Human Outreach Project
HOP Sherpa Relief Fund
On Monday, May 26 2014, The Human Outreach Project held a fundraiser in conjunction with Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort to benefit the 16 Sherpa families affected by the April disaster on Mount Everest. Through the generous support of our donors, and matching grants from the Bass Family, HOP was able to raise over $27,000 for its Sherpa Fund. This money will go directly to the families affected by the avalanche on Mount Everest.
"As a community of mountaineers, we feel inspired to bring relief to those families affected in the Khumbu region. We are committed to using the money raised for a long-term commitment to the families of the Sherpas who lost their lives on the mountain.” -Dean
HOP Mission: Focusing on children, working on projects that give back to the communities we visit.
Human Outreach Project (HOP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization conceived out of the idea that climbers and trekkers could — and should — give back to communities surrounding expedition sites. HOP strives to reach communities in remote areas of Africa, Asia, and South America. Climbers taking part in guided expeditions with World Wide Trekking (WWTrek) access these regions as part of their trips. The durable parterships established with communities have as their defining characteristics, a long-term commitment, needs identified by the local people, and a collaborative effort to contribute to sustainable solutions.
In its early years, HOP focused on the provision of basic medical, dental, and education supplies to impoverished communities — in particular orphans — in Nepal, Tanzania, and Peru. Working with local community leaders, HOP has evolved into an organization with a special commitment to the health, educational, and developmental needs of children living in orphanages adjacent to expedition sites.
In 2010, HOP formed a sister organization in Africa, Human Outreach Projects — Tanzania, recognized by the Tanzanian government as a non-profit. Through the generous donations of our supporters, HOP — Tanzania was able to purchase four acres of land to build a new orphanage. Ground was broken on the first of several buildings during our 2010 Student Leadership program, and in June 2012 we received government approval to move the first ten children into our facilities. We are proud to report that the staff and first children have moved in and are enjoying the brand new facilities at our Kilimanjaro Kids Community!
Cash is the most powerful tool towards making an impact on these projects. Why? We've built relationships that best utilize dollars.... Over the years we have learned that buying supplies at the site not only cuts down on the cost of shipping, but it promotes the local economy, which promotes sustainability.... Make a donation
Voluntourism. Take a trip with WWTrek and experience first hand the exhiliration of giving back to the Human Outreach Project! Join us alongside an existing trip or request a customized trek of your own. Help out with everything from distributing supplies, to building projects...
Go even further- here are some projects that our members have undertaken in the past:
- Raise funds as a group or organization. Contact us for specific items or projects we need funding for and take it on as a goal to provide the money necessary to acheive it. We will provide photos and credit to your organization for your hard work.
- Collecting these bulk items... dental care kits... personal hygene kits... sporting goods... toys without packaging.
Testimonials from Volunteers:
Mary and I have done many adventures together, but this is one of the most memorable. Not only did we see sights that were truly amazing, unique to awe inspiring we experienced every emotion. Thank you for including the cultural and humanitarian aspects to our African experience. It is what I will remember most about our African trek.
- Dean and Mary Dietrich, New York
Thank you so much for helping me to the summit of Kilimanjaro. You make the climb so comfortable and fun! I appreciate you helping me arrange and finish my Eagle Scout project at the HOP orphanage in Africa. Thanks for being such a great friend and mentor.
-Jake Taylor, 13 years old, Eagle Scout, Salt Lake City, Utah