Story

It Began in 2011...

Seth Wolpin and Dorjee Sherpa were on an Everest expedition. While traveling together, they discovered a common interest in trying to help the ‘plight of the porter’. Many of the porters were doing backbreaking jobs at high altitude to help their children attend school in Kathmandu. Wanting to help these children further, they chose to start their own charity. On December 19th, 2011, Wide Open Vistas was registered as a non-profit in Washington State (UBI 603166667).

Adventure is at the heart of WOV...

In 2012, Seth ran across the United States – covering 3,384 miles in 107 days and raising enough funds to help five children attend school in Kathmandu. When the money was on the edge of running out, Seth joined John Fiddler and Kathleen Egan for a 1,200 mile traverse across the Himalayas. They were able to raise over $4,000 in donations. After the traverse, a board was established,  we gained recognition as a formal non-profit with 501(c)(3) status (EIN 46-4952663), and plans were put in place to support more children and build a set of evidence-based interventions to help them stay in school with a focus on girls.

Wide Open Vistas has since formalized our commitment to children in Nepal through an extensive educational plan and hiring people on the ground in Nepal to support our programs. As a small nonprofit with strong relationships in Nepal, we remain adaptable to the ways in which we can make an impact on poverty in Nepal. You can read more about our three areas of focus (1) Youth Scholars Program, (2) Girls in Action Program, and (3) Community Projects on their respective pages.