He made it – congratulations Nims!

ChoraChori Ambassador Nirmal “Nims” Purja MBE today entered the mountaineering history books after completing his “Project Possible”.

This morning we awoke to the wonderful news that Nims had successfully summited Shishapangma, the 14th and final peak in his Project Possible challenge. He has absolutely smashed the previous record for climbing all of these peaks. Nims took six months and six days where the previous record-holder required just under eight years. For the full background, read this excellent report in today’s Guardian newspaper.

We look forward to congratulating Nims in person when he joins us for our Big Curry lunch on the 7th December. This will be live-streamed to our supporters and if you set up a parallel lunch at home or at your local Nepalese restaurant, we may allow you to ask him a question directly….

Shabash Nims!

Project launch at the Soroptimist International annual conference in Bournemouth

This weekend’s Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Federation annual conference was the setting for the launch of our three-year collaborative project, “Empowering Girls in Nepal”.

Time flies. It is hard to believe that it’s a year since ChoraChori was chosen as the SIGBI charity for the 2019-2022 collaboration “Empowering Girls in Nepal” – see this link. The past few months have been particularly busy as I have worked in collaboration with Soroptimist Project Liaison Officers Helen Murdoch and Rayner Rees (from the Bridgend Club) to get our ducks in a row ready for last Saturday’s launch.

Before we came on stage we heard a final presentation from the previous charity, and how together with SIGBI they had raised a staggering £161k in three years for their project in Kenya. The bar has been set very high for our project but we’ll try to surpass that. Our need is great as we try to move our work onto another level, moving up a gear from providing training into creating employment for our girl beneficiaries. Working with our project partners Unity in Health, Gandys Foundation and Her Future Coalition I am confident that we can accomplish that. A core contribution from SIGBI will be the funding of the training of at least 45 girls per year and a new girls’ hostel in Kathmandu.

Our presentation that launched the project went like a dream, thanks to a joint effort with Helen, Rayner and Rojika Maharjan who joined us from ChoraChori-Nepal for this memorable occasion. Our progress can be followed on this dedicated microsite and blog.

A little bit of magic comes to our children’s centre in Kathmandu

Leading international magician Drummond Money-Coutts has brought magic to ChoraChori’s kids in Kathmandu.

In Nepal, school ends for the week at Friday lunchtime. Normally, at our Children’s Refuge and Rehabilitation Centre (CRRC) in Kathmandu, Friday afternoons are fairly relaxed, maybe with a bit of sport thrown in to burn up some surplus energy. But last Friday our kids were in for a real unexpected treat – a definite break from the norm – when international magician Drummond Money-Coutts called by to lay on a short performance.

Drummond Money-Coutts (DMC) has been making a name for himself with performances all around the world, including to the British royal family. His Netflix series “Death by Magic” is absolutely captivating. There were no death-defying feats on Friday and a quick head-count at the end revealed that none of the children had mysteriously vanished. But this visit from the distinctive 6 foot 4 man with “Love, courage and belief” tattooed in Hindi on his scalp was one that the audience will never forget!

Mental health art workshop at ChoraChori in Nepal

This month ChoraChori has hosted Colombian artist Dairo Vargas who has led a mental health art workshop at our facility in Nepal.

It’s been an exciting and colour-filled month at the ChoraChori Children’s Refuge and Rehabilitation Centre (CRRC) in Kathmandu. For we have been delighted to host leading London-based Colombian artist, Dairo Vargas, who has held mental health art workshops at CRRC and at the nearby Kitini College. The visit has been supported by our partner charity Gandys Foundation, with Dairo being accompanied by the Foundation’s Trustee Preet Legha. Dairo has extensive experience in the use of art in managing mental health and in conducting workshops. These have included interacting with former FARC guerillas in his native Colombia. See how he operates his initiative #TheArtListens through this link.

Needless to say, this support has been invaluable in helping our management of children who have experienced extremes of abuse, including child rape, but also in raising awareness of mental health issues within the general population. This has included through coverage in The Nepali Times.

We’ll tell you more about these exciting workshops during our Big Give Christmas Appeal week from 3-10 December. Watch this space!

 

Join us for The Big Curry!

ChoraChori invites you to join us for The Big Curry fundraiser in December!

On December 7th 2019 we will be holding a very special international “Big Curry” event as part of our Christmas Big Give Appeal. Through the Appeal, we invite supporters to sit down for the perfect curry, wherever they are in the world, and afterwards donate a minimum of £5 online through the Big Give microsite. This will then double in value under the rules of The Big Give. Any major currency will be accepted on the site.

There will be a central lunch at The Gurkha Durbar restaurant in Grayshott, Hampshire, UK at 12.30 on the 7th. Friends around the world will be invited to join us – breakfast in America and dinner in Kathmandu and the Far East. Essentially we are inviting our supporters around the world to either get together with friends at a nearby Nepalese restaurant or, better still, cook the perfect curry for friends and family. Click on the adjacent image to see TV presenter and theatre actor Mark Curry (who else with a name like that?) show you how to cook the perfect curry with the guidance of Sudha Rai, the owner of The Gurkha Durbar.

At 1.30 p.m. on the day supporters can join us through the Appeal microsite for a live stream from The Gurkha Durbar where ChoraChori Founder, Philip Holmes, will tell you why we need these funds. And, surprise, surprise, he will introduce you to world record-breaking Himalayan mountaineer and former Gurkha/Special Forces soldier Nirmal (“Nims”) Purja MBE. At the time of writing Nims is at Base Camp of Shishapangma, the 14th and final peak of his incredible challenge, “Project Possible“. No doubt he’ll have some great experiences to share on the day!

Two of our Trustees, Phil Hunter and Rory Buckworth will be on a visit to Nepal on that date and they will host the evening function there. Hopefully, we can live stream that as well, although such connections are less predictable from Nepal….

 

 

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