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Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Naomi trekking Day 1 Brief

We reached safely and have been travelling all the time. We reached Pokhara from Kathmandu this afternoon, got our trekking permits and looked around Pokhara all afternoon.
Pretty tired now but thought I will send a quick email before we start trekking tomorrow. We will be away for 7 nights, 8 days trekking. we have got a porter for helping with carrying my pack and a guide. The weather is good, sunny and warm during the day but gets pretty chilly in the evenings.
Got a glimpse of 'fish tail' mountain (6990 mtrs) from ;where we were this afternoon. looked beautiful... but a lot of haze around.

The guide has a nokia so I will be able to charge the phone and try and text you.

The food is very similar to Indian food. the villages we passed also reminded me of the villages in India. More similarities than I thought! Kahtmandu is about 1600metres, Pokhara is 900metres. I think we start our climb upto about 3000 mts on our trip. My left knee is paining (probably already worried about the amount of walking!)

There are a lot of shops selling all that one might need for the various activities here... china not too far so - 'the North face,Gore tex' and other brands are well represented -flleeces, packs, sleeping bags etc etc... at much cheaper prices ofcourse!
Because of 'power loadsheding' there isnt electricity at all times. so this morning no shower... we had tobe out by 6.30 am. Veg food no problem.

Friday, 15 February 2008

Naomi aims high into the Himalayas

Naomi Watson leaves for India and the Himalayas, where she will be trekking for ten days in support of the Salapur project and others. She writes:


As some of you know I am going to Nepal trekking in the Himalayas. I will be away for 3 weeks – 2 weeks trekking. I am raising funds for the charity - HELP (Health, Education and Literacy Programme) International. Our target is to raise #10k to build an orphanage. I am looking for sponsors and would be delighted if you would like to sponsor me. Have a look at our website You can contribute a small amount, large amount, or make monthly contributions..... every little helps to make a difference in the lives of children. Over the last 5 years since we started this project in India we have seen lives change. It has brought hope and a vision of change in the slums of Solapur (India). We support 70 children with their Health, Education and one meal a day programme. We also work with young women with basic literacy and skills training. We would love to expand and take in more children but we are limited by space and the fear of having to move at a months notice. Hence our desire to build a basic building which will serve as a school in the day time and a home for the children in the evenings.

If you would like to help with the skills and expertise that you have, then give us a call or email us. We would love to hear from you and share our vision for projects in India, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Or if you would like to take an adventure like trekking in the Himalayas …. Well that can be arranged as well. Let us know and we can put your name down for the next trip later in the year. We will keep you informed.

If you are a business (big or small- in the UK or overseas) and would like to support us you can advertise your company for free on our website as supporters of the charity.

If you have seen a need and have a passion to help make a difference then work with us and see if we can together make a difference.

Thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you.

If you wish to make a donation, please do so via Paypal on our website under Donations. Thank you for your support.

Billy Babu Steps into H.E.L.P. International

Billy Babu, the Midlands well known radio presenter and entertainer put H.E.L.P. International on air to appeal for help with fund raisising for the Salapur project in India. We are grateful for his help.

If you would like to send Billy a message, go to our website and click on LEAVE MESSAGE on this website, and Title your message "Message for Billy" and leave a message. He promises to respond to as many messages as he can on radio.

You can listen to Billy on Radio XL 1296 mw on Saturday 8 am till 10 am.

Do not miss him.