A huge thank you to everyone who donated to my givealittle page for the Sherpa Future Fund. Together we raised $588 which has been passed on to Adventure Consultants for the fund.
The June 2016 update has just been published, and I am appending it here so that you can see some of the great work that is being done by the Fund.
Sherpa Future Fund – June 2016
Dear supporter of the AC Sherpa Future Fund,
With the pre-monsoon expedition climbing season completed and a return to `normal’ operations in the Himalaya we were happy to have enjoyed an event-free season after the tragic outcomes of the previous two seasons. Spring 2016 saw our groups achieve successful outcomes on Mt Everest, Dhaulagiri, Mera Peak and Island Peak in addition to several trekking programs so it was very heartening to observe the Sherpa staff, guides and team members again enjoying the unique environment and rewarding experiences that travel in Nepal delivers. The employment provided to our Nepalese workers enables our staff to further rebuild their lives in an era when tourism is significantly down on `pre-earthquake’ levels.
The focus of the Sherpa Future Fund has centred on providing education to the children of Nepalese workers who have lost their lives in the mountains and as a result of your generosity the Sherpa Future Fund is able to support 13 children in their schooling and boarding costs while two more are yet to start their schooling. All but one of the children who are already at school are now attending boarding schools in Kathmandu that have been selected because they provide caring and supportive environments with dedicated teaching staff.
We closely supervise the learning progress and well-being of the children through our Nepal Operations Coordinator, Chhiring Sonam Sherpa, who also has school-age children and personally knows many of the families. I was lucky enough to make a visit to one of the schools with Chhiring Sonam when I was in Kathmandu this last spring and I was very impressed with how attached the children were to him and what care he takes to supervise their education and well-being.
Adventure Consultants pays Chhiring Sonam’s wages and costs directly and not from the Sherpa Future Fund, from which all proceeds are spent directly on expenses for the children. The school costs cover all meals, stationary, uniform, sporting gear, boarding costs, bedding, school trips and footwear.
We have been very gratified to have received offers from several of you out there who have committed to supporting the costs of an individual child or several siblings from one family for the duration of their education. We are extremely thankful for this support as it enables us to focus the balance of the funds towards the support of those children that are yet to attract an individual sponsor. We are cognizant of the need to retain funds for the children yet to reach school age, and for us to offer support to mothers needing assistance as they rebuild their lives without their husbands and the family bread-winner.
Our commitment to providing education to these children will continue through to 2030 for the youngest ones and we know that the commitment you and we have made together is certainly helping them towards a better future.