American-Nepali Students' and Women's Educational Relief was founded in 2001 after obtaining excellent results with our own little "street girl", Uma, whom we placed in a private school in Kathmandu. After 3 years, she had become fluent in English, had made up for being placed back two years initially, and was obtaining top marks. From wanting to simply learn to read and count, she began to feel she wanted to be a doctor. Uma graduated with honors in nursing and is working in a hospital in Katmandu. Eleven years after founding and many refinements, we have over 600 children in 120 schools and colleges all over Nepal. We are 117 for 117 in sending our high school students to college. Half of the college graduates have careers in Nepal, the other half are still pursuing their studies at the Universities. Read More

P.O. Box 68401
Grand Rapids, MI 49516
(616) 516-0955
Earle Canfield: jecan314@gmail.com
Lisa Durham: lisa.durham@ymail.com
ANSWER is a 501c(3) tax-deductible, non-profit charity.

Save the Date

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 09:08 AM
posted by: admin

Poster_RedBenefit Concert & Reception featuring David Lockington 
Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Ballroom at City Flats Hotel

77 Monroe Center Street
Grand Rapids, MI

Reservations $55
Students $25 

Please RSVP by contacting Lisa Durham at lisa.durham@ymail.com   – or – 616-957-2675

Namaste from Earle

Thursday, June 12, 2014 @ 12:06 PM
posted by: BonnieC

I am writing this from the mountain village of Lukla at the base of Mt. Everest. We had been a week on the trail visiting some of our most remote schools and students in the foothills. The schools are few and poorly funded; the people are living on what they can grow; and some of the students walk up to four hours a day to get their education.  We need to help them.

It’s been over 4 days waiting for the weather to lift so that we can fly back to Kathmandu and have a hot shower. We now find ourselves  with clothing so soiled and sweat-soaked they defy ever being clean again.

Landing in Lukla - Tenzing Hillary Airport Nepal. Landung auf den gefährlichsten Flughafen der Welt
Landing in Lukla – Not for Sissies

 As more and more climbers come down to the Lukla airport from their Everest Base Camp Trek, we find ourselves in good company – all of us stranded at the most dangerous airport in the world waiting for planes to take us back to KTM. Some have international flights which they need to catch and must pay $500 per person for a helicopter flight out!  The runway at Lukla is pitched at 15 degrees uphill for short landings and take-offs. The end of the runway drops off a cliff which allows the plane to pick up speed after take-off!  The runway is the length of a football field and 1/3 as wide, and each day I wait, the more I am inclined to take that helicopter!

Our little party of five includes a student Nikita and a sponsor Didi from Seattle. I lugged around my laptop in my backpack and now welcome the free time to respond to emails, writing sermons, stories, etc.  We were fortunate to arrive just as a three day  Buddhist festival (Dumjee) at the local monastery started-lamas, monks, horns, cymbals, masked dancers were all fascinating. There is also a Starbucks, a delightful knockoff with wifi and a happy hour with free popcorn! What more does one need while waiting for the weather to lift!

Meanwhile, in the preceding two months, we have delivered and collected almost 500 of our 600 letters, escorted 9 sponsors around Nepal, held a couple of AAA meetings and countless Film Discussions as part of Social Welfare Club. More immediately, I spent a week with two University of Utah medical experts exploring ways to improve medical care delivery in rural Nepal culminating in a Memorandum of Understanding. More to come.