The “Joy for Nepal” campaign: Construction of the first two schools was completed. From the funds donated by the Romanians in 2015, the construction of a third school began.

Two years after the start of the “Joy for Nepal” campaign (1), in which more than 36,000 people responded to the appeal of the Romanian Himalayan climber Alex Găvan, the construction of the two schools was completed and more that 150 Nepalese children started their classes. Moreover, due to the responsible manner in which the funds were managed, the construction of a third unit, financed by the funds donated by the Romanians, was also started.

106,576 EUR was the amount donated under the humanitarian campaign “Joy for Nepal”. Construction work was carried out through Karuna-Shechen, a humanitarian organization founded by Matthieu Ricard. The two schools have been built in isolated and disadvantaged communities, replacing those totally destroyed by the earthquake.

“After surviving the earthquake and then the Everest avalanche, two years ago, on my birthday, I had a great dream: to rebuild the hope and bring back the joy to the children of Nepal. Today, exactly two years later, the circle is closed. Three schools built from scratch and a new chance for hundreds of children. I take a bow to you!”– Alex Găvan

The schools are built from environmental-friendly materials, classes are soundproofed and quality-enhancing, encouraging students to continue their studies. Furthermore, the buildings comply with safety standards and are earthquake proof. Each school has eight classes and is built according to a standard project approved by the Nepalese Government.

 

The first school is located 135 km from the capital of Kathmandu, in Satdobato village, Gorkha district. It lies close to the earthquake epicenter, in Manaslu – 8156 m area, a summit which Alex Găvan climbed back in 2011. Forty-one children are studying here, most of them Dalits, the cast of the untouchables. Karuna Schechen estimates the number of students will increase by the end of the year. Total construction cost: 33,663.73 Euro.

“Visiting the construction site of the Satdobato School and meeting the children and their parents was one of the most meaningful moments of my life. All the effort, energy, time and huge challenges turned into pure joy. Manaslu – 8156m, one of the peaks it took the most tremendous effort for me to climb. Manaslu, the area at the epicenter of the earthquake. Manaslu, a place of many Dalits – the untouchables – the people hardest hit by the earthquake and by our own prejudices. This is where we chose to have the first school built.”– Alex Gavan

The second school is 190 km far from Kathmandu, in the village of Tekanpur, Okhaldunga district. Here, 111 children come to study every day. Most of them are ethnic Rai, Tamang and Sherpa. Total construction cost: 34,206.61 Euro.

The estimated initial cost per school amounted to 51,000 Euro. Due to exchange rate fluctuation between Euro, US Dollar and the Nepalese Rupee and the way the works were handled, the costs were lower and money was saved, with a remaining balance of 34,325.72 Euro. Thus, the construction of a new school in the area of the holly mountain of Gaurishankar (7.181 m) was started. It lies in the village of Lakaiguan, Dolakha district, 170 km far from Kathmandu. The school is now 70% completed and it will accommodate over 100 children aged 6 to 14.

“Dear friends from Romania, I am extremely happy to let you know that thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Romanian citizens inspired by my dear friend Alex Găvan, I can tell you that due to the good management of the funds, a third school is already being built in the villages destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. Despite all the difficulties that have arisen – construction in isolated areas, six months of economic blockade at the Indian border, floods and many more – not only have we been able to build the two promised schools and the children are already learning here, but we have saved enough money to start construction of a third one. This is wonderful, especially since the Nepalese government did not get involved so much. Now, thanks to the generous people in Romania, the Nepalese children will have three new schools. Karuna will continue its good work for the sake of everyone. Thank you from the heart!”, Matthieu Ricard, president of Karuna-Shechen.

School dropout is one of the most serious problems Nepal is facing, the main causes being poverty, poor conditions in schools, difficult access to those schools and low levels of adult education. Moreover, the magnitude earthquake of 7.9 on the Richter scale destroyed over 5,000 schools, making it impossible for almost one million children to continue their education. Half of the female population and a quarter of the male population over 15 suffer from illiteracy.

