Through guiding and witnessing the poverty and scarce resources in those very communities who graciously welcomed him, Dean Cardinale made a commitment to include humanitarian efforts as a component of all future expeditions. In 2007, this commitment led to the formation of Human Outreach Project (HOP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.

  • HOP was conceived out of the idea that climbers and trekkers could — and should — give back to communities surrounding expedition sites
  • HOP strives to reach communities in remote areas of Africa, Asia, and South America
  • Durable partnerships established with communities are defined by long-term commitment, needs identified by the local people, and a collaborative effort to contribute to sustainable solutions
  • In its early years, HOP focused on the provision of basic medical, dental, and education supplies to impoverished communities — in particular to orphans — in Nepal, Tanzania, and Peru
  • Working with local community leaders, HOP has evolved into an organization with a special commitment to the medical, educational, and developmental needs of children living in orphanages adjacent to expedition sites
  • Many guests choose to extend their adventures by taking part in voluntourism
  • Africa: HOP-built 4-acre orphanage and Kilimanjaro Kids’ Community
  • Nepal: Regular delivery of dental supplies to the Namche Dental Clinic courtesy Ultradent, support provided to local orphanages, facilitation of eye surgery clinics for local communities
  • Peru: Support of local community programs and orphanages

HOP will continue to grow and evolve, as will our commitment to giving back.

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