Site Visit to Buddhanilkantha Secondary School

A few more pictures and notes from our site visit to Buddhanilkantha Public School earlier this month. Even though the bathroom has been in use for several months, and we have had our ribbon cutting ceremony, there are still some finishing touches to do. Construction in Kathmandu is always challenging! We sat down with the principal and vice principal and made a laundry list of items that need fixing. Sudeep is going to take the lead on coordinating these with contractors and the school, he will also have help from Sonam, and we…Read more
2015 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

Namaste!  This has been an incredibly formative year with great challenges and also great growth. Both continue. It might help to know how we got started, or you may be looking for information about claiming a deduction on your 2015 taxes, but if neither of these two things apply, let's get right down what we have accomplished (and not) in 2015:   Earthquake Reconstruction Tough Decisions, School Rebuilding: We received $15,000 in donations in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and we allocated this to a school reconstruction project. Helping to rebuild a school aligned…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
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