Lending a Hand

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to not only travel all over the world taking tours, but to have been able to both observe and work on development projects in India, Pakistan and Bhutan.

While I was on the national board of Save the Children NZ I visited SCNZ projects in Pakistan and a community development project in southern India. I was also very privileged to carry out a short-term writing contract for the Aga Khan Development Network in two of Pakistan’s most challenging provinces, Sind and Baluchistan.

Any kind of world travel soon brings home to you how fortunate we are to live in NZ and I believe, that with that, comes a responsibility to help people who are, through no fault of their own, not nearly so blessed with the basics of life that we often take for granted.

So, now that Jill Worrall Tours is now almost up to full speed, my business partner, Lee Johns, and I have formed a two-year link with a Geraldine-based trust that is working in a remote area of Nepal. We will be donating $100 for every person who books on a Jill Worrall Tour to the Forgotten Sherpas of Nepal Trust, a registered charitable trust set up by members of the Geraldine Tramping Club.

The trust has been working in the Middle Hills region of Nepal for seven years and has provided solar lighting and safe drinking water, supported schools and established the area’s first health care service. Our donation is currently being used to help with the installation of clean burning stoves. I know many of the trust members personally and can vouch for their work…every cent we donated is going directly into their project work.

If you’d like to know more about the Trust check out www.forgottensherpas.org

All going well we’ll be adding another community sponsorship for 2018 – a community school in Zambia. Watch this space!