Help Sherpa Kids Get The Education
$712 raised
24% of $3k goal
12 contributors
57 Weeks running

    Everybody knows about Everest and Himalayas. A tough peak. Beautiful mountains. Magical place. And people there are unusual too. Sherpa people - are a Nepalese ethnic group numbering around 150,000. They are famous for their climbing skills and superior strength and endurance at high altitudes.

        All this sounds great but only at the first glance. Sherpa people live in the mountains so it's very hard to bring any products, goods to their Homeland. That's why food and other products are very expensive. For example, rice - 10$ for 2 pounds, water is 5 times more expensive, meat and other products are unreal for common citizens.

       So how people can earn some money there? 80% of income is from tourists that are going to Everest or to Island Peak. Sherpa’s working as porters and carry luggage, products and supplies for mountain camps, because there is no transport there. The common Sherpa earns 2-3$ per day carrying... 130-300! pounds on their necks and backs. It's unbelievable. People here look 10-30 years older because of such hard work. 

        The main problem is that kids are carrying weights too. From 12-14 years they are starting to carry goods to earn some money.

         Probably you think "why they are still living there?". The ticket to the airplane is 40$. This is very expensive for Sherpa people.
         There is a school in Namche Bazaar ( the village located within the Khumbu area at 11,286 ft at its low point, populating the sides of a hill) where children from neighbouring villages are studying and living (because it's hard to get to the school every day, for some kids it's 3 days from home by foot). Also a lot of kids there have lost their fathers. A lot of men have died during the expeditions to Everest. The school exists on donations from tourists and Sherpa businessmen. Unfortunately, after the earthquake in 2015, there are 10 times fewer tourists in the Himalayas.

       Let's help these kids get the education so that they can find a good job in other regions.

       It's hard to transfer money here. Now I'm traveling a lot but I will return to Namche Bazaar in a month. My friend is going to Namche Bazaar in a month too, he will bring the donations and I will give them to school.

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