Husband and wife team, Denise and Ric with their son, Cameron (at center).  All serve on the  CCF Board of Directors .

Husband and wife team, Denise and Ric with their son, Cameron (at center).
All serve on the CCF Board of Directors.

Over thirty years ago, a young couple took an adventurous trip to Nepal for some trekking. This set in motion a completely new direction in their lives.

Denise Attwood and Ric Conner went on to establish Ganesh Himal Trading, LLC, a fair trade import business designed to bring economic empowerment to marginalized producers, primarily women, in Nepal.

Through Ganesh Himal Trading, Denise & Ric actively raised money and advocated for projects to subsidize education for daughters of artisans they worked with, rebuilt workshops for producers, and helped co-establish the Baseri health care clinic.

Fast forward to 2014.

Funding for the educational stipend became critically low for the artisans’ daughters and most would be unable to afford school, forcing them to drop out.

To solve this, The Power of 5 program was born through the efforts of Denise Attwood, Cameron Conner, and Austin Zimmerman who then launched Conscious Connections Foundation as a platform through which they could expand educational opportunities and accessible healthcare in Nepal.

CCF has since expanded far beyond initial expectations and has reached out to better the lives of thousands—thanks to these fantastic team efforts:

  • ACP partners, Meera Bhatterai and Revita Shrestha, were instrumental in helping to build the Power of 5 program.

  • The Baseri Health Clinic exists today thanks to the tireless efforts of Sita and Dhane Gurung.

  • And through the action of many Nepali and Tibetan associates, CCF is able to carry out it’s important work.

  • And to you for supporting CCF and our mission.

    You are impacting thousands of lives. It is because of you that CCF can make long term stability in education, healthcare, and strong partnerships a reality and the reason why we can foster these Conscious Connections today.