Dear Friends,

Thanks to more than 175 participants the Ten Friends Color Run was an amazing success! It was truly fun in the sun for a good cause. Thanks to Summit High Interact and Bruce Abernethy for their hard work putting it together. We plan to make the Ten Friends Color Run a yearly event.

The Ten Friends Himalayan Education Center in Khandbari, Nepal is getting a new retaining wall (shown in the photo). This wall is vital to prevent erosion as the rainy season begins. This is a huge undertaking and we’d like to thank the Kenneally Foundation for making it possible with their generous donation.

Also, if you are interested in listening to a podcast about the Himalayan Education Center’s history and forward vision you may click here. Thanks to Patrick Lunt for his hard work coordinating the HEC Earthship building and for creating the podcast!

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