been put to good use by the excited students. Pictures have been coming back from the village of students enjoying their brand new library! After some pretty major set backs we are so proud of our team in Nepal and so thankful all the donars who have made this possible. Amazing work everyone! Thank you Dk x

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  • The Hearts team are back in Nepal after monsoon      22 December 2015
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    Namaste friends and family, it has been a few months since our last up date here on our give a little page. If you haven’t had a chance yet have a look at our Facebook page ACTIVE HEARTS HIMALAYA as there has been regular updates posted over the previous months. Since the last update here we have been very busy fundraising around the world and getting stuck into community projects under the Himalayas post monsoon in Nepal.

    The ‘unofficial’ blockade of Nepal’s southern boarders imposed by India halting fuel, cooking gas, food and much needed medical supplies has resulted in Nepali folk suffering hardships far greater than the earthquakes ever presented. Now it is more important than ever small groups like Active Hearts are out there on the ground assisting villagers. The Hearts team has been very busy.

    A 10 day trek of friends and family departed Oct 26th to the lower Everest Solu Khumbu regions. We flew into Phaplu from Kathmandu and hiked for 3 day to Gudel village. 3 days was spent here visiting the schools and surrounding villages. Then followed a challenging but stunning 4 day trek to Lukla were we flew back to Kathmandu. The objective was to visit our Everest porters and guides remote villages employing them for the trek. Trekking numbers are down 70% so many involved In the trekking industry are doing it tough this winter. We had a wonderful time in an area electricity is still yet to reach, foreigners seldom venture and the local people have some of the largest smiles we have ever seen. Aside from a much needed boost into the local economy through employing our porters and guides and shopping locally for supplies we have also committed to suppling the Gudel Lower Secondary school with the educational and curriculum related books they need.

    The trek was extremely rewarding for many reasons and the Hearts team plan on leading a similar remote village trek once a year. The purpose will be to share Nepal’s beautiful remote areas in a safe organised manner while providing our local boys and their villages employment and assistance with local projects.

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  • The library will be opened!     24 June 2015
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    The Sadobaje library is pushing on despite the little set back 2 months ago. . . .! As a recap, we began Active Hearts as a group of mountain guides raising money to build a library for the local community school in Sadobaje. The earthquake put a hold on this but now we are finishing the project to be ready to open after monsoon. Many of our fellow Nepali guides and porter's children attend this school. Gogane, the village that features in many of our posts, is one of about 10 small village communities that send their children to the 40 yr old libraryless Sadobaje school. The student role is approximately 900 catering from 5-17yrs. There is now also two university classes in humanities and business. The library will provide a huge range of books from atlases, encyclopedias to books relevant the students curriculum. Also English children's books, novels, puzzles and games. With the mountain schools about to close for the monsoon period we hope to open our library in September when the Active Hearts team returns to begun rebuild for our friends. This is a day we are all looking forward to! Share the good news my friends!

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  • A break down of the extra sponsorship on your behalf     16 June 2015
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    I'm summarizing our efforts since the quake. Starting today with jeep loads and people we have sponsored on your behalf. These are outside of our immediate efforts in Gogane and the surrounding villages in Nuwakot.

    We have sponsored jeep loads with the Phat Kath and Dalai-La Hotel brothers to Gorka regions and Yellow Gompa in Kathmandu. (home to the homeless people of Langtang) With Earthbound Expedition's staff loads have been sent to Danduguan, Kaure and Dhading, Fulkharka. With the Thamel Eco resort staff we have sent relief packages with the hospo and security crew to their villages. Into the Everest region we have sent relief for 200 families via our porters and donkeys. The camp area behind Hotel Mala in Kathmandu we have sponsored monsoon shelters for city folk who are homeless. There are many more smaller packages we have sent with friends to their villages when possible.

    We have paid for the funeral cremation ceremony costs for 7 families. Given money donations to those extremely poor in the village areas who would perhaps not survive without. A watermill collapsed one of our porter's wife and son. His son was killed and him wife has extremely bad injuries. We are assisting with hospital and rehabilitation costs.

    A small collection here of the many photos we have received back from these areas with extremely touching thank yous. So thank you on their behalf.

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  • Phase two monsoon preparation complete     15 June 2015
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    Namaste my friends. I have landed in New Zealand and have met my perfect little nephew Joseph Kaya Taimona Keys born 5 days after the quake. What an amazing little guy!

    From the bottom of my heart thank YOU! for your donations and words of encouragement over the last 6 weeks. You know who you are... We couldn't have achieved anything without you. I wish you could see the smiles you have created during some very dark times. An endless thank you to all my brothers and sisters who have been there on the ground volunteering with Active Hearts. Its been an honor to walk those village paths beside you all. Lastly all our Nepali friends. The Active guides and porters who have helped so tirelessly, the bros who own the restaurants and stores in Kathmandu who have supported us, donated from their shelves to our jeep loads and the local folk for inspiring us with ideas and methods through their own selfless relief work.

