Join ABC Journalist and Newsreader Craig Allen as he joins REACH for Nepal Director Lou Nulley on the Community Rebuild project in October 2020.
"The first time I trekked in Nepal, I knew I was hooked for life. There’s just nothing that can prepare you for that first time you round a ridge, and see the Himalayas laid out before you. Those mountains have inspired generations of adventurers and explorers and have played host to the greatest of human triumphs.
It was the mighty Himalayas that first attracted me to Nepal, but it’s the people that draw me back. Over the last 25 years I’ve travelled to the country 9 times and each trip I gain a deeper understanding of the Nepali people who are among the most welcoming and generous you’ll find.
But they’re also among the most impoverished – and that’s where we can help.
Since coming to know the work of REACH for Nepal, I’ve been deeply impressed by their passion to help the country’s most needy, mixed in with a sense of adventure that only the Himalayas can bring.
Too often we get overwhelmed by all the troubles in the world – and it’s common to feel a sense of helplessness. But REACH for Nepal gives each of us a chance to make a positive difference – and deliver it in person!
I was privileged to see one of REACH for Nepal’s projects first-hand when my family and I visited the Banethok School south of Pokhara in Western Nepal. Believe me when I say that the welcome we received was a highlight of my life! The school community was just so appreciative of the work RFN was doing in their village, with the help of their Australian volunteers. I knew then that I had to come back.
I’m excited to be joining the upcoming RFN community trek in October 2020 to document the work the volunteers are doing in Nepal and get stuck into a community project. If you’ve got a sense of adventure, and a passion to help make this world a better place, why not come along too?"
Journalist and Newsreader, ABC Canberra