In 2015, Karuna-Schechen had a budget of one million Euro for humanitarian interventions post earthquake. More than 10 percent of the donated money came from Romania due to the “Joy for Nepal” campaign. And regarding the 2015 education budget for Nepal and India, the contribution of donations coming from Romania was 41%. (2)

“Joy for Nepal” was launched on May 19, 2015, on Alex’s birthday, after the tragedy of the April 25th earthquake. Nearly 9,000 people lost their lives and over 22,000 were injured. The avalanche following the earthquake caught Alex Găvan in the Everest Base Camp. Surviving, he participated in the search and rescue operations (3). In the end, 22 climbers died.

Most of the donations came from private individuals who responded to the call by sending two Euro worth of SMS. Donations were also made through sponsorships, bank transfers or card payments on www.alexgavan.ro/nepal.

The amount of 106.576,68 Euro was integrally transferred to Karuna-Shechen. The donation money has not funded any administrative costs, as the fundraising campaign was pro-bono run by Alex Găvan and his team, as well as the partners who joined the project. Karuna-Shechen has all the operational costs covered by its own.

Restarting lives. Rebuilding joy in Nepal.

About Alex Găvan:

A leading Romanian high altitude climber, Alex Găvan (35) reached six 8.000m summits in the Himalayas by fair means, meaning without supplemental oxygen and high-altitude porters. To Alex, “climbing mountains outside is climbing mountains inside“. After surviving the earthquake and the Everest avalanche on April 25th, together with his team, he initiated “#Joy4Nepal”, a humanitarian campaign to rebuild schools in remote Himalayan communities. He is also deeply involved in many environmental causes.

About Karuna-Shechen:

Karuna-Shechen (4) was founded by Matthieu Ricard in 2000. Its mission is to provide quality healthcare, education and social services to individuals and families in the poorest and most disadvantaged communities in Nepal, India and Tibet. Following the earthquake, the organization provided emergency response to 215.511 people in 622 villages in Nepal’s most affected areas.

About Matthieu Ricard:

Born in France in 1946, as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard (5) is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer – regarded as “the happiest man in the world”. After completing his PhD in cell genetics in 1972, at Pasteur Institute, under the guidance of French Nobel Laureate François Jacob, he moved in the Himalayas, where he has been living for the past 40 years. Matthieu Ricard is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to broadening the understanding of how the human mind works. He contributes to the research on the effect of meditation on the brain, at various American and European universities, and is the co-author of several scientific publications. He also contributed to the book “Destructive Emotions”, edited by Daniel Goleman. He received the French National Order of Merit for his humanitarian work and is the French-language interpreter for the Dalai Lama.

“Joy for Nepal” was supported by:

Friends: Ivan Patzaichin, campion olimpic; Oana Pellea, actriță; Eugen Voicu, fondator CERTINVEST; Cătălin Tolontan, jurnalist; Liviu Drăgan, CEO TotalSoft; Cristian Lascu, speolog; Vlad Mixich, jurnalist; Adelin Petrișor, jurnalist.
Partners: ZITEC, ZVÂC, NETOPIA, HEADVERTISING, ACCOUNTESS, grafi-ciana Tuan Nini, MINDSHARE, donatie.ro, Ana Florea, 148 Creative Sound Studio, Alex Tuhut Voice Over, CCIFER, Netopia mobilPay, OMA Vision, McCann PR
Corporate Donors: CERTINVEST, Cris-Tim, TotalSoft, Hyperion Media, Trend Consult, Hipo, TatKraft GmbH, ROHOST, PC4U, Pierre Basma Consulting, Institutul Kaizen, Hyperion Media, Human Invest, Timac Agro, Paravion, Tatkraft!, PC4U, HumanInvest, Timac Agro.
Media Partners: TVR, Știrile TVR, Gazeta Sporturilor, SapteSeri, RFI Romania, Adevărul, Adevărul de Weekend, Antena 3, Realitatea TV, Kiss TV, Dolce Sport, Radio România Actualități, Eurosport, Discov-ery, UPC, Kiss FM, Magic FM, Rock FM, Observator TV, Expo TV, Itsy Bitsy, Radio Tananana, Gold FM, www.românia-pozitivă.ro, Click!, Men’s Health, Editura HAC, National Geographic, Cariere, HR Manag-er, Unica, wall-street.ro, FP România, Men’s Health, Think Outside the Box, Decât o Revistă,
• Auto Motor Sport, Casa și Grădina, Femeia Azi, Dilema Veche,Historia, Beau Monde, Marie Claire, UPC, Wall-Street.ro, eMunte.ro, ExpoTV, Grand Cinema & More.

