Since 1995, KE has worked closely with the Juniper Trust and together we have a very successful record of locating community projects and carrying them out. The Trust identifies projects likely to generate long-term benefits and KE uses its expertise and local knowledge to ensure that funds are successfully distributed and that the work is done. Working with a single charity in this way, we have been able to maximise our contribution to the areas we visit. Our focus is on finding sustainable projects where we can work alongside the local people.
Registered Charity: 1053356. Patron: Sir Chris Bonington
Latest News on Projects
Updated 5th June 2013
This facility for physically and mentally handicapped children is in Banepa, a small town to the east of Kathmandu. Over the past 3 years, the Juniper Trust has contributed £7000 towards a new physiotherapy unit. The implications of the innovative work of this little school are important and the medical department of Kathmandu University is taking an interest in the project as an example of best practice.
Earlier in May, Angela Davis from KE Adventure Travel visited ABVK to assess the need for further help. It was agreed to sponsor a second physiotherapist to help reach disabled children in villages close by who were unable to attend the school for treatment. The aim of the physiotherapy programme is to help children with mental and physical difficulties to have a better quality of life, one that will require minimum support from their parents in the future.
In July 2012, Alderley Edge School for Girls visited Gitare School in Kenya to help build a library for the school. Prior to their arrival, the foundations had been dug and the main walls were erected. Alderley Edge pupils and parents hand-mixed cement to lay the library floor, made A-frames for the roof and built 3 sets of book-shelves. Alderley Edge raised £11,300 to complete this project.
This year Alderley Edge pupils have raised a further £1093 to sponsor one of Gitare's graduate pupils to complete a four-year nursing diploma. Eric Mwgendi Mbae is 22 and lives with his mother, brothers and sister who are unable to cover the expense of accommodation, uniform, food and books. In Kenya, all pupils funded through their education until the age of 15 but, as a high achiever, Eric was offered a scholarship to go to college.
In July 2013, Val Pitkethly will install Solar Panel Lights in three more villages in the Cordillera Blanca: Yanghiroa, Pastopapcha and Gultwachipa, taking the total number of lights installed in Peru to over 4000! It costs approximately £18 per unit and Val is hoping to raise funds for 300 lights, a total of approx £5400. Cotswold Outdoor have chosen to support this project, among others, and has donated £2000.
Two years on from Ayub Khans vision of a new school in the remote village of Asumbar in Pakistan, the school was formally opened at the end of April. The Juniper Trust raised £6000 for the building and continues to fund the teacher's salary. The new school will make a huge difference to the lives of the children in Asumbar and other villages nearby. A special thank you to Ayub Khan for his vision and hard work to get this project completed.
The Juniper Trust recently sent £1700 to pay for two teachers at Khane School, Baltistan. The two teachers were needed so that the school could offer a year 9 class (age 13). Pupils in Khane village, who are in this year group, could not afford the travel costs to attend a school in the city. They are now able to study locally.
For more information on these appeals (for which we are still raising funds) and other projects worldwide including new ones being considered by KE and the Juniper Trust, go to: junipertrust.co.uk
If you want to make a contribution to a particular project you can do it online, or send your donation to: The Juniper Trust, PO Box 104, Keswick, CA12 5WD