Philip Hoyle and Ray Wood, members of the Rotary Club of Kendal, have just returned from three weeks in Nepal where they visited the village of Khiraule, in a remote part of the Solu Khumbu (Everest region). The trip represents the culmination of two and a half years of work and co-operation, locally and internationally, to raise nearly £25,000 to fund a major redevelopment project at the village school to include: a water sanitation scheme; the building new classrooms and refitting existing ones; and the delivery of new teaching aids and sports equipment.
Khiraule is the home village of Lhakpa Sherpa who, with his wife Pat, lives, in the summer months, in Barbon, near Casterton. The village has a population of approximately 400, mostly small-scale farmers, of whom about 90 are children who attend the local school. To reach the village, the party of 10 trekkers, mostly local residents, had to walk for 4 days each way from and to the regional airport of Phaplu - walks that included both descents and ascents of around 1,000 metres and required sleeping under canvass, sometimes at height of nearly 3,000 metres, when the temperature dropped to around -7 degrees.