Contact:
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Notes:
(1) http://alexgavan.ro/nepal/2015/05/22/restart-lives-and-rebuild-joy-by-making-a-donation-to-nepal/
(2) https://issuu.com/karuna-shechen/docs/karuna-shechen_2015_annual_report_e
(3) http://time.com/3840142/climber-everest-avalanche/
(4) http://karuna-shechen.org/
(5) http://www.matthieuricard.org/en/

“#Joy4Nepal” charity campaign: the schools’ reconstruction has begun

Over 36.000 donors answered the charitable call, launched by the high altitude climber Alex Găvan, following the devastating earthquake that took place in Nepal, on the 25th of April 2015. Today, the 106.576,68 euros will help the construction of two schools, hosting up to 500 kids.

“The big earthquake destroyed, in Nepal, around 5.000 schools, putting almost one million kids in the situation of no longer being able to continue their education. We cannot make a difference for the whole country, but we know, for sure, that, through the “#Joy4Nepal” campaign, the kids from two isolated communities, situated in the Himalayan Mountains, will have an extra chance for being able to fulfil their educational potential. This thought simply fills my heart with joy.”- – stated Alex Găvan.

The construction of the two schools is conducted by the Nepalese partner, Karuna-Schechen, founded by Matthieu Richard.

“On behalf of the Karuna-Schechen, I’m extremely pleased to inform all the generous people from Romania, who joined us in helping the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, that we have finalized the first stage of the emergency aid, launched during the first three months that followed the calamity – we managed to help over 210.000 victims, from 620 villages. Also, we started the reconstruction of two schools from isolated areas, thanks to all the support given by the Romanian people, as a result of the mobilization call set in motion by Alex Găvan. We will keep you informed about the progress we make, this being the way we are expressing our deep appreciation and gratitude for the solidarity and compassion that all of you have shown towards us.” – declared Matthieu Ricard, President of the humanitarian organisation, Karuna-Schechen.

Okhaldhunga School

 

The two schools to be built in the place of those destroyed by the earthquake are designed to host up to 500 kids, between 1st and the 8th grade. Both schools are situated at a distance of about 135-190 km away from the capital city of Kathmandu. The primary school Sthanika is situated in Satdobato, from the Gorkha district, while Gramdaya school is situated in Tekanpur, in the Okhaldunga region.

The “#Joy4Nepal” campaign was launched on the 19th of May 2015, as immediate reaction to the devastation caused by the earthquake that caught high altitude climber Alex Găvan in the Lhotse/Everest base camp, during his audacious attempt to summit. Most of the donations came from private donors who answered the call by sending text messages, worth of 2 euros each, at 8826, available in Orange, Telekom and Vodafone; also, donations were made through sponsorship, bank transfers or credit card payments, on www.alexgavan.ro/nepal

The totaling sum of 106.576,68 euros was integrally transferred to the Karuna-Schechen organisation. All the administrative expenses are completely covered by Karuna-Shechen’ own private donors, while in Romania the raising fund campaign was managed pro bono.

Scoala din Gorkha

 

Restarting life. Rebuilding joy in Nepal.

