August 2015

TRAS 53rd Annual General Meeting

We are pleased to announce the TRAS 53rd Annual General Meeting and Nepal slideshow.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 15th, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Location: Choices Annex, 2627 West 16th Ave., Vancouver

TRAS member Cynthia Bunbury will share her photos and experiences from her visit to Nepal with Sutherland Secondary School students in the spring of this year (prior to the devastating earthquakes).  A short business meeting will precede the presentation.


READI Nepal Humla Delights Café Now Open for Business

Raj, the chairman of READI, has sent a wonderful report. The young man, Mr. Shiva, who went to Kathmandu for training, learnt well (thanks to the helpful manager of the Himalayan Java Coffee shop) how to make a variety of drinks and to bake many delicious breads and treats. He then bought, with their advice, a coffee machine, a bread making machine, glasses, cups and saucers, 3 tables and 12 chairs, a carpet – and set off back to Simikot.


The lovely sign was carved in Kathmandu and represents the old and the new (English words in traditional Tibetan script) and the local culture of yak travel (the yak is trotting along holding a steaming cup of coffee on its back!). A grand opening was held on April 14, with 200 invited guests (government officials, teachers, tour operators) who were asked for their honest opinion.

It was all going so well – then the earthquake struck on April 25 and although it was distant, people were fearful to go inside buildings. So the food and drink went out to the people, with Mr. Shiva supplying coffee and food to office staff.


He is also baking breads for the children’s tiffin (lunch) and they are loving the taste of their local grains used in new ways. He is getting requests for Tibetan momos and other local favourites – so it seems like a success! Time will tell, but we applaud READI for an innovative way to raise funds for the children’s hostel and education.