What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
The Female Trekking Guide Training Program is financially secured through our social business, 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking.
For rock climbing training, we have equipment, a rented facility, and trainers to run the program a few times a year. Our trainees would greatly benefit if we had a team of trainers who could provide training on a regular basis. EWN is providing advance technical training to our trainees in hopes that they would become our future potential climbing guides.
Currently, we are charging a small fee to clients for rock climbing, which supports the rent and maintenance of the outdoor wall. We plan to better advertize, promote, and build on our rock climbing program so that we can attract more clients and sustain our rock climbing training program.
Due to unemployment many Nepalese women are leaving the country. Since 2007, we have been working with the Magic Mountain Foundation, Poland, for our ice climbing training courses in Nepal and abroad, creating new employment opportunities for disadvantage women to pursue their careers in adventure tourism to improve their lives.
This year, 2011, we are working with the 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking (P) Ltd, Government of Nepal, Nepal Mountaineering Association, international foundations, individual donors, and private organizations, to support our ice climbing program.
Ice climbing training is a very expensive program to run and we therefore aim to increase our program partners and look for more sources of both in-kind support and financial support.
EWN’s curriculum has been prepared by our own field experience and knowledge. Our curriculum does not include all specific subject matter formulated by an expert. Therefore, it becomes a challenge for us to convince people regarding our curriculum validity. At present, EWN staff and volunteers are modifying the curriculum.
Tell us about your partnerships
We work regularly with many local organizations and individual experts in related fields, who provide classes during our Female Trekking Guide training programs.
3 Sisters Adventure Trekking is our main partner organization for the paid apprenticeship program and for employment for interested trainees after the EWN in class training course. 3 Sisters business contribute 15% of their profit every year to conduct our bi-annual female trekking guide training program and also supports part of the children home project.
Harry Brands (The Netherlands) and Tendi Sherpa (Kathmandu) are the two EWN Rock Climbing Instructors who provide r rock climbing training courses a few times every year. Additionally, we receive great help from our volunteers for technical assistant for our rock climbing training.
We also work in partnership with the Nepal Mountaineering Association for technical assistance from time to time, especially during our rock climbing competitions.
Since 2007 we have been working with the Magic Mountain Foundation, Poland, for ice climbing training courses.
Since 2011, in support of our ice climbing program, we are working with the Government of Nepal, Nepal Mountaineering Association (Pokhara Chapter), several international foundations, such as the Women Win from the Netherlands, 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking (P) Ltd, individual donors, private organizations, and local and national media.
Finally, we are working in close collaboration with Nodan, a local organization that is involved in providing several training courses using various sports for children, youth, and adults.
Explain your selections
EWN’s primary project, Female Trekking Guide Training, is fully supported by the sister organisation, 3 Sisters Trekking Adventure. This is a wonderful self-sustaining business model as the training provides employees for the commercial business, supporting it through internships, and then the profit is put back into further training for the next round of participants.
EWN also has a good working relationship with partner organizations in the field that help us with trainees’ selection. Furthermore, they provide us with logistic and training delivery support during our field training program.
Our Children’s Home and the West Nepal Community Development projects are supported by various other means – grants from foundations and individual donors. Our clients also support our project by trekking with our company and recommending our services to their friends and families.
Individual donors, international foundations, Government of Nepal, and other national public and private organizations are providing us in-kind, equipment, and financial support for the ice climbing training.
EWN friends and family also support us to spread the word about our organizations, recommend for treks in Nepal, and provide us their time at the EWN office. Moreover, they help us connect with different organizations etc.
How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?
We plan to develop long-term partnerships with more organizations for technical and financial support. We will now also train specialized female guides for flora and fauna, high altitude climbing, rock climbing, culture and religion, and foreign language experts. We will continue to provide ongoing training courses to our advanced trainees and staff, to equip them with all needed knowledge and skills to better their performance at work.
Our team is receiving international scholarship on different programs which will enhance our skills and knowledge.
Since we are funded by our own business, we also plan changes in our business strategy. Our clients are mostly repeaters and/or recommended by word of mouth and we will continue to do our best to stay connected with our loyal clients and well-wishers. We will also look for partnerships to work with foreign tour operators, and we are planning a budget for marketing and promotion of our company.
We are working on modifying our basic female trekking guide curriculum and also developing an advance curriculum for our advance training. We are also purchasing rock climbing and ice climbing equipment, to meet the need of our training program and to offer peak climbing packages to adventurous clients. Recently, our ice climbing project Nepalese Women Annapurna Expedition-2011 received great success. With greater partnership and funding, we plan to continue on with this project in the coming years. EWN has conducted research on Nepalese Women’s participation in Tourism in Nepal and would continue to do so.