SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE TOURISM – Clinics & Guides Support
Everest Base Camp, Nepal
SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE TOURISM BEGINS WITH AN OPEN & THANKFUL ATTITUDE:
WHEN TRAVELING, WHAT IMPACT DID THE LOCALS HAVE ON YOUR EXPERIENCE?
If the locals played an important role in provided you a superlative experience, why don’t you show them your gratitude with a mind-blowing tip! Whether it was the wait staff, the expedition leaders or porters who carried your gear, or a fun tour guide…keep a watchful eye out for all the people there at your destination who’s goal was to further your experience. Consider ignoring global world cost of living adjustments, and simply do something nice and memorable for the locals who were almost certainly not born into the same socioeconomic situation you were given, such as a free education, medical support, disease & war free childhood, etc.
Even though you purchased your airline or cruise tickets allowing you to visit these exotic beaches, safaris or jungle destinations you are still trespassing on their ancestral and family lands. It is always the governments, tour operators, and big machine owners who reap the vast majority of any economic benefits to be gained on tourism unless you help.
LEAVE A COUNTRY BETTER OFF THAN WHEN YOU ARRIVED:
As we all know, you can’t take it with you when you go, so as my grandmother used to say “Money is like manure, you need to spread it around”. The second adage which is really overused but way under-applied is that “It’s Better to Give, Than to Receive”. If travelers would throw caution to the wind and share more of their vast comparative wealth with the underdeveloped and struggling countries’ citizens, a traveler’s experiences could be multiplied tenfold into a sharing experience and a vacation.
HELP INDIVIDUALS AND ASK THEM TO HELP OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY:
Please consider giving directly to those around you, alternatively visit their community centers, hospitals, or clinics and ask directors there how you can help. It mights surprise you what kind of response you would get and what an emotional reward it could be to help an small village or community with a community gift.
ARE THEIR ANY CRISIS OR NATURAL DISASTERS TO CONSIDER PAST OR PRESENT?:
During our visit at Everest, the infamous 4-25-15 Earthquake and subsequent Avalanches occurred. These events ironically were subsequent to the completion of this project. That said, we still remained for several days at basecamp after the earthquake supporting and flying out the roughly 50 critically injured at base camp, and the approximate 20 who died among us. Additional photos shown above are of the distraction at basecamp, Kathmandu and Bahktapur World Heritage Site community.
Interested in Directly supporting a village in Nepal after the earthquake?
We’ve done numerous Community Projects in Nepal and we are here to help put you into direct contact with the locals on the ground who we know, trust and use:
DONT BLEED THE ARTISANS’ LAST DOLLAR:
Please consider when traveling and enjoying the local artisans’ markets and handicrafts, to be respectful of the local’s talents as the artists and secondly, be mindful that when you middle down the price, this may make you feel good; however, it could be a price below their costs because they may be considering just trying to put food on the table that night. Please don’t use “Inflation” as your excuse, to not provide a nice tip or gracious payment for their services.
WHAT THE INTI RAYMI FUND DID ON THE WAY TO EVEREST BASE CAMP:
Consider us crazy? I would ask you to try this…
As Chaski and I were trekking up to Everest Base Camp, we couldn’t help noticing the huge loads the Porters and Sherpas were carrying on their backs with straps across their heads. Due to very, very limited economic opportunities in the country of Nepal, the trekking, tourism and especially the Mt. Everest Expeditions have attracted many very desperate men who are trying to make a living for their family, however difficult and dangerous it is. Despite the dangers of altitude sickness and even death, plus the rigors of back breaking loads up to 110kgs, and physical injuries and falls, every year thousands of brave but humble men wander up the valley to work the Everest Season. In retrospect, this year more than ever did the Porters need the extra cash in their pockets as their country was hit my the massive destructive earthquake killing roughly 10,000
This year, Chaski and I did our best to select those who appeared to need economic support the most then personally and respectfully thanked them for their service and hard work for all the climbers. Along with our sincere compliments, we respectfully gave 90 Porters from the lower Khumbu Region a new $100 USD bill which equates to rough 15-20% of their annual pay as laborers. As you can see from our photos of their faces, after their shock, they were really delighted and happy and had a great story to bring home to their families. Total $9,000USD
In addition to the support for individuals mentioned above, the Inti Raymi Fund also supported the following 4 local privately funded hospitals, which provide either free or significantly subsidized medical help for the local Indigenous Peoples of the region:
-1 Lukla Hospital (Nicole Niquilla Foundation) Total: $3,500
-2 Pheriche Hospital Total: $2,500
-3 Kinde Hospital in Khumjung (HRA) Total: $4,500
-4 Everest Base Camp (HRA) Total: $2,500
-90 Local Porters: Total: $9,000
-Mission 14.org Total: $7,600
Total Nepali Support: $29,600
A special thanks to the mission14.org team of climbers and support who’s climb was dedicated for the awareness and prevention of young girls being kidnapped and taken into the illicit sex and labor slavery industry along the India/Nepal border region. We hope others will reach out to this collective set of NGO’s to support their difficult rescues.
Sponsors: Chimu, plus a generous gift from Dr. Sally St.Clair
Start Date: April, 2015
Completion Date: April, 2015
Funded so far: $29,600 USD
Total Project: $29,600 USD
Lives Affected: 490
Chimu & Chaski