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Bringing Progress to Paradise: What I Got from Giving to a Mountain Village in Nepal Paperback – September 15, 2010
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"Our Nepal experiences have been through a locally-owned company in Kathmandu staffed by people from Basa, near Everest. Jeff has spent time in Basa and taken on this village as his personal project. A school and electricity generation were the first two projects Jeff undertook and this is about his personal growth experience." Maximum Adventure maximumadventure.net/?s=books
"This ... is an experience in spiritual enlightenment as well as Himalayan adventure ... It is a rare book indeed that can provide this kind of spiritual and psychological depth as well as breathtaking high adventure. It will be of interest to mountaineering explorers, anthropologists, spiritual seekers and anyone looking for an exciting true adventure story. It is a wonderful addition to eco travel literature as well as a book for spiritual journeyers, soul travelers, and philanthropy travelers." examiner.com/review/bringing-progress-to-paradise-1 by Sylvia Andrews for Examiner.com
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Jeff dropped out of college, saved money from factory work, then hitch-hiked across the USA. Money earned on a road crew financed travels in Europe and motorcycling from Indiana to Mexico City. Marriage and kids limited him to Himalayan mountaineering and sea-kayaking expeditions.
Jeff's commitment to social activism and philanthropy began in high school when he co-founded the Goshen Walk for Hunger. In law school he fought for renters' rights, and organized the first rent strike in Indiana as president of the Indianapolis Tenants Association. He was lead counsel on class action suits for prisoners which resulted in the construction of two new jails in Central Indiana. Jeff was plaintiff in a class action requiring clean-up of the White River after it was polluted by an industrial chemical spill. Jeff is president of the Basa Village Foundation, which funds culturally sensitive development in Nepal. He is a director for five nonprofits. He is U.S. liaison for the Himalayan expedition company Adventure GeoTreks Ltd, and teaches philosophy of philanthropy at Butler University.
Jeff's BA is from U of Chicago magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, All-Academic All-State Football, letter winner in swimming and football; JD Indiana University Law School cum laude, Moot Court, Indiana Law Review; M Div Christian Theological Seminary magna cum laude, co-valedictorian and Faculty Award Scholar. He has been admitted to the Indiana, US District Court, and US Supreme Court Bars.
Jeff describes reading Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past as great an adventure as climbing Himalayan peaks.
Contact through: http://www.jeffreyrasley.com
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The author begins his book with an unexpected tragic event that he witnessed in 1999 when he was attempting to climb the Mera Peak a 21,224 feet high mountain. It took eleven days to reach the Mera base camp from where the group had views of surrealsitic mountain passes and glistening glaciers. A low distant roar was heard as an avalanche struck and buried three Nepalese porters. This event caused the author to wait four more years before he ventured into this alluring and challenging environment again.Read more ›
Part memoir, part travelogue, part documentary, this true adventure captures your interest in the opening pages and leaves you yearning for your own personal pilgrimage through the remote villages of Nepal.
Thankfully, my fears were quickly alleviated when I began reading this book. While, certainly, Mr. Rasley says things about the people who went on treks with him that I don't think needed to be said (or perhaps just not said so overtly or in such detail), his arrogance didn't bother me that much (that said, I would not want to be one of the people he skewered in this book!).
The charm of this book to me was its breadth. It is part memoir, part travelogue, part humanitarian mission report, part exploration of Nepalese culture and part treatise on the high and low points of mountain trekking/climbing. It reads like a diary of how, in general, the author went from mountain climber to humanitarian but also, in specific, how one particularly-important trek succeeded and failed.
Mr. Rasley's over-arching thesis is this--at what point does bringing Western aid, culture and technology to a tiny Himalayan village without running water or electricity change that village for the worse? In other words, when does helping hurt? The author uses the Sherpa culture as an example--how they have become so Westernized (from making money off of the mountain-climbing industry) that their culture has lost its old ways.Read more ›
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Any well-rounded, adventurous, compassionate nature lover will love this true story. Jeff brings the amazing adventure of Nepal and the equally amazing culture of Nepal to any... Read morePublished 6 months ago by marilyn moore
This book is extremely well written. This man does not know everything and does not claim to, but his hard insights and ideas are so valuable in this current day and time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Daniel Wilson
Nepal is a fascinating country, visited by thousands each year. It has much to offer any visitor. Mr. Read morePublished 21 months ago by jerry
A very inspirational and inspiring story about doing philanthropy in Nepal. It was humorous, heart-felt, and eye-opening. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kyle Graden
This book was an insightful description of a westerner's encounter with a community outside his realm of experience, and it offers a lot of wisdom on how the West ought to value... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Marianne Richardson
This book was a wonderful account of the natural and cultural beauty of Nepal. A detailed description of the history and changes created by tourism, and the desire to bring... Read morePublished 21 months ago by sarahb
I read this book as part of a seminar on best philanthropic practices and this book was a clear example of how to create positive, sustainable change in a small community without... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nicole Marie Vasconi
I've been taking voluntourism groups to Nepal since 2011. One of the nurses in my first group bought the book and gave it to me. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sydne M Frymire
Not a trekking/adventure book. It's a humanitarian / social book. Nice reading. Deep and inspirational. Makes me want to BOTH start my own humanitarian project AND go to Nepal!Published on January 17, 2014 by Eugenio Ferrari