June 2021: Children of Askole

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By traveling around the world we discover not only other cultures and beautiful landscapes, we also are confronted with the harsh reality that some people are not as fortunate as in our western world. During climbing expeditions we come in contact with people who live far from urban prosperity, so that education, energy and healthcare are not obvious but rather a luxury.

Picture taken during winter expedition 2020

Askole is the gateway to the most beautiful and highest mountains of the Himalayas in Pakistan. This village can only be reached by 7-hour drive from the nearest town true a treacherous mountain path that is repeatedly cut off from the outside world by landslides. In this village live 307 children with only 1 school and 9 teachers. The winters are very harsh, houses are heated by wood stoves and these expeditions are their main source of income.

With every mountain we climb, we respect nature and care about the people that live there and support our expeditions.

Askole is home to 307 children and what these children need are ordinary items, from winter clothes to school supplies such as pens, notebooks or blackboard markers.

With the collected money of 8000 euro we bought learning tools/toys for the youngest class, 310 inktpen's and down jackets, schooluniforms, leather shoes and wintersocks for all the children. If there is budget left, we will buy more essential items for the children and the school. It's a small gesture that hopefully can create a lot of joy int the children’s harts, that's why we do it. Alex Gavan, a famous climber from Romania who climbed several mountains above 8000m without the use of oxygen, still supports the teachers in this school and supports also this project.

How can you help?

All donations our welcome on this bankaccount and will be transferred to the school principal of Askole Ali Muhammad.

BE79 9734 1112 4733 BIC/Swift-code ARSPBE22

registered on my name Sofie Lenaerts with reference Children Askole

To give you an idea what the children of Askole could use, is mention below.

The more money we can raise, the more necessary item we could buy ☺️ If you do the math below... you understand that sharing this blog would help 🙏

Student Enrolment class 2021

Class. Boys Girls Total

9th. 00. 09. 09

8th. 10. 09. 19

7th. 09. 11. 19

6th. 13. 21. 34

5th. 22. 16. 38

4th. 17. 19. 36

3rd. 20. 17. 37

2nd. 10. 14. 24

1st. 11. 10. 24

ECD-ii. 10. 07. 17

ECD-i. 20. 12 32

Play G. 10. 08. 18

Total = 307 Children

Student Ages:

Class. ages

9th. 15-16

8th. 14-15

7th. 13-14

6th. 13-14

5th. 12-13

4th. 12-13

3rd. 11-12

2nd. 10-11

1st. 8-9

ECD-ii. 6-7

ECD-i. 5-6

Play G. 4-5

What is the cost for clothings?

Clothes and estimated prices:

- winter coats RS 1800 (9,5 euro)

- Paints 1200 (6 euro)

-Uniform set. RS 1500-2100 (8-11 euro)

-Jacket. 1200-2000 (6-10 euro)

-Shoes. 1200 (6 euro)

-School Bag. 1600 (8,5 euro)

What can they use for school?

1.Note Books (Tang lane, four line and Urdu)

- for All subjects

- Four lane for ECD to. Grate 3rd kids

-Rough register for higher classes (4th to 10th)

2. Pen and pencils

- Ball Point

- Ink pen

- Pencils

- Colour pencils

- pointer Marker

3. pencil sharpener

4. Eraser

5. Geomatry Box

6. Ink (blue and black)

7. White board marker

8. Perminent marker

9. Flip chart

10. Picture charts

11. Masking tape..

Askole, Askoli, or Askoly (Urdu: اسکولی‎) is a small town located in Shigar Valley, in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. Askole is located in a remote region of the Karakoram mountains 3040 meters above sea level.

In normal times, every summer there is a stream of trekkers and climbers that pass through Askole on their way to view or climb some of the highest and wildest mountains in the world; K2, Broad Peak, the Gasherbrums, Chogolisa, Trango Tower and more. Yet, despite the wealth passing through, very little trickles down to the people of Askole and even less to the children.

As the snow starts to fall, many families have had no income this year due to the absence of trekkers and expeditions, they are facing an exceedingly difficult winter, left hungry and facing hardship.

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