I think donor must donated directly to family. otherwise whole world know how Nepal authorities treat us even they collected billions of dollars from our contribution. So please I know very well, I hope it will go to right families and will help them.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CORY RICHARDS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Published April 24, 2014
The deaths of 16 Sherpas in the April 18 avalanche on Mount Everest have spurred an outpouring of sympathy, particularly in the climbing community. Many people are looking for ways to help.
These five nonprofit campaigns assist Sherpa communities in Nepal. Some are raising money directly for victims of the recent tragedy:
Individual donors can help this foundation, which has been teaching Sherpas mountaineering skills since 2003, by purchasing photos of the Everest region and its people donated by professional photographers, including National Geographic's Aaron Huey. (To see and purchase photos, click here.) All of the proceeds will go to the Sherpa community.
This nonprofit will match donations (up to $1,000) to the Himalayan Trust to provide scholarships to children impacted by the tragedy.
This fund, started by mountain guides Dave Morton and Melissa Arnot, "provides assistance to individuals, families and communities in underserved countries adversely impacted by their work for the mountain-based adventure industry," the fund's website says.
The American Alpine Club created this fund in the wake of the avalanche specifically to help victims. The website says "the AAC is working to identify the necessary partners and guidelines to most efficiently and effectively distribute these generous gifts."
This fund finances education for Sherpa students in the Khumbu region near Mount Everest.
You can also donate here
In addition to raising money online, united sherpa association is also raising donation from local sherpa community in New york. Your donation will get to the families with full transparency.
In the wake of this terrible tragedy it is important to remember, it is the people who make adventure travel in this region possible. After having just returned from the Khumbu valley and a trek to Mt. Everest myself, I was able to see first hand how hardworking, kind, knowledgable, and friendly the people of Nepal are - specifically the Sherpas, Guides & Porters. It is appalling how terribly the government of Nepal treats the very people which keep them financially stable.
This was the deadliest accident in Everest history. It is important to give thanks, respect, and support to the individuals and their families who make it possible to even set foot in this majestic place. Their families deserve better than $40 and an insulting pat on the back from the government of Nepal.
It's true. This place is dangerous... There are constant threats of avalanche and altitude sickness, among other very deadly scenarios. Sherpas in this region do this work to support their families, to make a somewhat decent wage, to better their community - and they are no doubt under paid and over worked. Their lives are in constant peril, and they are continuously exploited by a disrespectful government. I don't pretend to comprehend what they go through on a daily basis, all for a few bucks. But you can see it in their eyes - aside from the need to support their families, it is clear that they love to be outdoors, they love to bask in the shadows of this beautiful place, to climb mountains, to experience nature in the most grand, most breathtaking, most monumental place in the world; they are infatuated with the enigmatic giant known as Mount Everest. They love the adventure as much as you and I. They respect this place and cherish it's magical qualities, they have the same feeling as I did every time they reach base camp or the summit the tallest point on earth... Ultimately, climbers will climb because, as Sir Edmund Hillary said "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
Please do what you can to support - please help remember those who were lost on this tragic day and please help support their families.
Expedition organizers could take a cut in their massive profits to give them a decent standard of living. after all, the sherpas are the ones that keep the mountain climbable !
The American Himalayan Foundation is related to the Himalayan Trust and has an excellent rating from Charity Navigator. The plight of the Sherpa community in Nepal is horrendous. The pittance they earn compared to the $100K charged by the guide services is evil. There should be economic development for the region. The Sherpa people do not benefit from millions of dollars spent there. There is plenty of opportunity for tourism that does not put lives in danger. None of the Sherpa people interviewed on NPR yesterday wanted to be guides. They did it so that their children could be educated and not be forced to be guides. I have no respect for Everest climbers. They do it on the backs of exploited people
@Sean Nolan government has to be responsible because the colleting billions of dollars from our contributions. but they doing nothing that's way Nepali people always poor.
@Rose Lee yes I am agree with you. example from my village rolwaling valley almost every villager working as a climbing Sherpa and trekking guide,
as a working this line its very fun, love it and we like it. May be beside this we don't have other choice may be lack of opportunity, education and job. no education system like we have primary school in village but no teacher, don't talk about healthcare and doctor ect. we need tourist and we need foreign climbers to earn for support our family and daily life.
@Rose Lee i agree the company which bring rich clients and pays pittance to Sherpas are also to be blamed for Sherpas predicament ...these foreign own companies hide by saying they have paid climbing fees to Nepal Goverment and therefore its the Goverments responsibility ...thats codswallop..... they must pay much higher to Sherpas ....without the Sherpas they will not make any profits and never get anywhere near the summit of Everest .
@Ningma Sherpa @Rose Lee Ningma, have you and the sherpas thought about forming a union to help protect the rights of the sherpas? And as other sherpas have suggested, could avalanche prevention barriers be set-up to help?
God and Buddha bless you all. Many prayers for your safety in your dangerous livelihood.
@Seif Patwa Nepal government should play big roll to protect us they should be responsible for it. because they collecting billions of dollars from our contribution.
A joint Honduran-American expedition has confirmed the presence of extensive pre-Columbian ruins in Mosquitia in eastern Honduras, a region rumored to contain ruins of a lost "White City" or "City of the Monkey God."
Small, young galaxies should be free of interstellar dust, but an object called A1689-zD1 is breaking all the rules.
Take a peek at polar bears playing, swimming, and sleeping in their changing habitat.
The Future of Food
How do we feed nine billion people by 2050, and how do we do so sustainably?
We've made our magazine's best stories about the future of food available in a free iPad app.