Deep in rural Nepal, a group of childhood friends from low-caste families has started a trekking guide social enterprise that has transformed their home community of Kumari. Led by Jagat Lama, the guides have channeled their profits and energy into developing a self-sustaining community centered around many of the regions firsts: basic electricity, a women’s skill center, a local school, a working community farm, and a medical hospital.
Jagat is driven by a promise he made to his dying father to bring medical care to the village. At the grand opening celebration, Jagat’s mother is the first patient of many into the Sukman Memorial Polyclinic, named after his father.
Less than 2 years later, a massive earthquake hits Nepal, leveling the hospital, school, and women’s skill center. Because Kumari is so remote, Jagat and the other trekking guides respond with aid, food, and shelter. Wrestling with the continued challenges, Jagat digs deep and finds the strength to help lead the Kumari recovery. The village is rebuilt stronger than before as the guides turn their vision to the next generation of leaders to continue their vision of self-sustained growth and empowerment.
In the remote Nepalese region of Kumari, the Tamang community lives isolated from even the most basic of necessities. Considered among the lowest caste in Nepal, the people of Kumari suffer from prejudice, neglect, and extreme poverty.
When volunteers arrived in 2008, they found a community with no medical facility, no electricity, no road, and no toilets. Without access to healthcare and sanitation needs and the nearest hospital a nine-hour hike away, the Tamang people suffered severe illness and death from treatable afflictions.
Through Jagat's vision, the generosity of donors, and the hard work of volunteers, Kumari residents are continuing to gain access to electricity, medical care, education, and other necessities to empower their community.
These efforts are ongoing and their success rests upon opportunities presented through hard work, determination, and the continued support from those hearing their stories.
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Revenue from Kumari: A Father's Dream is being directed to the people of Kumari to continue to support ongoing community growth projects. You can further contribute to these efforts by donating directly to our fund or purchasing items from our shop.