The Joy for Nepal Campaign was supported by:

  • Friends: Ivan Patzaichin, Sprint Canoe Olympic Champion; Oana Pellea, Actress; Eugen Voicu, Founder CERTINVEST; Cătălin Tolontan, Journalist; Liviu Drăgan, CEO TotalSoft; Cristian Lascu, Speleologist; Vlad Mixich, Journalist; Adelin Petrișor, Journalist.
  • Partners who made this project possible: OMA Vision, McCann PR, ZITEC, ZVÂC, NETOPIA, HEADVERTISING, ACCOUNTESS, graphic designer Tuan Nini, MINDSHARE, donatie.ro, Ana Florea, 148 Creative Sound Studio, Alex Tuhut Voice Over, CCIFER, Netopia mobilPay.
  • Corporate Donors: CERTINVEST, Cris-Tim, TotalSoft, Hyperion Media, Trend Consult, Hipo, TatKraft GmbH, ROHOST, PC4U, Pierre Basma Consulting, Institutul Kaizen, Hyperion Media, Human Invest, Timac Agro, Paravion, Tatkraft!, PC4U, HumanInvest, TIMAC Agro.
  • Media Partners:TVR, Știrile TVR, Gazeta Sporturilor, SapteSeri, RFI Romania, Adevărul, Adevărul de Weekend, Antena 3, Realitatea TV, Kiss TV, Dolce Sport, Radio România Actualități, Eurosport, Discovery, UPC, Kiss FM, Magic FM, Rock FM, Observator TV, Expo TV, Itsy Bitsy, Radio Tananana, Gold FM, www.românia-pozitivă.ro, Click!, Men’s Health, Editura HAC, National Geographic, Cariere, HR Manager, Unica, wall-street.ro, FP România, Men’s Health, Think Outside the Box, Decât o Revistă, Auto Motor Sport, Casa și Grădina, Femeia Azi, Dilema Veche, Historia, Beau Monde, Marie Claire, UPC, Wall-Street.ro, eMunte.ro, ExpoTV, Grand Cinema & More.

 

About Alex Găvan:

A leading Romanian high altitude climber, Alex Găvan reached six 8000m summits in the Himalayas by fair means, meaning without supplemental oxygen and high-altitude porters. To Alex, “climbing mountains outside is climbing mountains inside“. After surviving the earthquake and the Everest avalanche on April 25, he initiated “#Joy4Nepal”, a humanitarian campaign for the people of the Himalayas: http://alexgavan.ro/nepal/ He is also deeply involved in many environmental issues.

 

About Karuna-Schechen:

Karuna-Shechen was set up in 2000, by Matthieu Ricard, with the mission to provide quality healthcare, education, and social services to individuals and families in the poorest communities in Tibet, Nepal, and India. The organisation places a special emphasis on the empowerment of women and young girls and the preservation of cultural heritage.

You can find more information about Karuna-Schechen on: http://karuna-shechen.org/

About Matthieu Ricard:

Born in France in 1946, as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer – regarded as “the happiest man in the world”. After completing his Ph.D. in cell genetics in 1972, at Pasteur Institute, under the guidance of French Nobel Laureate François Jacob, he moved in the Himalayas, where he has been living for the past 40 years. Matthieu Ricard is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organisation dedicated to broadening the understanding of how the human mind works. He contributes to the research on the effect of meditation on the brain, at various American and European universities, and is the co-author of several scientific publications. He also contributed to the book “Destructive Emotions”, edited by Daniel Goleman.

He received the French National Order of Merit for his humanitarian work.

2% from the income tax

Romanian citizens or expats paying their taxes in Romania can redirect 2% from the tax income of 2014 towards an NGO, instead of letting the Romanian state decide upon their destination. Therefore, the 2% does not imply any cost from the payer.

Steps

• filing in Form 230 – if in 2014 you obtained only income salary or Form 200 – if in 2014 you also obtained other types of income such as: from intellectual property rights, Self Employed Persons activities, leases etc. Both forms are already filled in with the details of our NGO, therefore you would only have to add you identification details in the 1st rubric, the date and your signature.

• the filled in forms must be submitted to the Tax Authority you belong to until the 25th of May 2015. You can opt to register them in person, therefore you must have 2 copies of the Form, or using the mail post through a registered letter with advice of delivery, case in which only 1 copy must be transmitted.

Should you want us to submit these forms on your behalf, please contact us at nepal@alexgavan.ro.

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You can support our humanitarian activity by redirecting towards Association “Proiectul Cloud Climbing” 20% of the profit tax. In other words, instead of fully paying the profit tax to the State budget, you will be transferring 20% of the due amount in the bank created especially for this project: RO48 RZBR 0000 0600 1766 6333, opened at Raiffeisen Bank, Iancului Branch.

