Western Colorado Friends of the Himalayas evolved over a number of years after Montrose, Colorado, resident, Bill Duckworth initiated the idea of supporting Tibetan refugees and assisting the Nepalese community with local help including medical assistance, local school education and documentation for US citizenship. Often, Tibetans and Sherpas lived at his and his wife Nora's home.
Later, the emphasis changed to support of Nepalese individuals and villages in the Solo Khumbu area of northeast Nepal.
In 2009 Western Colorado Friends of the Himalayas was incorporated and received its 501(c)3 status.
This work has expanded in the past few years to embrace regions of Nepal that were devastated by the 2015 earthquake and also "adopting" remote villages and doing much to assist the Sherpa villages in Namche Bazar, Khumjung, Khunde and Pangboche, with scholarships, clothing, medical aid and development of cultural programs.
We place special emphasis on girls and women's emancipation and work hard to insure that they get equal opportunities for education and advancement.
We remain a very small charity with no paid employees but strive to maximize the cost effectiveness of our financial and other means of support.
All that we do is dependent on donations and proceeds from memberships, generous benefactors, local fundraisers and cultural programs.
Bill and Nora Duckworth, founding board president of our organization
The Annapurna Range with Macharpuchare (on the right). Taken from a hill above Pokhara