Along the trek to Everest Base Camp, one essential stop is the Himalayan Rescue Association’s outpost in Pheriche, for a talk on high altitude safety. In 2015, a group of Stanford students guided by WWTrek not only took these safety lessons to heart, but were deeply touched by the HRA’s work saving lives in some of the world’s most extreme environments. They resolved to take action, and raised $3,500 for the Human Outreach Project to use in support of the HRA. HOP worked with Globus Relief, a local Utah medical supplier, to purchase $1,400 of desperately needed medical supplies, pack them into 12 duffel bags, and deliver them to HRA’s headquarters in Kathmandu.
When asked about the best use of the remaining funds, HRA representatives immediately pointed us to their outpost in Manang. Despite sitting along the extremely popular trekking of the Annapurna Circuit, and playing a critical role in providing life-saving medical care in a remote and inaccessible area, the Manang outpost was run-down and sorely underutilized. HOP realized that renovating Manang outpost’s dismal living quarters and overhauling the building was a bigger project than Stanford’s funds could afford, but it was also the opportunity we had been looking for to build in Nepal.
HOP added $5,000 to the Stanford funds to renovate the existing clinic, and another $25,000 for the construction of an extension. This four bedroom addition will provide living quarters for up to three volunteer doctors as well as emergency overnight patients. On April 1st 2017, construction crews broke ground, beginning our long-term commitment to seeing the Manang outpost reach its potential as a crucial medical outpost.
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HRA’s operations throughout Nepal
HRA’s Manang Outpost
Trekkers and locals in need of medical care along the Annapurna Circuit, and throughout Nepal
Major renovations and new living quarters in Manang
We provided $1,400 worth of medical supplies to HRA
We funded and began construction on renovations and a new building in Manang