The sponsorship will reduce you profit tax to be paid with the granted amount, if the sponsorship value is lower than 0.3% from the turnover and does not exceed 20% from the due profit tax.
Should the sponsorship value exceed the before mentioned ceilings, it will still provide a fiscal relief, the state offering the possibility to report the difference for the following 7 consecutive fiscal years. The fiscal deductions will occur at each due term of the profit tax.

The sponsorship will be realized through a sponsorship contract between your company and Association “Proiectul Cloud Climbing”, an NGO established and existing under the laws of Romania, whose registered office is in Bucharest, C-tin Istrati 34, district 4, established under the decision of the Court in District 4, nr. 4300/4/2007, sole registration code CIF 21836875).

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Karuna-Shechen’s Earthquake Relief Work in Nepal

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Karuna-Shechen has been actively involved in the relief efforts in Nepal from the first hours after the terrible earthquake struck on Saturday April 25.

Since 2013, Karuna-Shechen has been running an Advanced First Aider Training program in Nepal, under the Disaster and Emergency Response Program. Under this program, the organization has trained 294 AFAs till date, and is currently training 100 more and has been conducting medical response drills, to be ready to respond immediately in case of natural disasters.

In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, the Shechen Clinic functioned as a triage center for assessing injury severity in the Boudhanath area. This had always been the organization’s plan for any disasters or emergencies, and they specifically trained their staff for. The doctors and medical staff helped with the relief effort by addressing medical emergencies around the city, in their own residential areas. In the aftermath, the two mobile clinics went into affected isolated villages to bring essential medical assistance to remote communities affected by the disaster. They also brought food and material assistance.

Karuna-Shechen’s specific area of intervention

A majority of the communities who need help are very small and isolated. There are numerous small settlements scattered all over affected districts, high up the mountains, most have no more than fifty houses.

A lot of those people have lost everything, and are in desperate need of assistance. However, because of their size and isolation, aid from the government and large humanitarian organizations do not reach them. They stay on the fringe of humanitarian aid because their numbers are not large enough to make them a priority and, also, because they are difficult to access.

This is where Karuna-Shechen comes in. If there is a need that they can directly address, no matter what the challenges, they will go where they are needed. This has always been the organization’s area of expertise, and even more so today, in such tragic times. In just one month since the first earthquake, on April 25, they have been able to reach and bring assistance to 165 isolated villages in 11 severely affected districts, directly helping 41,762 people. And this is just the beginning.

Organisation of the intervention

Karuna-Shechen relief work in Nepal follows a 3 step program:

  1. Medical response, both short-term and long-term;
  2. Food and shelter, both short-term and long-term;
  3. Rehabilitation and reconstruction, essentially long-term.

 

Karuna-Shechen will continue to bring medical and relief assistance (food and shelter) to communities affected by the earthquake as long as they need it. Karuna has been working in Nepal since 2000 and has built in this time a network of local grassroots organizations. Through this network they are able to reach isolated communities. Karuna-Shechen is joining forces with them to deliver adequate aid, reach isolated villages, and help those who are too often forgotten.

Rehabilitation and reconstruction will be the next phase. Given the magnitude of the devastation, this is not going to be a small or easy task. This will include building schools and houses, helping schools with their educational programs, rain water harvesting, planting of kitchen gardens and women empowerment. The organisation has started to assess the needs of the people and will devise long-term programs that benefit communities as a whole, based on their specific requirements.

More information on Karuna-Shechen

Karuna-Shechen was set up in 2000, by Matthieu Riccard, with the mission to provide quality healthcare, education, and social services to individuals and families in the poorest communities in Tibet, Nepal, and India. The organization places a special emphasis on the empowerment of women and young girls and the preservation of cultural heritage.

Karuna-Shechen has initiated and managed over 140 humanitarian projects in India, Nepal, and Tibet. Over twenty years of experience has allowed the organization to establish a collaborative team of professionals who work within local communities to identity and implement projects that respond directly to their needs. Even in adverse political situations, their projects have continued to thrive because they are community-based in scale and focus.

