Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) is a registered non-profit, non-governmental organisation. Our mission is to ensure the future ecological and cultural prosperity of Nepal and its people by maximising the benefits and reducing the negative impacts associated with tourism.

 

Our objectives are to:   

 

 

TRAVELERS’ INFORMATION CENTRE

KEEP Information centre has been upgraded with free WiFi zone, free online embassy registration and free internet access to provide better service to our visitors. A laptop computer is also avaliable for use. The centre is also providing its regular services, like free up to date trekking information, presentation on responsible trekking/tourism and video show on Porter issues. Visitors may also enjoy delicious Nepali meals; veg. Momo, Nepali masala teas and local organic coffee at K.E.E.P. Green Cafe while receiving information from the staff.
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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project

With the assistance and precious support of the BridgIT Water Foundation, Australia, a new WASH project has been launched and will be monitored by KEEP in the Lagarche-2, Sindupalchowk district. The project will benefit 101 houses clamped together in the rural surroundings and 190 students from the local primary school, as part of the sustainable drinking water plan.

School Staircase Construction completed

The construction of the Y-shaped staircase in the “Shree Bindabasini Secondary School, Kavre, Nepal has been successfully completed. The project, closely monitored by KEEP was made possible with the kind assistance and precious support of Karen Hodgman, Tom Hodgman, Amy Ludwig Shuman, Clara M. Celeney and Joanne Stromberg; from Crooked Trails, USA Dec. 2014 team.
The staircase construction is part of a wider project that, since its beginning has been benefitting the about 350 students of Shree Bindabasini Secondary School, by increasing, as a direct consequence, the quality of the education provided.


KEEP, TAAN & NMA meeting for Sustainable Porters’ Development

KEEP organized a breakfast meeting with TAAN (Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal) and NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) on November 7, 2014 to discuss on the more sustainable development of tourism porters through the establishment of Porters' Clothing Banks and continued education through Porter’s Awareness workshops in various regions of Nepal in our common mission to avoid work duplication, and more effectiveness.

Community Development Program with Crooked Trail

Crooked trails had a short visit to Jogitar village of Kavre district, Nepal from November 25 through November 27, 2014 to witness the progress of the Bindabasini school construction project and had a memorable inter-cultural interchange between school children, and community people. For 2015, there was a plan for further development of the school infrastructure to facilitate quality education. This government school also reported that the success rate of graduation is 94% in the school leaving certificate test, which is very promising to us in meeting our goals.

Wilderness First Aid Course

The Wilderness First Aid course presented bi-annually at KEEP has been greatly important to tourism professionals to address possible injuries while trekking in the unpredictable mountainous terrain. KEEP conducted an advance Five Day Wilderness First Aid Course Sept 9—13, 2014 for different trekking companies and individuals. There were 35 participants in the course, instructed by Dr. Ajit Kumar Gurung and his team

Child Education Sponsorship INITIATIVE

Members from Crooked Trails U.S.A have been providing financial support for two children of Jogitar Village, Kavre District, Nepal with the result that both of them have successfully graduated by passing the government exams and have progressed to higher education. A member of Crooked Trails is again providing for two other children of the village who are of poor economic background.

18th KEEP Annual General Meeting

KEEP’s 18TH Annual General Meeting was held on the September 16, 2014 at the Hotel Marsangdi, Thamel. The AGM was chaired by Mr. Sagar Pandey, Chairman of KEEP while Chief Guest of honor was Mr. Ang Tsering Sherpa, President (NMA). Representatives from TAAN, HAN, HRA, VITOF, NATTA and TTDC also attended as guests of honor and KEEP advisors. Mr. Ang Tsering Sherpa commented on the success of KEEP in its role and was encouraged to join in the major strategic planning of tourism in Nepal. KEEP advisors and representatives of different associations also stressed the importance of environmental education in the tourism sector.

Porters' Clothing Bank

The year 2014 was a successful year for KEEP PCB.  According to the PCB database, we have able to lend its items to about 900 porters (spring and autumn seasons). Trekking companies have benefitted greatly and appreciate K.E.E.P.’s services. 350 sets of clothing were disposed of due to damage from extensive use. 600 pairs are in demand every year. Due to limited stock, many porters  could not obtain the needed equipment. Consequently our Porters would greatly appreciate your support to continue this humanitarian effort.