Shoestring supports the projects carried out by the charitable organisation GIFT for AID, which gives tourists in Nepal the chance to contribute towards a better standard of living for the local populations. In their information office in Kathmandu, practical, small-scale projects are mapped out and on display. These projects have been developed by local development organisations. You can visit the information office and financially support the project(s) that you find the most worthy. At the time of writing, three projects are presented, these being education for women about sanitation and new wells, installation of improved cookers which use less wood and give off less smoke, and the building of facilities to help Kathmandu’s victims of leprosy. You can arrange a visit to see one of the projects in action at GIFT for AID’s office in Kathmandu (closed on Saturdays). If you wish to know more, check the organisation’s website at www.giftforaid.org.