Scholarship Winners for 2018

Kid for the Wild Scholarship

We want to thank all of you who have generously contributed to the Kid for the Wild scholarship.  Without your generous gifts, this project would not exist.  Many thank yous.

Something new came to us early in the year when a friend of Jim’s passed too young.  Some of Roger Witham’s friends donated to the scholarship fund in memory of  Roger.  Below is a brief note from Roger’s wife, Mary Beth.

He had a kind and gentle way about him that his friends admired. Always the calming force in the storm.  Roger and Jim met  in 1987 while they were in Pipestem, West Virginia. Roger and Jim became friends, and Roger loved  Jim’s music.  Roger and Jim shared a deep love of nature and all it’s beauty. Roger lived with strong values and beliefs and had many “Friends along the Way”.

We want to thank all of you who have generously contributed to the Kid for the Wild scholarship.  Without your generous gifts, this project would not exist.  Many thank yous.

With Gratitude,
Leslie and the Kid for the Wild board

Below is a list of the scholarships awarded this year.

1. NaDEET (Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust)… Registered in Namibia as a non-profit trust, NaDEET is a vibrant environmental education organization. At the core of NaDEET’s programs is our environmental education center located on the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Children and adult participants learn first-hand about sustainable living, biodiversity and the balance between humans and the environment. Our environmental literacy and outreach programs complement the Centre’s activities and expand its reach nationwide.

The Bush Telegraph Series       The Bush Telegraph, one of their many projects, is a youth magazine that covers a variety of environmental topics relevant to the Namibian context: recent issues include forests, water, climate change, recycling, light pollution, energy and deserts. The readership of the Bush Telegraph is primarily youth between 10-18 years of age as well as teachers, youth officers and environmental educators.


2. Alpengirl Camp..offers and exciting opportunity to make lasting friendships, camp in tents or under the stars, cook and eat good camp cuisine, enjoy daily yoga and relaxation, challenge yourself physically and mentally, fuel your enthusiasm for wild and scenic places and to experience a larger world.  Alpengirls  expected to display acts of human kindness and develop and appreciation of individual differences.  There is a huge diversity in the type of people encountered at the camp.  Some will have similar lives outside of camp and others will have very different lives.  Camp can open your eyes to new ways of thinking, to new cultures and to new ways of being.  Alpengirls have open minds and open hearts.  Ireland W of New Prague, Minnesota  and Ava H of Seattle, Washington are both attending an Alpen Girl camp this summer with the aid of a Kid for the Wild Scholarship


3.  Tserings Fund ….Tsering’s Fund was originally established to find deserving children, families and elderly individuals and provide them educational scholarships, medical care and basic living assistance.

Tserings fund found sponsors for Nima Lhamu Sherpa. She had been cast out of her family following her mother’s death and was living with relatives near Mt. Everest, far from her home in the Makalu Region east of there. She is now happy and healthy at Shridewa Boarding School in Kathmandu. Now, one year later, a new phase of the story unfolds. The fund learned about Sange Sherpa who is recovering from horrific frostbite of his hands suffered while working on Mt. Everest last May. They had heard of his ordeal and of all the efforts to bring him to the US for specialized hand surgery. Coincidently , Sange is Nima’s older brother!! These 2 have several younger siblings back in their village.  When the call came out for help with education costs, Kid for the Wild decided to dedicate funding, along with other donors, to support their education.

These children are from the very remote and poor region near Mt. Makalu. Education is very limited there and of such a nature as to be very basic…..reading, writing etc. These kids will get an English education in a much more modern education environment that will teach them science, environmental awareness and the importance of the natural beauty of Nepal. One reason the Khumbu Region near Everest is so clean now is that many Sherpas have gotten better educations and learned the value of conservation and ecology….especially as it relates to the tourist industry.   There is no better investment in the environment of any place on earth than the education of the youth who live in these remote areas.  They learn to love and respect their place on this planet.