20 Years of the Juniper Trust
"For every journey there has to be a first step. When, in 1992 Angela Locke travelled to Nepal for the first time, she had never been anywhere in the Developing World. This first journey would be a life-changing experience which would culminate in the founding of the charity Juniper Trust, of which I am now the Patron, which now works to provide basic facilities for the poorest and most disadvantaged communities across the world."
The Juniper Trust was founded in 1994 by a group of volunteers, inspired by writer and teacher Angela Locke. Since those early beginnings, JT has expanded hugely, supporting projects across the world, but its basic vision remains the same as it was at the start: to work in a low-impact, sustainable way to support the poorest communities, particularly children, listening to community needs in the developing world and working in equal partnership.
Angela's first project for JT was to provide a small water tank for a school in Kathmandu and she raised the £200 to pay for this by asking her friends to knit jumpers to sell on a market stall in Penrith, Cumbria where she lived. Once everything was in place, Angela approached KE, whose offices were close by, for help in overseeing the project and also to take the hard earned cash to Nepal to pay for the tank. From that day to this, KE has been actively involved with the Trust and has helped it grow from its humble beginnings to the respected charity that it has become.
The Juniper Trust is unique in that they have no overheads and they can guarantee that all of your donations will go directly into a project(s) of your choice and you can be confident that no money is wasted or used for salaried staff. Staff are all volunteers and they even pay for their own stamps! The Juniper Trust are very grateful indeed for any donations, big or small!The Juniper Trust has a long history of supporting projects which are directly linked to Health and Education. Funds come from the generous support of individuals, organisations and schools who have formed a close connection with communities they have visited through KE trips, or through hearing about Juniper Trust's work. In Nepal, JT have provided funds for the renovation of three schools in Kathmandu and more recently for the Adarsha Bal Vikas Kendra (ABVK) School for physically and mentally handicapped children. In India, historic projects include the rebuilding of Congress School in Darjeeling, a major overhaul of the facilities at the Lingshed Hostel in Leh, the installation of Solar panels in a remote village in Spiti and general support for the Ladakh Flood appeal in 2010. In partnership with KE, JT has given the Northern Areas of Pakistan considerable support over the years including teacher training and recently the building of a new school in the remote village of Asumbar. In Kenya, the Trust has helped Island School in Ol Maisor, a small village beneath Mount Kenya, and Gitare Primary School in Tanzania has benefited from a new library. In Peru's Huayhuash and Cordillera Blanca regions, JT has supported Val Pitkethly who has been the driving force behind the installation of 4000 solar lights. To learn more about the Juniper Trust and current projects around the world please view their website.
More recent developments at the Juniper Trust include the revamped website junipertrust.co.uk and also the decision to use the on-line donation system 'Just Giving' which enables UK taxpayers to easily 'Gift Aid' their donations.
For more information please go to www.junipertrust.co.uk or look out for ‘On Juniper Mountain' the very readable book that Angela Locke has written about her experiences with the charity.
Patron: Sir Chris Bonington CBE - Registered Charity: 1053356
On booking a KE holiday all clients will receive a 15% discount letter to use at Cotswold Outdoor. Additionally, Cotswold Outdoor very kindly donates part of the money received from KE clients to the Juniper Trust. The contribution from Cotswold to date is close to £30,000 and all of this money has been used to further the work of the Trust.