A team of mountain bikers is to cycle across Nepal to rebuild schools and reach out to victims of earthquakes that struck the nation two years ago.
In partnership with YYY Foundation (registered charity 1164116), e2eChallenge17 will see mountain bikers and support crew travel across Nepal from the epicentre of the first earthquake at Singati, to the epicentre of the second at Barpak. After leaving Singati on Novemeber 1st 2017, the expedition strikes westwards along dirt tracks and ancient byways through the stunning foothills of the Himalaya.
While jaw-droppingly scenic, the route will take the team through five regions worst affected by the earthquakes. With unprecedented access to remote communities, riders will bear witness to the resilience of the Nepali who are suffering extreme poverty and malnutrition amid the destruction of their homelands. The challenge promises to be highly demanding, both emotionally and physically.
Challengers will fundraise to drive the rebuilding of Nepalese schools destroyed by the earthquakes of 2015, reconstruction that is crucial to the country’s recovery. Up to five schools will be built through e2e Challenge, each of which are found along the route between epicentres.
YYY Foundation is developing a school partner initiative that will empower and encourage UK schools to raise money through various micro-fundraising channels. Money raised by a UK school will go directly to the rebuilding of their Nepalese counterpart. In addition to generating financial resources, e2eChallenge17 will shed fresh light on a humanitarian disaster that has largely been forgotten by the world’s media; according to Unicef, 1.5 million of those suffering in Nepal are children, while the United Nations says that a quarter of the country’s population – around 8 million people – have been affected by the quakes.
Taking place in October 2017, e2eChallenge17 falls between the stifling summer and the perishing cold of the Himalayan region’s winter. Temperatures at this time of year will be mid-range, around 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Around a month after the monsoon, roads will have had time to dry without being sun-baked and dusty. The autumn is also time of great cultural significance. In this, the harvest period, the Nepali celebrate Tihar, the Festival of Lights.
Being on the front line of a global crisis, participants will be responsible for playing an active role in helping communities in Nepal. Little support is reaching region; much of the limited infrastructure was destroyed in the quakes. The project will generate funds to build new schools, helping to bring hope to Nepali men, women and children. e2e Challenge will give a unique opportunity to reach people whose lives have been destroyed, and to show the Nepali that they have not been forgotten.