What had started as a company working to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) had now turned into a fully blown charity, aptly Snowland Foundation.
The main objectives of The Snowland Foundation is to collect clothing, sunglasses and equipment for porters, their families and the remote mountain communities that we visit along the way. In the long term we would like to provide support and hopefully, with your help, financial assistance to some of the medical facilities and medical research programmes in the areas we operate in.For this reason for each Holiday destination we also run charity challenges to raise funds.
In addition we cannot carry everything with us, and all we are asking is that when you book one of our tours, to please bring a small bag of good quality second hand clothing so that we can distribute it to those who need it most. Alternatively at the end of our tours, please feel free to leave behind anything you don’t want. We will be able to find a good home for all of it.
The village is very poor and education is limited so any help would be appreciated. If you’ve got a skill then let us know. When you come to Pakistan we’d arrange for you to stay with a local family. You would have to pay a small amount for your board and lodgings and any logistics involved in getting you to the village. Snowland will not take any money for arranging the services and the only people to profit from this will be the school. It will be a highly rewarding experience and you will genuinely be off the beaten track working for a good cause seeing first hand the difference you are making. The people of the Himalaya might be poor but they are the most hard working, friendly and happy people on the planet.
Snowland Foundation was originally started to distribute clothing, sunglasses and outdoor trekking equipment to our porters, their families and communities while trekking, after seeing first hand the conditions that they so often live in. This grassroots initiative has now expanded to include other deprived areas of Pakistan and to not only provide clothing and trekking equipment, but also to assist in the educational development of school children.
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