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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best all round tea-house hike in Nepal on the Great Himalaya Trail; the new Annapurna Circuit. No camping needed.

Hope Alliance, working in Lhi/Lihi

We’re trying to give a forum to charities and organisations doing good work in the areas on and around the Manaslu Trek. Hope Alliance is one such NGO driven by Phil and Jodi Tweed and their team.

Their work centers around the school in the pretty village of Lihi. It seems a fantastic project witha lot of support from the villagers and other organisations. Most critically, the project works at training teachers from the village itself to a professional level.

School children of Lihi

Phil says:

My wife Jodi and I also do a huge amount of support and humanitarian work in Lhi, the village just prior to Hinang Gompa. Jodi is actually there at the moment [Sept 2012] delivering hygiene packs for all the women in the village, along with a school teacher from Australia who is working with the school. We run the school in the village, support the two teachers there, we are building 5 new classrooms there, and have approval for a 150 bed hostel so that children from surrounding villages in the Manaslu area can get a primary education without having to leave the Nubri Valley.

We run a child sponsorship program for all the children in the village who are enrolled in the school a lunch program for the children, and are also working with the Nepalese government in an effort to introduce high altitude crops such as Quinoa which will reduce the dependency on rice. We have another project called Dollars for Donkeys through which we are hoping to raise enough money for a donkey train for the village that will help bring in supplies (such as rice, which will mean the villagers won’t have to send their children to Arughat to purchase rice – which they do from the age of about 5) and be a business that could bring extra income. We also run Treks With Purpose – taking in teams to achieve specific project goals for the school and community there, which is why Jodi is there now. She is also going through to another school at Sama on this trip to deliver supplies.

Read all about this organisation and find out how you can support it here:

2 Responses

  1. Paula Izumi said on September 13, 2014 at 12:45 am

    My daughter and son-in-law, Taemi and Josh Miller, have just started a fundraiser for the LHI community. I myself am a recently retired American ESL teacher. Would Hope Alliance be interested in my teaching services for several months in Lhi?

    • admin@manaslu said on September 13, 2014 at 3:49 am

      Hi Paula, Please send them an email directly if you can. Thanks and good luck!


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