Delek Children's Foundation

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Delek Children’s Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to providing children in need with an education and healthcare throughout the Himalayan region of India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, irrespective of their ethnicity and national boundaries.

Our mission is to educate the Himalayan children giving them the opportunity to go to High School and College, and raise their own children with education and eventually help their own communities. Educating these children, giving them the proper nutrition and tools to develop into productive adults, have a better future and continue the cycle for future generations while saving the traditions and culture of the Himalayan people.


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Dear Friends,

Warm greetings to you as we enter the auspicious and joyous Lunar New Year! May the Year of the Dragon bring you and your loved one's good health, happiness, and prosperity.

At Delek Children’s Foundation, we are deeply committed to making a positive impact on the lives of those in need, and we are reaching out to you with gratitude for your past support and a humble request for your continued generosity.

As we celebrate the Lunar New Year, we reflect on the values of compassion and community, and it is with these principles in mind that we are excited to share details about our upcoming project. This year, we are organizing a Vision Care Camp in a remote region of Tsum in Nepal, where access to health care is limited or nonexistent.

We are gearing up for a transformative journey in April with the organization of a Vision Camp in Tsum Valley, Nepal. This remote area, nestled amidst the Himalayas, faces unique challenges in accessing basic eye care services. People of Tsum Valley are already excited and looking forward to meeting us, our medical team members, and friends with glasses and shoes for their children. Our goal is to make a lasting impact by providing comprehensive eye care, including vision screenings, eye examinations, cataract surgeries and the distribution of eyeglasses. Our local partner, Dr. Bidya Pant Prasad and his team will be offering their valuable time for the vision care program in Tsum Valley in April 2024. Ven. Donyo, a monk from Tsum and local official guide, will accompany the eye camp group.

Why Your Support Matters:

The residents of Tsum Valley, with its awe-inspiring beauty, often face visual impairments due to the lack of accessible eye care. The Vision Camp aims to address this critical need and empower individuals to lead more fulfilling lives by restoring their vision. Moreover, the villagers cannot afford to go to Kathmandu for treatment. So, I was personally asked to help the people of Tsum Valley for an eye camp program in 2024.

We are reaching out to our cherished donors and supporters to seek both financial contributions and members who can join us on this meaningful journey to Tsum Valley in Nepal. Your support can make a significant difference, and we invite you to be part of this life-changing initiative.

Ways You Can Contribute:

Financial Support: Your generous donations will go towards covering the costs of medical supplies, vision testing equipment, eyeglasses, shoes for children and other essential resources needed for the Vision Camp. Interested members are requested to send us an email for registration. Since this is a charity trip, if you decide to join us, the trip cost will also contribute towards Vision Care Camp and shoes for the Himalayan children.

How to Contribute:

Donations: Those who are not able to join Donyo to the Himalayas for the eye camp program are welcome to donate any amount towards purchasing eyeglasses and shoes for the children. Please visit our GoFundMe for donation. More information please call Donyo at 510-6746000 or send us email at office@delekcf.org

Registration:

Registration dateline is February 25th, 2024. Those who are interested to join Donyo in the Himalaya must be physically fit and in good health to be able to walk 7-8 hours daily. The Tsum Valley is situated at an altitude of 2,000 to 3,000 m or (6,600-11,500 ft.) Tsum Valley.

Flight Reservation: We strongly encourage participants to make their flight reservations through Third Eye Travel. You can contact Sonam at: 510-487-9010 ext. 101 or email her sonam@thirdeyetravel.com.

Please note: Our itinerary has changed. Now we are returning home one day after the original itinerary. We have added extra day for the eye camp in case we needed more time in Tsum.

FOLLOWING IS THE ITINERARY:

Leaving SFO on April 12, and return back home on April 29, 2024

April 13: on flight.

April 14: Day 1- Arrive in Kathmandu transfer to Hotel Dusit Princess*****

April 15: Day 2 - Resting and preparation. Overnight Hotel Dusit Princess*****.

April 16: Day 3 - Road trip from Kathmandu to Dobhan Valley 9-10 hour on Jeep.

April 17-18: Day 4 - 5 Dobhan to Lokpa hike for two days 6 -7 hours. Overnight in the guest house.

April 19-23: Day 6 - 10 Eye Camp in Tsum Valley (Chumling) and visiting monasteries and schools. overnight in guest house in Tsum Valley or (Chumling)

April 24-25: Day 11-12 Tsum Valley (Chumling) to Dobhan and Lokpa village hike two days 6 -7 hours.

April 26: Day 1 3- Road trip from Lokpa village to Kathmandu 9-10 hours on jeep.
Overnight Hotel Dusit Princess*****

April 27 -28: Day 14 -15 Sightseeing around Kathmandu visiting Boudhanath, Soyambunath known as monkey temple and Golden temple and shopping. If time permits, we'll visit local monasteries, nunneries and some historical sites. Overnight Hotel Dusit Princess *****.

April 29: Day 16 - Return back home.

Cost Details: $2,700.00 per person with twin share room. Single room accommodation for 16 days additional $400.00. If there is no roommate then we'll split the cost of the single room.

Cost Include:
16-days twin share hotel accommodations.
Kathmandu sightseeing
Transportation / porters
All meals
Trekking permit
National Park fee
All tips.

Cost does not include:
Personal medical expenses if needed
Rescue flight if needed
Personal flight cancellation
Extra days in Kathmandu for personal leisure
Personal shopping / Drinks
Any expenses which are not in the itinerary
If one chooses to take a helicopter to Tsum Valley it will cost about $500 each way per person from Kathmandu to Tsum Valley.

Embrace the New Year with a Purpose:

As we step into the new year, let us embrace the spirit of giving and purpose. We will be taking one thousand reading glasses and five hundred or more shoes for the children, and some school supplies. Your support is crucial in making this Vision Camp in Tsum Valley a success, and we are grateful for your consideration. We believe that together, we can create a lasting impact on the lives of individuals in need.  Thank you for being a pillar of support in our mission to bring vision and hope to those who need it the most.

Sincerely Yours,

Thupten Donyo
Delek Children's Foundation

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