Successfully completed Monsoon English Language Course and Chovar Park tree
planting July 12- August 10, 2012;
for more info see our full report
New KEEP Partner
In March 2012 Keep has recently formed a new partnership with Nepal Trekking (UK). For more information see
Porter’s Awareness Workshop 2012.
As part of KEEP’s Porter’s Welfare Programme from May 3-4, 2012 a second porter’s awareness workshop was successfully completed. For the first time rather than having porters from the Langtang Region and Tamang Trail come to Kathmandu, KEEP brought the workshop to them in Syabrubesi, Rasuwa District. The workshop was made possible by the support of the Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism (SST) and Intrepid Foundation (Australia). The theme for the 2 day workshop was; “Our Porter, Our Responsibility!” and its objectives were primarily to impart necessary knowledge on porters so improving their professionalism, livelihoods and promoting sustainable tourism. 75 porters from the region attended and the programme was headed by a number of experts in the field.
Drinking Water Program in Rural School of Sindupalchowk District
KEEP is conducting a drinking water program in rural school of the Baruwa village in the Sindupalchowk district, with a financial support from the BridgIT Water Foundation, Australia. Currently, the students are facing the problem of drinking water, lack water storage tank and even in a toilet. As a consequence, students, especially girls, are discouraged in attending school. So, this project will have a complete solving of their water problems.
1000 Boots Project
Globotrek- a leading Swiss Tour Operator for Trekking tours worldwide, has joined hands with KEEP to showcase an appreciation of hard work of Nepali porters and other tourism professionals. This project will collect at least 1000 pairs of shoes which can be borrowed by tourism professionals at the Porters’ Clothing Bank of KEEP in Nepal for trekking purpose only. As KEEP being the local partner of this project, KEEP will guarantee the sustainable use of shoes and will keep up the high quality service. In Oct 27 2013, there will be an official opening ceremony of this project which will take place in Kathmandu.
Antipodeans GapBreak Program 2013
As a part of volunteer program, KEEP has been coordinating Australian Gapbreak volunteers in partnership with Antipodeans Abroad, Australia. KEEP, Nepal and Antipodeans Abroad, Australia has been running a gap break program. This time, the program is scheduled from April 24 to July 14, 2013. After successful completion of 3 days orientation program in Kathmandu, five Antipodeans Gap break volunteers have started teaching at Shree Chundevi Primary School and Shree Bag Bhairav Secondary School, Kirtpur. Experiencing local custom and culture while living with the host family as well as cultural and teaching exchange are major highlights of this program. On the other hand kids will get the opportunity to see the world beyond their eyes and meanwhile volunteers will get the chance to learn by discovering.
Bhaktapur Community Development, March 2012
This one day project at Vidyarthi Niketan Higher Secondary School in Bhaktapur took place on March 11, the materials for which were provided by Raw Travel. The day included painting the school classrooms and cultural and expertise exchange in the form of dental education.
Porters’ Clothing Bank gearing up for peak season
The PCB is preparing for the upcoming trekking high-season from March to May. PCB Manager Mr. Ngima Pakhrin has completed a full inventory of all stock and, for a nominal cleaning charge, is ready to loan basic yet vital clothing and equipment to porters employed by independent trekkers or small trekking agencies. Find out more about the PCB and how you can support it.
Community Development Program (CDP)
KEEP conducted a CDP in partnership with Raw Travel, Australia, April 3-6, 2011, to support the deprived rural school, “Shree Nanda devi primary School‟, Ugrachandi, Nala - 8, Kavre district, Nepal. KEEP Nepal strongly supports the UN Millennium Goals (MDGs), also encouraging girls’ education, home-stay, local drinking water, toilet construction, school ground levelling, culture exchange, exchange of teaching methods and painting schools.
Tourism Capacity Development Programs: Under KEEP’s regular Tourism Capacity Development Program, we have recently completed Winter and Monsoon English Language Course, Three days and Five Days Wilderness First Aid Course. Many Tourism professionals benefited from these.
KEEP also conducted special English Language Training upon the special request of Community Action Trek, Nepal. KEEP also conducted the 6 days Wilderness First Aid Course for the World Expedition Trek leaders from Nepal, Bhutan & India. Also we have conducted 3 day First Aid course to the Exodus UK trek leaders and Exodus Nepal Trek Leaders.
Currently Monsoon English Language Course is being conducted at KEEP and French language Course is happening in coming days.
Workshop on Carbon Management: Climate change and Tourism Industry of Nepal: A path to Green Economy
On Jan 13, 2011, a workshop was conducted with a support from the WWF Nepal, as the climate is an essential resource for tourism, and especially for nature and winter sport tourism sectors. Changing climate and weather patterns at tourist destinations and tourism generating countries can significantly affect the tourists’ comfort and their travel decisions. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has highlighted its efforts to promote a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy in the 21st century. According to UNEP, its strategy has focused on three priority areas: ecosystems-based adaptation; reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD); and clean technology readiness. In this workshop, three papers were presented as follows.
- Carbon Management: A path to Green Economy, Kushal Gurung, ENDS CARBON, UK
- Nepal’s climate changes challenges and tourism sector, Ngamindra Dahal, NTNC, Nepal
- WWF Nepal Gold Standard Biogas VER PROJECT: Lessons learned from the Field, Ugan Manandhar, WWF Nepal
Monsoon English Language Course 2011
From, July 10- August 7, 2011 KEEP successfully conducted the Basic, Pre-intermediate and Intermediate Monsoon English Language Course. Camille Gautier and Pemba Dorje Lopchan, Ms. Kay Sherpa and Mr. Nhuja Shrestha, and Louise Nevitt were the course instructors. In this course, verbally and written proficiency skills were introduced with a tourism perspective. Most of the participants were professional trekking and rafting guides. The course was completed successfully and was fruitful due to the dedication of the instructors and the enthusiasm of the participants. The course focused on improving the English speaking, conversational abilities as well as sensitizing the participants to issues related to sustainable tourism development. The session was well arranged and executed by the course instructor.
Tree plantation and Park Management
In collaboration with Jala Binayak Community FUGs, KEEP successfully organized a Park Management Campaign at Manjushree park, Chobar, Kathmandu. A certain part of this park was fully transformed into a garden with the seedlings provided by the JBFUGs, and necessary tools provided by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC). This Environmental Awareness Program was carried out with the active participation of English language course students, foreign instructors, volunteers and KEEP staff.
French Language course 2011
KEEP has successfully conducted the three- week Basic Level French Language Course from (August 10- August 31), 2011, under KEEP’s Capacity Building program. Learning a second language is extremely useful in the tourism sector. The course was especially for the beginners “basic level” which also entailed learning Basic Level French Language, Responsible Trekking, Environmental Conservation & preservation and Tourism in Nepal. The closing and certificate distribution ceremony was successfully completed on the auspicious occasion of “TEEJ”. During the ceremony, our honourable guests congratulated and wished the participants good luck for the future.
Our honorable guests were:
1. Dr. Ajit Kr Gurung, Chairman, KEEP
2. DB Gurung director, KEEP
3. Pierre Etienne Gaudin, Course Instructor
Participants also expressed their wonderful experience regarding their respective course. In the long term KEEP aims to organize even better programs.
Korean visitors at KEEP
On August 30, 2011 Tuesday, the KEEP Director gave a presentation on "Responsible Tourism in the Himalayas" to a group of 20 people from Korea. It was an interactive program.