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In May 2005, a group of 8 people trekked together to Everest Base Camp.  They were led by Dawa Geljen Sherpa, a Sherpa whose family have lived in Lukla for generations.  Son of a Yak farmer, Dawa learnt early how tough it can be getting on in life without the benefit of schooling.  His father died when Dawa was still in primary school and Dawa left school to start work to help support his mother and family.  His dream to improve the education of children in his home town of Lukla became a reality when he met Davie Woods, Ian Lowrie, Graham MacDonald, Linza Corp and Michele Findlay on their life changing trip to Everest Base Camp.  

From the inspiration of Dawa and the energy of the Davie and his friends, Classrooms in the Clouds was born and on 29th August 2007 Classrooms in the Clouds was registered as a charity with the Scottish Charity Commision.  




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Vivienne Arkell and Joanne Chapman with the support of their friends Tracy and Jason have now reached Scotland!  They have remained in good spirits, appreciating the beauty of the coutryside even during torrential downpours and rough terrains!  Check out Vivienne’s blog for more stunning photographs as well as an entertaining commentary of their endeavours.  

Vivienne and Joanne's amazing efforts will enable children from some of the poorest parts of Nepal to access a good education.  Find out more about our exciting projects here.


Click here to find out more about their challenge and the inspiration behind it. 

You can also visit their fundraising pages to make a donation and show your support for this incredible undertaking. Vivienne Joanne

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On the 29th May 2017 Passang Geljen Sherpa completed the Everest marathon, the highest marathon in the world! Starting at the Everest base camp (17,598ft) and finishing at Namche Bazaar (11306ft), it covers 42.195 km over rough, gruelling mountain trails.  He finished in an amazing 8 hours 29 minutes!  

Passang is passionate about providing a good quality education for children in Nepal.  This is an area that resonates strongly with him as sadly, his father died when he was just 9 years old. This left his family with no income and no means to enable the children to go school.  His own experiences have inspired him to make a difference, to provide children from some of the poorest parts of Nepal with the opportunities to succeed and reach their potential.

His fantastic efforts have raised over £6000 for Classrooms in the Clouds.  This will contribute towards our exciting Kangel school project, where we will be building 6 earthquake resistant classrooms as well as providing clean water and gender specific toilets.  Work is already underway, find out more here

Donations can still be made click here 


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Vivienne Arkell and Joanne Chapman with the support of their friends Tracy and Jason are walking the length of Great Britain to support education and build a better future for children in Nepal.

Since setting off from Lands End on April 1st, the team have overcome challenges, worn through the soles of numerous pairs of boots, and persevered through a good mixture of British weather including wild, wet and windy conditions but have nevertheless remained in good spirits and shown drive and determination to reach John o’Groats, covering 1,300 miles!

It was a pleasure for CITC trustees Mike and Sarah Hagen to join them on Sunday as they headed from Buxton to Birch Vale, even Scout the dog came to show her support.


Vivienne, who has been keeping a blog of the adventure (click here) explains how she was Insipred by Dawa Geljen Sherpa, founder of CITCNepal who, motivated by his own experience of having no school available in his hometown as a child, was determined to make a difference for others. His experiences have shaped CITCNepal’s aspirations to enable learning opportunities for children in some of the most remote and underprivileged parts of Nepal, to build schools in their own villages, keep families together and encourage children to stay in school for longer to achieve a brighter future and break the cycle of poverty.

Please visit Vivienne and Joanne’s fundraising pages to find out more and to support them in their journey by making a donation. Vivienne Joanne



Congratulations to Sally Walters and Ruth Hill for completing the Miners Trial Spring Triathlon on the 14th May at Severn Centre, Highley, in Bridgnorth.  This is a huge achievement involving a 400 swim (in an outdoor pool) an 18k cycling route around the Severn Valley and finally a 5k run along the River Severn.

Sally and Ruth are part of a partnership between Classrooms In The Clouds and schools in Dudley, West Midlands to raise money to build classrooms in Nepal. 

Their fundraising efforts through this event have raised £530 for CITCNepal and will contribute towards the creation of much needed Early Years classrooms, where children can develop a love of learning in earthquake resistant, safe learning spaces.

Check out their fundraising page for more information and to donate. Click here

Hundreds of primary school children in the Dudley area supporting their peers in Nepal through some amazing and creative fundraising events. Sponsored walks, non-uniform days and many more unusual ideas are being held to help some of the most underprivileged children in the world.  Read more about our Sister Schools here



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