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Want to do something life changing in 2014?

— Emily Bradfield

Trek in the Himalayas and make a difference to the lives of young refugees. Departing from the UK on 30 October 2014 for 12 days

In a major fundraising initiative for 2014, we are offering supporters the chance to trek in the Himalayan region of Nepal and visit one of our projects working with Tibetan refugee children. It’s a great chance to experience some of the world’s most beautiful scenery while raising funds to support our life-changing work.

Trek this!

The trek, run by Oyster Trekking, will introduce you to Nepal’s culture, as well as its landscape. You will enjoy a couple of nights in Kathmandu, before heading off to the Annapurna mountain range for 7 days of walking. The route includes visits to remote mountain villages where the way of life has remained relatively unchanged for centuries. On two occasions you will stay as a house guest with a local family, receiving a warm welcome and traditional home-cooked food.

This is a local initiative and a great example of responsible tourism at its best. The trek will end with a stay at Pokhara, where you will visit Art Refuge UK’s new project site and see the charity’s work in action. You will then head back to Kathmandu, where the Hindu Tihar festival will be in full swing and the streets will be alive with music, colour and celebrations.

The trek reaches altitudes of 2100m and is suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit with some experience of walking. You will be in good hands. Oyster has been offering Nepal treks for over 10 years and uses expert local guides and porters, with the added back up of their excellent local representative in Kathmandu.

The cost of this 12 day trip is £2,685 per person. This includes:

• Flights

• All accommodation

• 7 day Himalaya trek with guide and porters

• 4 nights in Kathmandu, including guided tours of the main sights

• 2 nights in Pokhara with a trip to Art Refuge UK’s project site in Jampaling

• And importantly - a donation of at least £1,385 to Art Refuge UK!*

*Donation per person based on 10 participants

If you are interested in signing up, or know someone who is, contact Daniel at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or on 07969 101522.

To secure your place, Oyster Worldwide will require a registration fee of £300 and then you will have until August to fundraise for the rest.


Art Refuge UK collaborates with Art Therapy Initiative (ATI)  – an update

— Emily Bradfield

      Art therapy workshops in support of psychosocial health in Nepal’ were successfully delivered in two parts earlier this month, led by Debra Kalmanowitz and Bobby Lloyd. Hosted respectively by the United Mission for Nepal and the Esther Benjamin Memorial Fund, this ambitious initiative was attended by over 50 front-line staff and care professionals from more than 20 local oganisations. The training used art-making to build on already existing skills and increase capacity of local care workers who work daily and under enormous pressure to support Tibetan and other refugees, survivors of trafficking and internally displaced children - in refugee reception centres, refuges, orphanages and community mental health settings across Nepal.

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Art Therapy Project

— Emily Bradfield

Art therapy training workshops in Nepal - November 2013, with Art Therapy Initiative

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A Walk in Nepal

— Emily Bradfield

This Autumn, East London-based student Jessica Goodison Burgess and her architect mum, Louise Goodison went on a 24-day trek in Nepal around the 8th highest mountain in the world, to raise funds to support Art Refuge UK (ARUK) and Art Therapy Initiative (ATI) in the delivery of two weeks of art therapy workshops.

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ARUK Newsletter 2013

— Emily Bradfield

It has been an eventful year in the life of ARUK, and the coming twelve months are set to be more eventful still!

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