From Our Director | 11 November 2010
Judging by the parade of pumpkins and ghostly decorations across America’s front yards, it seems that the holiday season is fast approaching. But before we start the mad scramble to prepare our wallets and our waists for the upcoming celebrations, let us remember those who need our generosity most.
By the end of this year, close to 600,000 women will die during childbirth in Nepal. Almost half of Nepal’s children under five years of age will be permanently scarred by malnutrition and thousands of HIV/AIDS affected children will go entirely without primary school education.
This year, the Mountain Fund implemented and sustained community-based initiatives that dramatically improved healthcare and education in Nepal’s mountain communities. 44,000 people now have access to affordable healthcare in the Rasuwa district of Nepal. And recently, the UN discovered that Nepal’s maternal mortality rate decreased from 415 to 259 deaths per 100,000 live births because of a national effort to improve women’s health.
Your gift of The Face of Nepal will directly benefit Mountain Fund clinics, orphanages and schools in urban and rural Nepali communities. As a year of overwhelming hardship comes to a close, make this holiday season one that ensures a brighter future for every human being regardless of economy and geography.
Executive Director Scott MacLennan is awarded the
Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal.