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Kahtoola Awards Grants to Projects Dedicated to Indigenous Cultures

Kahtoola, the creator of MICROspikes, EXOspikes and NANOspikes brand traction and performance-driven gaiters, announced its “Kahtoola for the People” grant program has awarded $28,000 during the first quarter. Recipients include Zanskar Films, Esperanca, One New Education and Elevate Nepal.

Celebrating its 22nd year of giving, Kahtoola’s next round of grant applications will be reviewed in June and nonprofits are encouraged to apply by June 1, at Kahtoola.com.

Elevate Nepal received a $10,000 grant to support its mission to provide the Nepalese people access to resources for the responsible development of a sustainable community. Building on a Kahtoola grant from 2020, Elevate Nepal continues its work with the Ananda Jyoti Agriculture School in the community of Begnas Tal, Nepal. This year’s grant money will help pay for teacher salaries, the purchase of land, improve school technology and support for scholarship programs for incoming students to learn about sustainable, organic agriculture.

The second $10,000 grant of was awarded to Esperanca to focus on youth health initiatives in three rural communities of the Q’eros Nation in the Peruvian region of the Andes. Grant funds will be used to connect with 148 indigenous families to assist with projects that improve the nutritional status and quality of life of children and adolescents. Funds will assist in projects that reduce chronic malnutrition and improve oral health. For information on Esperanca’s work, visit https://www.esperanca.org/.

Zanskar Films received a $5,602 grant to fund its documentary, “Winter in Zanskar,” filmed by local Zanskaris in Zanskar, India. The film’s mission is to capture and preserve this unique culture and people based in the isolated Zanskar Valley as the modern world inches closer every day. Historically, Zanskar, a network of self-sustained communities, is inaccessible for half the year during the harsh winter. However, Zanskar’s snow is melting, and a new road is being constructed, both of which are threatening ancient customs and rare endemic species of the Himalayas. A preview trailer is available.

Wrapping up this round of “Kahtoola for the People” grants was an award of $2,500 to One New Education to cover school expenses for three girls in the town of Dhulikhel, about 30 km east of Kathmandu, Nepal.

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