Friday, July 24, 2009

How much is enough? Through my own experience as a guide in Nepal and through research I've come to realize how wrong things can seem(to me). Lets take for example a rafting trip in Nepal.

Outdoor Adventure charges their client $120 per day, pays Lion Jungle Safari in Nepal $60 per day for the trip and Lion Jungle Safari pays Fun river Adventure $30 to run the trip. Fun river Adventure pays their guides and staff $1 per day. At the end of the day, the guy running Outdoor Adventure is in Vegas drinking $100 wine, Jungle Safari has their kid in college and is wealthy, Fun River Adventure is able to keep the company afloat, the guide makes just enough to keep himself and his wife and 3 year old son alive. All three live in a one 15 by 15 room. I worked with this guide, we had fun but it still bothers me. Could we do better? Can't we share more?

Ask me how works. We are the overseas booking agent, we don't have a Lion Jungle Safari in the middle, our operator will receive more than 70% of what we charge. I need your help to make it happen. Lets do this the for-profit not-profit way. I'm not asking for a handout. I'm just asking everyone that visits nepal to pay a little attention to where your money actually goes.

What percentage of your payment should each party be paid? Lets talk.

Friday, July 17, 2009

For Profit Non Profit

Ever since my last visit to Nepal I find myself thinking about all the people of Nepal that can only dream of having a better life. And there are millions. I want to do something. Something that will change lives.
Well, what are my options? I could give some money to charity that work in Nepal. I could go work for a Non profit working in Nepal. I could ask my friends/family for a donation to support a charity organization. Believe me, I have tried raising money for charity and I did not enjoy it. It was too much work to raise so little. Working for a non profit will mean having to work on someone elses idea of what helping mean. Yes I could find a non profit that I like but I think I have a better idea. How about I do something about it. And so was started.