Entries by katja

Happy with WakaWaka

Recently we have been able to rejoice many families in Nepal with a WakaWaka solar light. We could donate 168 lamps, thanks to the principle Buy One = Give One of the firm  WakaWaka and the sales in the shops of Kathmandu Outdoor & Travel   in The Netherlands. Destination Makalu and Manaslu. In November, some of the give […]

Back from visit Nepal

Last month, we (Katja Staartjes and Henk Wesselius) were 3 weeks in Nepal with the primary objective, to visit two reconstruction projects. In 2015 we were, with our Foundation Topaspiraties, active in Helambu and rebuilt a school in Kakani. In 2016 we were able to contribute financially to the reconstruction of a medical center and […]

BBC Radio: The Conversation

On 11 th january 2016 BBC Worldservice broadcasted The conversation. Gemma Cairney interviewed two women: Shailee Basnet from Nepal and Katja Staartjes from the Netherlands. Both mountaineers, one from the ‘highest’ country and one from the ‘lowest’ country in the world. Both women did climb mountains, are motivational speakers and are leading expeditions. Shailee Basnet […]

Update Helambu – Nepal

Summary: we trekked through Helambu in december 2015/january 2016 by the route Sermathang/Tarkeghyang. From Tharepati we followed the normal trail via Gosainkund. What is the current status of Helambu that was badly hit by the Earthquake in spring 2015? It is possible to do a trekking here via the lodges! The path was almost everywhere […]

Opening School Kakani Nepal

Personal report of inauguration of the Shree Palchok School in Kakani (Sindhupalchowk, Helambu area Nepal) at 30th december 2015. The reconstruction of the new building was financed by the Foundation Topaspiraties from the Netherlands. It was a great festival with all people involved: students, teachers, school comittee, and some political leaders. Even there was a […]

WakaWaka to Nepal

Katja Staartjes: “in one week we will go to Nepal to visit the Shree Palchok Secondary School. Here we will attend the ‘inauguration ceremony’ of the new prefab and earthquake resistent building. Thanks to the donations we received, we have been able to help the school for the reconstruction. Soon the 4 classes will be […]