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Doug and Patricia Gilchrist on Batase and the Poon Hill Trek

My wife and I had the enormous privilege of visiting Nepal with “Take on Nepal”.

Take on Nepal provided me with a wonderful opportunity to experience village life in Nepal (in the beautiful village of Batase), and also undertake the Annapurna trek accompanied by three experienced and dedicated members of the Take on Nepal team; Samjhana, Dinesh and Anil.

From the moment you arrive in Kathmandu, you are greeted by a representative from the team who provides you with a very warm welcome and friendly smile. This warm friendliness is repeated over and over, daily, throughout your stay in Nepal.

Observing and participating in the school, provided insight and admiration of what is being achieved in education and the effect of immersion of volunteers from English speaking countries.

I was also grateful to be given the opportunity to visit two nearby village medical centres (in Thakani and Manebhanjhang) and be shown the facility and given a brief outline of their community health programs.

I felt very privileged to be given the opportunity to be immersed and observe village life in Batase, and to witness the enormous achievements that have been made to improve the quality of life for Nepalese children through “Take on Nepal” and FHC inc

It was very heartening to see the development program to encourage and support of young women as guides. We witnessed this first hand observing the confidence, compassion and leadership skills of our guide, who also took us on daily walks showing us the foods of the forest.

Although brief, this has been an experience that has enriched my life and I owe this to all those people that we have come in contact with over the last month.

~ Doug Gilchrist

My husband and I have had a month of wonderful experiences through Take On Nepal. First we spent time in Batase Village feeling and living the way of life of the Nepali people. The locals were all very welcoming and accepted us into their village and encouraged us to join activities as much as we felt comfortable. I was impressed with the work of all the people concerned with the education and care of the children accommodated at the Batase Hostel.
The second part is our visit involved trekking the Annapurna circuit with three of the most likeable young people who were full of exuberance and vitality.

Take On Nepal encourages and supports young women to be independent and make their own way in the world where it could be difficult to do so because of cultural and family issues. We had a very strong, committed and mature young lady accompany us on our Annapurna trek. She lead us throughout and proved to be very professional and aware of all our surroundings including our abilities as trekkers.

I have no hesitation in recommending Take On Nepal to anyone who wishes to visit Nepal and in doing so also helps provide encouragement and opportunities for young women of Nepal to fulfill their dreams.

~ Patricia Gilchrist

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