    When we return in September post monsoon there will much to do. Now fundraising is our priority. Watch this space! So many of you have helped and continue to help with ideas and donations. Amazing critters walk this earth. We have a lot of work ahead.

    Active Hearts will continue to help all we can during the monsoon period. Arjun and the boys will keep us updated on progress.

    This week I will write a post each day here and on our facebook page 'Active Hearts Himalaya' to summarize where your generous donations have been spent. Please continue to follow and share our page. I will be posting regularly during the 'off season'.

    We have been on TV3 NZ national news and the Paul Henry Show. Here is the links if you would like to see the interviews.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/tvshows/paulhenry/interviews/how-is-nepal-coping-two-months-on#axzz3d4j2s1ea

    http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/kiwi-nepal-trekker-raises-funds-for-library-2015061118#axzz3cQStDRAg

    Lastly i want to thank the real heroes here. The beautiful brave people we have had the pleasure of helping. The villagers who have lost everything have taught us so much. Life lessons in humility, endurance, community and love. You have given so much and asked for so little. I owe you a debt i will endeavor to repay.

    Thank you again everyone

    massive love

    Dan x

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  • Four weeks later....     21 May 2015
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    Nepal is a different country to the place i knew one month ago. What was ment to be a wonderful day for the mountain community celebrating their new library, was instead a surreal experience. We stood on the same spot on the same day where the ceremonies were due to take place and instead looked over a school, village and community destroyed. One of tens of thousands of villages that only days earlier had their world turned upside down.

    The past four weeks have been extremely challenging and very exhausting. Since Active Hearts Himalaya became an emergency aid and relief team we have worked tirelessly to get food, meds, shelter and some hope to our guides, porters, friends and families in the mountain areas affected by the earthquake. It has taken its toll on the team. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, infection, fever, dsyntary and then some have been apart of this journey. The emotional fatigue is a big hurdle we have all had to push through at times.

    On our facebook page 'Active Hearts Himalaya' you can follow all the updates and pictures as we work from Kathmandu to the hills. In this present moment we have moved on from immediate relief. We are now rebuilding and upgrading the irrigation systems in the village area. A project that will be an important lifeline for 2000+ folk during monsoon and beyond. We are also working with these monsoon shelter designs from the good guys at http://www.portalbikes.org/shelters/

    The kind hearted village folk, the endless smiles and endless tea we are always presented with remind us that this is worth sticking it out for. Many tourists hopped on the first flight out of Nepal when disaster struck. There is nothing wrong with that. But we want our donors, friends and families to know, we are here for the long run. We will all need to go back to our different corners of the world to reset, recharge and reconnect with our own families, but we will be back next season. And the one after that.

    Thank you all again for your generous donations. Their are some beautiful people out here, mothers, grandfathers, children, animals and more for which you are providing a chance. We are making a difference out there.

    So now, its back to work.

    Peace and love

    Dan x

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  • One week till the big day! The team is in Kathmandu...     24 April 2015
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    The count down is on and a huge day is planned for the big opening of the new library. The date is set for May 1st. In the next few days Dk and the Active Hearts team Mel, Gokul, Arjun and Kedar will be purchasing school books from around Kathmandu. The custom books shelves will be picked up and loaded onto the truck to make the 7hr journey to the village. Mukhiya and our generous friends at Phat Kath bar in Thamel, Kathmandu are donating some shelving also. Because you are all such wonderful people we have some excess funds.We are also purchasing toothbrushes and paste, board games and some sports equipment. Some of our porter team will head up on the 29th to start preparing while Dk and the team follow on April 30th.

    We are expecting over 1000 people to attend the festivities from the village and surrounding areas. A morning of speeches is planned followed by a chance for the students and villagers to explore their new library. And of course a huge Dal Bhat feast will be had that evening and no doubt some singing and dancing.

    Once again Id like to thank you all for your kind words of support, generous donations and for taking the time to help our friends here in Nepal.

    Ill keep you posted on the big day! Stay tuned for pictures of the library and the opening ceremony.

    Have a look in the gallery section for pics of some of the books folks have donated. A big thank you to Queenstown Salvation army for their massive donations of books!

    Peace and love

    Dk and the Active Hearts team.

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  • The count down to opening the library is on!     20 March 2015
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    We have now raised over $7000NZD for Active Hearts Himalaya! I have changed the charity page so we can all see the grand total for the project. We also have our first box of books kindly donated by the Queenstown Salvation Army. Thank you all a million times over for your generous support in this venture. The library is progressing nicely in the village. Check out some recent photos in the gallery from the last couple of weeks. The room is huge! and looking sharp now painted and almost ready for the giant bookshelves to be installed once they are finished being constructed in Kathmandu. We have a new opening day date which will be around May 1st. We are trying to coordinate the date so as many of our guides and porters can be present with their friends and families for the occasion. Its a happy time for all our friends in the village and the count down to the cutting of the ribbon is drawing closer! Thank you all again for your kind words of support and generous donations.

    Peace and love

    Dan

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