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Tony Freake

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Tony Freake

Tony Freake or 'Papa Tony' as he is known by the people of Phortse is classed as a real local hero and he has done much good work in the village.

Tony first went to Phortse over ten years ago while trekking in the area and instantly fell in love with the little mountain village. He decided to see what he could do to help this village and over the years has helped the local village development committee in a number of projects both raising funds and in manpower.

On many occasions Tony has been helped by Eton college who help whenever they can in fundraising and in sending sixth formers to help with the projects.

The projects completed so far are:

The Old School
Initial Repair Work on the fabric of the building and installation of partitions to create seperate classrooms.

Teachers Accommodation
More important than the School itself is the provision of good teachers for the children so accommodation was built to help attract teachers to the village.

Water Supply
Installation of a cistern fed from a stream kilometres away. Unfortunately even this dries up in the winter months and water has to be fetched from the river hundreds of meters below the village.

The Medical Centre
The provision of a building and some general medical supplies as well as training for a nurse to stay in the village.

The Gompa
The people of Phortse have wanted their own Gompa (Monastery) for hundreds of years. The nearest to them was in Tengboche. With the permission of the Dalai Lama. Tony helped the village build their own Gompa in the village using traditional methods, and it is very impressive.

Monks Quarters
As an addition to the monastery, Quarters for the monks have now been built next to the Gompa.

The New School
Tony's latest project is the new School which finally replaces the now run down old school buildings which we were there to covert. It must class as one of the smartest looking buildings in the Everest region, and is a credit to the village.

Tony's help was invaluable in planning and setting up our project and we owe him great thanks.

Report To Tony on completion of project