Cascades Academy senior making a difference in Nepal

BEND, Ore. - Delaney Newport, a senior in high school at Cascades Academy, has been involved with Ten Friends ever since she was 8 years old.  Ten Friends is a local organization that supports health and education for the women of Nepal.

From an early age, Delaney knew she wanted to be involved with their important work.  Initially she set small goals, such as raising enough money for water filters for a Nepalese village. By the end of middle school, Delaney had raised enough money to build two libraries in Nepal.

 For the last four years, Delaney has planned and organized a Himalayan Holiday Dinner and Silent Auction, with all proceeds going to support education for women in Nepal.  So far, she has raised over $15,000 through these dinners;  her goal this year is to raise $5,000 more, to reach a total of $20,000.  That is enough to provide a year of education for 20 Nepalese women.  Delaney recruits volunteers to cook the entire dinner, and to procure items for the silent auction.  She has procured over $3,000 in silent auction donations so far for this year's event.

 This year's Ten Friends Himalayan Holiday Dinner is Tuesday, December 12th from 6-8pm at Cascades Academy, 19860 Tumalo Reservoir Road, Bend. All proceeds support the Ten Friends Himalayan Education Center and other projects in Nepal. This fun evening features a delicious Nepali meal, silent auction, and unique holiday gifts straight from Nepal! Tickets are $12 with RSVP and $15 at the door. Please RSVP at  

 Delaney has a special interest in helping involve younger children in volunteer and outreach work.  She remembers the impression her brother's trip to Nepal made on her when she was just 8 years old, and wants to ignite that passion for outreach in other young children.  To support that goal, Delaney is welcoming children under the age of 6  to the dinner free of charge.

About Ten Friends

Ten Friends began when two teachers and eight of their friends spent a summer in Nepal. Every summer we travel to Nepal, often taking volunteer students or friends. 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. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit and donations are tax-deductible. Learn more at:

About Cascades Academy
Cascades Academy is a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade independent private school located in Bend, Oregon that focuses on challenging academics through experiential learning. Learn more at

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