Karma Sherpa, owner of the Colorado-based trekking company Sherpa Mountain Adventures, is establishing a team of 12-15 individuals to make up an Immediate Disaster Relief & Support Team to provide on-the-ground assistance to individuals in or near Kathmandu that were affected by the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015.
The team members to the Immediate Disaster Relief & Support Team have already been identified. They live in the affected area in Nepal, but were uninjured and are available to help. The team consists of Karma Sherpa's family members, close friends, and other guides or Sherpas working in the area, including Ang Babu Sherpa and Tsering Wongdu Sherpa. Both Babu and Tsering are trekking guides for Sherpa Mountain Adventures. Team members receive a $10 USD/day stipend from the donation fund for their relief work; the remainder of all donation funds are going directly to the purchase of supplies for Nepali individuals in need, as explained in detail below.
The situation in Kathmandu is dire, as the city is quickly becoming overpopulated and resources are dwindling fast. People are displaced from their homes as a result of the destruction and living in tents in alleyways or open grass areas. Hospitals are overcrowded, and treatment is being provided in the streets.
Due to mass overcrowding, there is no or very limited access to CLEAN WATER and FOOD. Due to the extremely high number of severely injured people, the BLOOD supply at most Kathmandu hospitals is critically low. Foreigners that are not aiding in disaster relief need to EXIT the country. Overcrowding in hospitals, hotels, restaurants, and in the streets is creating utter chaos and is causing consumption of resources needed for locals.
The funds raised through this site will provide DIRECT funding to the local team organized by Sherpa Mountain Adventures. Specifically, your funds will be used to directly purchase clean water or to filter untreated water for victims, to purchase tents for homeless people to use as shelter, to purchase and bring in food to homeless individuals and hungry victims, and to purchase and bring in donated blood to the hospitals that are in dire need of blood supply. Team members will also be available to assist non-citizens arrange transportation, including plane flights, so that they can exit the country as quickly as possible. The longer non-citizens stay in Nepal, the more resources they will consume, causing the shortage for locals to worsen.
Donations made to the Red Cross or other large disaster relief efforts are helpful, but the money does not get there quickly and the immediate results cannot be measured. These funds will go DIRECTLY to providing on-the-ground aid to Nepali people in need. Your donations will go a very long way and make a large difference in the lives of those affected during this tragic time.
100% of all funds received will go to Nepal. Progress reports, photos, and statistics will be provided to inform donors of the real impact their donations have made. For more information, contact 303-507-2530 or e-mail at [email protected]