Preliminary Designs for New Girls Bathrooms at Budhanilkantha Govt. School

Preliminary Designs for New Girls Bathrooms at Budhanilkantha Govt. School

We are still working on the minutes from the October 2nd board meeting but a great thing to come out of it was approval of Dorjee Sherpa's proposal to use the earthquake funds (up to $15,000 USD) at Budhanilkantha school in northern Kathmandu to help build adequate bathroom facilities for the female students. There is a strong link between access and staying in school for girls in Nepal. We've toured the school, met with leaders, and have initial engineering designs (we are paying $90 to a company for these designs and have some latitude on changing them).…Read more
First micro-research grant award – Pediatric Vision Screening

First micro-research grant award – Pediatric Vision Screening

We are excited to announce that our first micro grant award has been awarded with the goal of improved screening of vision issues for children in Dhulikhel, Nepal. A team led by Raju Kaiti has been awarded ~$870 to purchase age-appropriate vision screening tools. Raju is an optometrist at Dhulikhel Hospital and also studying for his masters degree. The vision tools will be used to establish the prevalence of vision issues being presented in the clinic, they will also be used in a cross-sectional study at nearby schools. The study will be approved…Read more
Bamboo Houses

Bamboo Houses

We can't just sit still! We are partnering in a new project with two other organizations to build strong bamboo housing with metal roofing for residents in Nuwakot, Ranipauwa, Kakani-2, Sisneri. We expect to fund at least 20 of the 35 houses that will be built using some of your donations (approximately $100 per house + transport and labor). Sudeep will be on site and we'll be collecting full receipts, and will share photos of each person with their new house. These are still meant to be temporary, but they will last a…Read more
Update on Youth Scholars and School Rebuilding Efforts

Update on Youth Scholars and School Rebuilding Efforts

Youth Scholarship Program On June 7th, 9th and 16th, Dorjee and Sudeep visited schools and family members of the 9 students WOV is currently sponsoring. This connects with Goal 1b in our educational plan. They spoke with school teachers where our students are currently studying. Dorjee and Sudeep talked about possible partnership with the schools on sponsoring 11 new students. Though the interaction with the management and teachers was fruitful, schools throughout the country have just opened after the earthquake and the detail reports from the students that are returning are yet to…Read more
Visit to Dhulikhel about Micro-grants and School Rebuilding Status

Visit to Dhulikhel about Micro-grants and School Rebuilding Status

Quick update: Seth went to Dhulikhel Hospital (about 30k east of Kathmandu) yesterday and met with Dr. Rajeev Shrestha who is helping administer our micro-research grant program. The two also met with optometrist Raju Kaiti (currently a student working on his masters) and ophthalmologist Dr. Pooja Shrestha. Raju has led a micro-research proposal (submitted before the earthquake) to improve vision screening services for children under 6 years old. We'll be reporting more on this in the coming months. Dhulikhel Hospital is doing amazing work helping remote communities under chaotic conditions (many of the…Read more
Putting Plans into Action: Delivering Tarps and Community Assessments

Putting Plans into Action: Delivering Tarps and Community Assessments

The May 12th earthquake which measured 7.3 only added insult to injury in Nepal. We had three objectives: a) Deliver tarps to the village of Heywa with donations made to Wide Open Vistas. b) To travel from Heywa west to Jiri and conduct community assessments for the International Organization on Migration -while moving through parts of Solukhumbhu, Ramechhap and Dolakha. c) To deliver additional tarps to Phakding in the Solukhumbu and assess potential of helping to rebuild community school. Friday May 15th: Sudeep, Dorjee and Seth left Kathmandu with a jeep at 6am…Read more

Tarps, Fastpacks and Community Assessment

Super long Thursday here in Kathmandu. Sorry for the super long post about it but we want to let you know what we are doing. We spent a lot of the day zooming around the city checking out tarps and ultimately buying 120 - many are 12 X 18 ft which will provide a lot of coverage. Many shops are closed and the few selling tarps are charging extortionate prices. Thanks to Robin Boustead, Richard Bull, and a network of people in Kathmandu working on shelter acquisition, we found a bulk dealer who…Read more

The Earthquake in Nepal and WOV

Namaste, First, this message is going out to everyone who has donated to Wide Open Vistas (WOV) past or present. Thank you once again for your help towards WOV efforts to help victims of the Nepal earthquake. Nepal is still suffering significant aftershocks, and disruptions in communications, water, and healthcare. If you gave prior to the earthquake - wonderful. We have a very solid education strategy being reviewed by the board (a draft is on the website) along with a proposed budget that should see our 9 kids plus 11 more supported through 2016…Read more
2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

Happy New Year everyone.   We accomplished a lot this year at Wide Open Vistas! Two board members (Kathleen and myself) walked, climbed, and crawled 1,200+ miles across the Himalaya while fundraising for WOV (short video). After finishing, we put donations to work helping children attend school in Kathmandu. Other accomplishments include setting up a  fund for micro-research grants in health sciences, a new website, and we were approved as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. To be honest, some of these things took a lot longer then they should have, and we still have a ways to go,…Read more