Our first night together in Kathmandu, 2017

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Barbara buying an item from Glenda

Elizabeth buying items to benefit Beauty for Ashes

Langtang in Nepal was the destination in 2017 for the tenth TOYL trek. No wonder this remote destination was #42 on The New York Times list of 53 places to go in 2017! The 12 adventerous hikers jumped into the trek with enthusiasm, humor and flexibility. Many new friendships were made and others deepened along the journey. This was the first year I had a waiting list for the group thanks to word of mouth by many of you and The New York Times! Two member were repeats. Michele was in the first group in 2011 and Karin from last year. Eight of them extended to continue our service work and programs in Dadagaun Village.
Before leaving for our trek Joel, President Basa Village Foundation, and two other board members joined us for sightseeing and a dinner at Sagrangi. Joel, on behalf of the Basa Village foundation donated 40 LiminAid LED solar powered lights to give to the anti-human trafficking groups I’m associated with. Because of the generosity of friends in the States, there were 5 lap tops, two sewing machines and about $3,000 dollars to donate to theres groups and the music program in Dadaaun Village School. At dinner we enjoyed a festive evening enhanced by four talented musicians playing while we enjoyed lively conversation with our guests.
In addition to Joel, we were joined by Indira Ghale, (Founder of Change Action Nepal), Glenda Hauser, (Executive Director of Beauty for Ashes (beautyforashesnepal.com), Dhruba Thapa (New Hope Ministries, (www.newhopenepal.com), and Ajay a teacher from Dadagaun Village School. Since 2016, 10% of the trip’s cost is donated to these anti-human trafficking groups that I met through Shanon Taylor via another contact I made in 2011. Group members enjoyed meeting these brave humanitarians and enjoyed buying jewelry from Glenda to support her organization. Indira, gave a heart felt talk thanking us for inspiring her to keep working on behalf of the most oppressed groups in Nepal. She said, “You have fought for women’s rights and succeeded in your country. Your success and continual striving for justice helps keep me going.”

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