Everest Marathon Fund
The Everest Marathon is a charity race and one of the main reasons for organising the race is to raise money for various Nepalese charities.
To this purpose the Everest Marathon Fund was registered as a UK charity (number 1005422) to promote health and education in rural Nepal.
- Nepal is among the poorest countries in the world and the second poorest in South Asia.
- Rugged mountains cover 70% of the land and only 30% is cultivated or used for pasture; the country is virtually roadless.
- Travel throughout the hill regions is only possible on foot and all basic goods have to be carried by men or beasts.
- 80% of the population live in rural areas; many are subsistence farmers who live on small, terraced, family farms of less than 1 hectare.
- Population growth (2.1%) has led to fragmented landholdings and the depletion of forest products on which the rural population depends.
- 25% live below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day. 30% of the rural population earns less than $168 per year.
- 15% of the population are considered to be undernourished and over 40% of children are underweight.
- Many areas lack basic facilities like clean water, elementary education and medical facilities; although it is claimed that 87% have an improved water supply, only 27% have sanitation facilities.
- The literacy rate for men is 75% but only 57% for women.
- Infant mortality is a shocking 4%.
- The 10 year guerrilla war with the Maoist party resulted in severe economic decline which has affected the poorest people most, with many internal refugees. The political situation remains fragile which hinders development work by the government.
- In April and May 2015 many rural areas were devastated by powerful earthquakes (with over 300 after shocks) which created avalanches and landslides. Buildings, terraces, paths, livestock, crops and seed stock have all been destroyed with the loss of homes and livelihoods.
We do not operate projects ourselves but give our money to charities which already have a continuous development programme. These organisations work at grass roots level with the involvement of the local people and spend very little on administration.
CHARITIES CURRENTLY SUPPORTED
Britain-Nepal Medical Trust: medical work in East Nepal, including community health and training with particular emphasis on women’s health, education and empowerment for minority groups.
Nepal School Projects: school construction, vocational training, water systems, trail rehabilitation and community health in the Mahabharat hills.
Namche Bazaar Dental Clinic: the highest dental clinic in the world also runs school fluoridation and education programmes.
Nepal Leprosy Trust: leprosy hospital and clinics in South Nepal, rehabilitation and community training.
International Nepal Fellowship: medical work in West and Far West Nepal including health posts, health education and a major rehabilitation centre in Pokhara.
Community Action Nepal: more than 50 community projects focusing on health, water and sanitation, schools, education and cultural development.
Help Nepal: support for a medical clinic in Mugu, a remote area in Mid West Nepal.
We supported WaterAid's water and sanitation projects for 20 years but are no longer able to do so as our donations can no longer be targeted to Nepal.
We have also made ad hoc donations to:
- the Himalayan Trust Khunde Hospital near Namche Bazaar (medical equipment and supplies)
- Himalayan Rescue Association which runs a trekkers' medical post at Pheriche (medical supplies);
- Nepal Himalayan Guide Association for the construction of latrines in key sites in the Everest region
- Community Action Nepal / International Porter Protection for the construction of a porter health post in Machermo;
- Care UK for the construction of bridges in the Gorkha region;
- Nepal Leprosy Fellowship for a leprosy survey in Jhapa.
- Namche Youth Committee for furnishings for the youth community centre.
- Shiva Nepal for Deepshika School
- Esther Benjamin Trust: £3,000 for rescuing Nepalese children from Indian circuses.
Over fifteen races we have raised £605,000. The only administrative cost is the annual inspection of accounts for the Charity Commission.
Money for the Fund is raised by individual runners. For those who wish to raise money for other charities, we ask that at least 50% of the money raised be given to the Everest Marathon Fund. A sponsorship pack and further information is supplied to all participants. Donations can be made online via www.virginmoneygiving.com.
If you are seeking commercial sponsorship to help pay for your trip cost and equipment, this must be done separately from your charity sponsorship. If people give you money in the belief that it is going to a charity, you cannot use that money to help pay for your holiday.
The Everest Marathon is organised as a non-profit-making tour by Bufo Ventures Ltd which donates all 'profit' to the Everest Marathon Fund.
The generosity of people reflects not only their admiration for those who take part in one of the toughest races in the world, but also their concern for people in one of the world’s poorest countries. It is extremely gratifying that we can give some small assistance in return for the privilege of holding our races in one of the world's most beautiful countries.
EVEREST MARATHON FUND
Registered charity 1005422
3 Elim Grove
Windermere LA23 2JN
Tel (UK): 01539 445 445
Tel (Outside UK): ++ 44 1539 445 445