Dear Friends,

We hope you’ve been enjoying this amazing summer. We are happy to report that our programs in Nepal are thriving thanks to your continued support. This is also a good time to share with you the news that Ten Friends will be undergoing a bit of a transition over the next 8-12 months. After more than 14 years and tens of thousands of hours of commitment to the betterment and empowerment of the Nepalese people and communities, Mark, Rand and Sally feel the need to step back and find a better balance in their respective lives. Although they will still be involved at some level, and remain on the Ten Friends board, their direct participation will be less.

Fortunately, there are great people and organizations that are committed to help during this transition period. Many of you may know Bruce Abernethy (Bend City Councilor, grant writer), and he has agreed to take both a leadership and fundraising role. Other organizations like Cascades Academy and Summit High School Interact Club represent the next generation of people who continue to be inspired by the work that we are able to support.

This “sharing of the torch” will be a healthy change for the organization and it will ultimately benefit Ten Friends and our projects in Nepal.  Bruce is an outstanding leader and we have complete confidence that he and others will continue to nurture the projects that we’ve spent years developing and growing. This is also a great time to ask yourself, “What is my role in Ten Friends?”  We will be expanding the board, starting committees (for those who feel they can’t quite commit to the Board role) and generally revamping how we talk about and thank those who support our cross-cultural philanthropy.

There is plenty of work if you’d like to help out!  If you have any questions, feel free to call Mark at 541-280-7778 or Bruce at 541-771-0463. Thank you for your continued support!

Best Wishes,
Mark, Rand and Sally

Our Purpose…

Ten Friends is a non-profit organization formed by two teachers and a bunch of good friends. With your help we are improving lives with simple, hands–on projects that make a big difference to people in need.

Thanks to friends and generous donors, our work in Nepal has been an amazing success. Please visit all of the links in this site to get a complete picture of what we are doing, and how you can become a part of Ten Friends.

Our Work…

We work in Nepal – one of the poorest countries in the world. One of the beauties of the Nepali culture is its simplicity. Fancy homes, material items, and excess are seldom seen. Nepali people value family, religion, education, and basic needs like, food, sanitation, shelter, clean drinking water . . . and a cup of tea with a friend. Our goal is providing those basics.Our projects focus on assistance that the Nepali people need – not what we think they need based on our culture or religion. Before we begin a project we always ask, “Is this something you need and can use?”

Our History…

Mark Lamont

Mark LaMont
Rand Runco

Rand Runco
Sally Benton

Sally Benton

Ten Friends began when two teachers and eight of their friends spent a summer in Nepal. It is now hundreds of people who have been involved in our work.

Every summer we travel to Nepal, often taking volunteer students or friends. Our first project was delivering stretchers to villages along the trekking paths near Mt. Everest so that injured villagers could be carried safely to hospitals.

We have seen how poverty, government instability, or natural disasters make it difficult for people to realize their hopes and dreams. Children are most affected by these conditions.

From the stretcher delivery project and other charitable opportunities that arose, Ten Friends Project was born. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit and donations are tax-deductible.

Our Vision…

Ten Friends Project recognizes the human impact of economic hardship throughout the world. Our values are cultural respect, human dignity, increased quality of life, and environmental preservation. We are especially concerned with the challenges faced by children. These values will guide us as we seize opportunities to empower less fortunate people and enrich their lives. We all share a collective responsibility and together, with friends, we are prepared to act now.

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

Edward Everett – U.S. Secretary of State, 1852

“If each of us tells ten friends about what is needed…and each of them tells ten friends…and each of them tells ten friends…then what we can accomplish has no limits. That’s the power of Ten Friends!”

Ten Friends Motto