Donations to Go DIRECTLY to Immediate Relief Team in Nepal

For: On-The-Ground Immediate Relief & Support Team in Nepal
Kathmandu, Central Region, Nepal
Organizer: Sherpa Mountain Adventures, Karma Sherpa
$62,686
of $150,000 goal.
Raised by 395 donors
41% Complete
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The Story

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]

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 27, 2015

Posted on May 27, 2015

May 26, 2015 Update: THIRTY SHELTERS BUILT FOR AFFECTED FAMILIES IN THE REMOTE VILLAGE OF CHHULEMU; TEAM PLANS TO REPAIR SCHOOL

THIRTY SHELTERS CONSTRUCTED IN CHHULEMU: The Disaster Relief & Support Team assembled and managed by Karma Sherpa, owner of the Colorado-based trekking company Sherpa Mountain Adventures, has spent the last five days building shelters for affected families in the remote Himalayan village of Chhulemu, Nepal. Although Chhulemu has been plagued with torrential rains recently, the team has worked through the cold and wet conditions. After five long, hard days, the team has built 30 shelters for families who lost their homes in the second major earthquake that hit Nepal on May 12, 2015. The shelters built by the team are the familes' only means of cover from the seasonal monsoons and other natural elements.

ROOFING MATERIAL PURCHASED FOR SCHOOL IN TAKSINDU: Next, the team is planning to repair a school that is part of a community monastery in Taksindu, Nepal. Taksindu is another small village in the Himalayas near Chhulemu. It is about a 40 minute walk in between the villages, and walking by foot is the only means of transportation in this area. The school typically provides food and housing for 50 students at a time, but the school can no longer house students due to the severe damage that occurred to the building during the May 12 earthquake. As a result, the children were placed in a temporary shelter. However, due to recent heavy rain and high winds, the temporary shelter was blown away and destroyed. Now the children have no place to live. 

The team is using YOUR FUNDS to purchase materials to rebuild the school for these young children, who are currently living out in the elements during monsoon season. The team is purchasing 11 bundles of tin roofing, which has 132 pieces of tin roofing material. The team will be purchasing these materials from Salleri, which is the closest city to the village. They will load the tin roofing material onto a truck and drive it to the Ringmu village. From there, with the help of local villagers and the school students, they will carry the 132 tin sheets on their backs to Taksindu. While it will likely require many trips, each trip will take one hour each way. Once the materials reach Taksindu, the team will be coordinating with a local carpenter who will complete the roofing work necessary to repair the school. Once the school's roof is repaired, it will still remain badly damaged. However, it will become habitable once again and all 50 students will live in it throughout the summer while the team constructs a new school house.

100 TENTS PURCHASED AND DISTRIBUTED IN DEUSA VILLAGE: The team also purchased 100  tents for displaced villagers in Deusa. The team loaded these tents into a rented jeep and drove for more than a day to reach Deusa. The tents will provide shelter for 100 families.

PLEASE KEEP DONATING AND SHARING THIS PAGE! Your donations are providing shelter for affected families. While the earthquakes occurred weeks ago, many villages have still not received any relief or support whatsoever and many people are still without clean water, food, and shelter. One US Dollar goes a long way in Nepal, so please donate, even if you can only afford a small amount! Thank you!


Posted on May 18, 2015

Posted on May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015 Update: RELIEF TEAM ASSISTING REMOTE VILLAGE WHEN SECOND EARTHQUAKE HIT; KARMA SHERPA'S HOME VILLAGE NOW DESTROYED

The Immediate Disaster Relief & Support Team organized and orchestrated by Karma Sherpa, owner of the Colorado-based trekking company Sherpa Mountain Adventures, traveled to and was assisting the remote Himalayan village of Charikot when the second major earthquake hit Nepal on May 12, 2015. Charikot is approximately 130 km east of the country's capital city, Kathmandu. The team purchased tents, blankets, food, and water that they bought with YOUR DONATIONS and was distributing the supplies to the villagers when the ground began to shake again. With the earthquake's epicenter only being approximately 50 kms away, buildings began to crumble around them. The team immediately sprung into action, pulling bodies out of the wreckage and searching for survivors trapped in the rubble of their own homes. The team worked to stabilize broken bones, tend to bleeding wounds, and comfort frightened children. Although all of the team members survived, they did not leave the village unaffected by this second horrific experience.

After the team was evacuated out of Charikot, they took 48 hours off to rest and assess the damage to their own homes.