The projects range from clinics in the remote highlands of Tibet to medical outreach programs in the slums of Kathmandu, from a school in the mountains of Nepal to training in solar engineering for illiterate village women in India. The beneficiaries have little or no access to health care or education and live in communities that are in great need of these services.

 

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An overview of all Karuna-Shechen’s projects here.

Karuna-Shechen’s Annual Reports.

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Matthieu Riccard – Compassion in Action

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Born in France in 1946, as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972 at the Pasteur Institute under French Nobel Laureate François Jacob, he moved to the Himalayan region where he has been living for the past 40 years.

Matthieu Ricard is the author of several books, translated into over twenty languages, such as: ”Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill”, ”Why Meditate? (The Art of Meditation in the UK)”, ”The Quantum and the Lotus (a dialogue with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan)”, and ”The Monk and the Philosopher”, a dialogue with his father.

Matthieu Ricard has dedicated his life to the study and practice of Buddhism following the teachings of the greatest Tibetan spiritual masters. He has been the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama since 1989.

For many years Matthieu Ricard has been photographing the landscapes, spiritual masters, and people of the Himalayas. His work is exhibited in museums and art galleries throughout the world. He is the author and photographer of a number of photography books.

Henri Cartier-Bresson has said of his work, “Matthieu’s spiritual life and his camera are one, from which spring these images, fleeting and eternal.”

Matthieu Ricard is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organisation dedicated to broadening the understanding of how the mind works. He contributes to the research on the effect of meditation on the brain at various universities in the USA and Europe and is the co-author of several scientific publications. He also contributed for the book Destructive Emotions, edited by Daniel Goleman.

All proceeds from Matthieu Ricard’s books, photographs, and events are donated to Karuna-Shechen (www.karuna-shechen.org/), the humanitarian association he created. Based on the ideal of ‟compassion in action”, Karuna-Shechen develops education, medical, and social projects for the most destitute populations of the Himalayan region.

He received the French National Order of Merit for his humanitarian work in the East.

For more information on Karuna-Shechen: www.karuna-shechen.org

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Alex Gavan – A Challenger of Heights Inside and Out

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A leading Romanian high altitude climber, Alex Găvan believes in aiming for excellence through honest performance, while holding performance accountable at all times. He feels that “mountains are not to be climbed with ice tools and crampons only, which we all can have; but above everything else, with humbleness”. To Alex “Climbing mountains Outside is climbing mountains Inside“.

By the age of 32 he reached six 8000m summits in the Himalayas by fair means, without using supplemental oxygen and high-altitude porters, still being the youngest Romanian who climbed an 8000er (Cho Oyu, in 2006) at only 24.

Three of the six peaks climbed by Alex were First Romanian Ascents: Shisha Pangma (8027m) in 2013;  Makalu (8463m) in 2008; and Gasherbrum I (8068m) in 2007. Broad Peak (8047m) in 2014; Manaslu (8156m) in 2011; and Cho Oyu (8201m) in 2006 were second Romanian ascents.

Alex is the recipient of the 2008 “Gold Medal for Merit in Sport” (Spain). He was awarded twice “The Romanian Sportsman of the Year in High Altitude Climbing” by the Romanian Federation of Mountaineering and Sport Climbing and nominated twice more for the same award. An active environmental activist, is also a WWF Romania Ambassador since 2011. Among others, he got Best Of ExplorersWeb Award in 2008; he was included in the 2012 Top of “30 Under 30” of Forbes Romania; in 2014 he was one of Men’s Health Magazine “Men of the Year”; and he was in the 2015 Foreign Policy Romania’s Top “100 People and Ideas that Move the Country”, receiving also the FP Romania Special Career Award.

Alex renders each experience in inspiration for leadership, vision, strategy, and tactics through powerful speeches. Over 30,000 people have attended his speeches, from highest-level decision makers to youngsters.

He trusts the transformational power that good thoughts and deeds set free in all of us.

You can read his account about what happened on Everest on April 25,  on this piece he wrote for Time.com.

 

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