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Bringing Progress to Paradise: What I Got from Giving to a Mountain Village in Nepal
     

Bringing Progress to Paradise: What I Got from Giving to a Mountain Village in Nepal

by Jeff Rasley
 

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ISBN-10: 1573244821

ISBN-13: 2901573244823

Pub. Date: 09/15/2010

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

In October 2008 Jeff Rasley led a trek to a village in a remote valley in the Solu region of Nepal, where trekkers and mountaineers do not go. In Basa Village he found a people thoroughly unaffected by Western consumer-culture values. They had no running water, electricity, or anything that moves on wheels. Each family had a flower garden and they lived in

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In October 2008 Jeff Rasley led a trek to a village in a remote valley in the Solu region of Nepal, where trekkers and mountaineers do not go. In Basa Village he found a people thoroughly unaffected by Western consumer-culture values. They had no running water, electricity, or anything that moves on wheels. Each family had a flower garden and they lived in beautiful, hand-chiseled stone houses. All they seemed to want, beyond what they had, was education for their children. And electricity. And roads. And thus began Jeff's crash course in philanthropy.

Bringing Progress to Paradise chronicles Jeff's adventures through remote Nepal: the thrill of reaching mountain peaks and of getting a good night's sleep in a warm hut; the inevitable mishaps that are part and parcel of the climbing life; and a few tragedies, as well. But what you will find here is much more than an engrossing travelogue. Throughout, Rasley reflects deeply on the tangled relationship between tourist and locals in remote locations. In short, the locals seem to want what we have, and we want who they are. How do we promote change and exchange while doing least harm?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901573244823
Publisher:
Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date:
09/15/2010
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

Prologue xiii

1 PTSD 1

2 Jubilee 5

3 Rape of the Mother Goddess 15

4 Walking to School 27

5 Shattered Peace, Poverty, and Politics 35

6 Organizing for Basa 45

7 Goin' to Katmandu 55

8 On the Road to Jiri 67

9 Trekking without Porters 75

10 First Day on the Trail: Death March to Deorali 85

11 Meltdown in Deorali 97

12 Second Day on the Trail: Lost One 105

13 Third Day on the Trail: Morning in the Shadow of Lamjura Danda 119

14 Over the La: Karen Is Narayani 131

15 Fourth Day on the Trail: Lost Two More 137

16 Down to Three 147

17 Basa 155

18 A Day in Basa 167

19 A Night in Basa 173

20 Leaving Basa 183

21 Basa Magnetism 189

22 Night in Phaplu 205

23 Out of the Mountains 211

24 Back in Katmandu 219

Epilogue 229

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