It is with great grief that we report Karma Sherpa's home village, Taksindu and Cchulemu, was destroyed in the second earthquake. The two side-by-side villages consist of 32 houses and one school. Approximately 10 of those homes are entirely collapsed. The remaining 22 are partially collapsed or otherwise so unstable that they are uninhabitable. The village's school is also destroyed so now children do not have a school to attend. The fact that the school is destroyed is a very emotional matter for Karma because his family established the school back when he was a young boy. Karma remembers that his mother would go around the village collecting 20 rupees a day from families that were able to donate, and she used that money to pay the village school teacher. Since those days, the government began providing funding to pay for a teacher, but his emotional and family tie to the fallen school still remains. 

As a result, the team has set out to provide aid to Karma Sherpa's home village. Yesterday, the team gathered the supplies that YOUR DONATIONS purchased, which consisted of 50 tents, 35 30-kg bags of rice, bedding, and other fresh food, and loaded up a rental jeep.  They drove for approximately 24 hours from Kathmandu to reach Taksindu and Cchulemu, but the road would not take them all the way. Last night, they set up camp to rest, and tomorrow morning (tonight USA time) they will begin their walk through the Himalayas to reach Taksindu and Cchulemu. They will carry the relief supplies on their backs. To the team's knowledge, no other means of relief has yet to reach Taksindu and Cchulemu. 

Once the team arrives, they will distribute the supplies to the village families and begin building more stable, durable shelters. It is monsoon season in Nepal now, so the ground will remain very wet for the next couple months. As a result, the villagers cannot begin to rebuild their homes now. This means that they will have to remain living in the tents and the other temporary structures that team is able to build for them until monsoon season ends. 

The Kathmandu market is currently experiencing a shortage on relief supplies, including tents. As a result, Karma has 8 of the 15 team members waiting back in Kathmandu for more supplies. Karma anticipates that he will be able to send another jeep to full of team members and supplies to Taksindu and Cchulemu in the next couple days.

This is a very hard and emotional time for Karma Sherpa and his family. Please keep them in your thoughts and continue donating and sharing the story of our relief efforts! 



Posted on May 8, 2015

Posted on May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015 Update: TEAM CARRIES SUPPLIES INTO REMOTE VILLAGES BY FOOT

The Immediate Disaster Relief & Support Team continues to make a significant impact in the lives of thousands of stricken Nepali villagers. In the past week, the team has redirected its focus from Kathmandu to helping remote Himalayan villages that have not yet received any form of relief or aid since the earthquake struck. YOUR DONATIONS are the only reason team has been able to reach and help numerous demolished villages. PLEASE KEEP SHARING AND DONATING! We are still working toward the goal of raising enough funds to hire a helicopter to airlift supplies into extremely remote villages, which will likely not receive any assistance without helicopter access.

Yesterday, the team accomplished the following with your generous donations:

TEAM REACHES HELAMBU VILLAGE, WHERE ALL 120 HOMES COLLAPSED LEAVING EVERY FAMILY HOMELESS: Yesterday, the team packed up numerous trucks and jeeps and drove 80 kilometers north of Kathmandu to an area comprised of 10 different small, remote villages in the Helambu region of Nepal. This area is high in the Himalayas, and it is only accessible by foot. After traveling as far as the road would take them, the team loaded up mattresses, blankets, tents, rice, and other goods on their backs, and walked for an entire day through the Himalayas to reach the villages. Approximately 120 homes made up the 10 small villages, and all 120 homes were collapsed and completely demolished. To add to the destruction of the earthquake, a massive landslide followed burying many of the already destroyed homes. Upon the team's arrival all 600 people living in the area were huddled up living under one large temporary structure that they constructed after they lost their homes. The team was the first and only means of aid to reach and assist the villagers so far in the Nepal rescue efforts. 

PROVIDING VILLAGERS WITH 330 BLANKETS, FOAM MATTRESSES & TENTS: The 15-member team arrived in the villages late last night after a very long day packing hundreds, if not thousands, of kilos of supplies in for the villagers. When morning comes, the team will begin distributing all of the supplies. The team purchased and brought in 330 blankets, 330 mattresses, and more than 100 tents to provide shelter and bedding for all of the 600 villagers who lost their homes in the earthquake and/or landslide. Because of the landslide, the families cannot rebuild their homes until monsoon season passes. As a result, all 600 individuals would have been left living in the one large temporary structure for the entire summer if not for the tents that your donations brought to these villages!

PURCHASED 100 30KG BAGS OF RICE & OTHER FOOD: The team also carried in 100 30kg bags of rice, jugs of cooking oil, salt, lentils, and fresh vegetables to provide to the villagers, who are currently without a source of food. Again, when morning comes, the team will begin distributing the food to the approximate 120 families living in the remote area. 

Karma Sherpa and Colorado-based trekking company Sherpa Mountain Adventures want to give you a HUGE THANK YOU for your generous donations! Please keep spreading the word about what our team in Nepal is doing so that we may keep helping families in need. Photos and a video of the team's journey to the Helambu region will be posted soon!


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