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ZEAL EXPLORER

Ben Ayers

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Meet Ben Ayers

Ben Ayers is a climber, film producer, National Geographic Explorer and humanitarian based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He began his career in 1999 by founding the Nepali NGO Porters’ Progress that advocated for safer working conditions for local laborers in the expedition and trekking industries. Ben is now the director of the dZi Foundation (dzi.org), working in close partnership with some of the most isolated communities in the country to create lasting improvements in quality of life. His latest project *The Last Honey Hunter* was published in the July 2017 edition of National Geographic, and includes an award winning short film. This project took nine years to complete.

"Feel good, be good, do good."

- Ben Ayers

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Exploring Nepal With The dZi Foundation

We caught up with the dZi Foundation (Pronounced “Z” Foundation) through their travels across Nepal. Member Heema Rai has followed and documented the journey closely by...

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Giving Back To Nepal With The dZi Foundation

ZEAL Optics is extremely excited to be partnered with the dZi Foundation (pronounced “Z” Foundation), to bring the gift of eye protection to one of the world’s poorest countries, situated at one of the highest elevations on the planet.

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A Short Love Story

Our friends over at dZi Foundation​ put together this very touching video on their work in local Nepalese communities. We’re so happy to be working with them to provide sunglasses to locals in these high, alpine environments with UV levels that are higher than nearly anywhere on earth.