Help Boulder's Pemba Sherpa Rebuild Sengma, Nepal

For: The Children of Sengma, Nepal
Boulder, CO
Organizer: Pemba Sherpa
$109,628
of $120,000 goal.
Raised by 549 donors
91% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

“I would like to thank all who so generously supported my efforts to rebuild the homes of the villagers in Sengma and the surrounding area. You have no idea how much it meant to me and to those people who lost their homes.”
— Pemba Sherpa

On May 21, the Colorado Mountain Club sponsored a dinner and paddle raiser which raised $44,000 for victims of the Nepal earthquake in the remote villages of the Everest Khumbu region, home of CMC member Pemba Sherpa. Along with an additional $65,000 raised on this site, a grateful Pemba took more than $109,000 to Nepal in June. There he distributed the funds to 281 families to help them begin rebuilding their homes.

In addition, two monasteries which were destroyed were given $1,000 each and a bridge over the Dude Kosi River in Phakding was rebuilt.

Prior to Pemba’s trip, his brother visited 700 families in 30 villages in nine counties to assess the damage to their homes and prioritize their need for funds. Accompanying Pemba was his friend Greg Greenstreet, a Twitter executive. The pair flew by helicopter to the villages they helped.

Now Pemba is undertaking a second effort to raise $20,000 to rebuild Mahendra Jyoti school in Chaurikharka Village. The school is home to 370 students in grades one through 12. It was completely destroyed in the earthquake and classes are currently being held in what Pemba describes as “very hot” tents.

Pemba will return to Nepal in September along with eight CMC members for his 16th CMC Adventure Travel Trip to Everest Basecamp and Island Peak. He scouted the area on his June relief effort and reports the area is safe and the tourist industry is rebuilding quickly. Spots on the trip are still available. Please spread the word — supporting the tourist industry is one of the best ways to support Nepal, since many Nepalese are employed through tourism. On that trip, Pemba also hopes to bring the funds necessary to rebuild the school.

Background information on Pemba and Sengma

Sengma is a village that sits in the shadow of Mt. Everest in Eastern Nepal. Over 500 families live there, most of whom lost their homes, roads, and community in the recent earthquake. Pemba Sherpa's family and friends are among those impacted and are depending on him to help them through this difficult time. While there are hundreds and thousands of dollars going to Nepal right now, very few of those funds will ever reach the rural communities such as Sengma.

Pemba was born and raised in Sengma until he was 18, and in the past 23 years have returned to my community 47 times. He has supported his village in the past, building a suspension bridge in 2000 and a hydroelectric plant in 2007. These projects helped support Sengma's community needs then, and this campaign will support the community's needs now. This campaign is only a part of Pemba's efforts to raise the money necessary to help Sengma.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 3, 2016

Posted on January 3, 2016

Namaste Friends,
It has been nearly six months since our last humanitarian trip to Nepal. A lot has happened since then: tears, devastation, rebuilding, a new Constitution, and a fuel blockade from India. I’ve seen Nepali families suffer more than ever. After the devastating earthquake of April 2015, with support from all my wonderful friends, I was able to raise $110,000 in cash and collected over $65,000 worth of tents, tarps, sleeping bags, and blankets. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed!

In late June, my friend Greg Greenstreet and I traveled to Nepal to distribute this financial and material aid. Among the beneficiaries were 282 families in the Chaurikharka  VDC (Solukhumbu District), two monasteries, one temple, and a damaged bridge over the Dud Koshi River in Phakding. Prior to this trip, my brother Chhongba visited 700 families in 30 villages across nine counties, to assess the damage to their homes and prioritize their need for funds.

Now I am undertaking a second effort: teaming up with the Boulder-based nonprofit “Who Dreams Wins” to rebuild the hydroelectric power plant in Sengma and the Janasewa school in Gumela village. Both were completely destroyed, leaving families in dark homes cooking without light or heat, and 198 students in grades one through seven studying in tents or temporary shelter.

At the end of April 2016, I will travel once again to Nepal with a group of volunteers, including the CEO of Who Dreams Wins, to complete this project. We need your support now more than ever . 100% of your tax-deductible contribution will go directly to these humanitarian efforts. Please consider contributing whatever you can at www.gomissionnepal.com

On behalf of Sengma and Gumila villages, I thank you deeply for your generous support.

Sincerely,
Pemba Sherpa


Posted on July 31, 2015

Posted on July 31, 2015

“I would like to thank all who so generously supported my efforts to rebuild the homes of the villagers in Sengma and the surrounding area. You have no idea how much it meant to me and to those people who lost their homes.”
— Pemba Sherpa

On May 21, the Colorado Mountain Club sponsored a dinner and paddle raiser which raised $44,000 for victims of the Nepal earthquake in the remote villages of the Everest Khumbu region, home of CMC member Pemba Sherpa. Along with an additional $65,000 raised on this site, a grateful Pemba took more than $109,000 to Nepal in June. There he distributed the funds to 281 families to help them begin rebuilding their homes.

In addition, two monasteries which were destroyed were given $1,000 each and a bridge over the Dude Kosi River in Phakding was rebuilt.

Prior to Pemba’s trip, his brother visited 700 families in 30 villages in nine counties to assess the damage to their homes and prioritize their need for funds. Accompanying Pemba was his friend Greg Greenstreet, a Twitter executive. The pair flew by helicopter to the villages they helped.

Now Pemba is undertaking a second effort to raise $20,000 to rebuild Mahendra Jyoti school in Chaurikharka Village. The school is home to 370 students in grades one through 12. It was completely destroyed in the earthquake and classes are currently being held in what Pemba describes as “very hot” tents.

Pemba will return to Nepal in September along with eight CMC members for his 16th CMC Adventure Travel Trip to Everest Basecamp and Island Peak. He scouted the area on his June relief effort and reports the area is safe and the tourist industry is rebuilding quickly. Spots on the trip are still available. Please spread the word — supporting the tourist industry is one of the best ways to support Nepal, since many Nepalese are employed through tourism. On that trip, Pemba also hopes to bring the funds necessary to rebuild the school.


Posted on June 24, 2015

Posted on June 24, 2015

Hello everyone,

Mariko, Pemba's wife, has been in contact with Pemba and Greg, who traveled with Pemba to Nepal, and sent the following update.

"Pemba called from village this morning and said the fund was safely handed over to victimize people in village. His brother worked hard on who has priority to get help- factoring poorness as well.. sounds like this is tremendous amount of work and politics, trying to make everybody happy. 

Sadly, the 40 bags of the aid material is still stopped at Kathmandu airport. Apparently, there were people who wanted to bring in their own items to the country, claiming “earthquake aid material” to avoid the custom. Now government needs to check all the bags. He said the donations from all over the world is stopping at airport… wish they can find solution quickly. Pemba’s team is at the airport working to get this bags out asap.

Thank you for all the help for this fundraising, Pemba and all the village people have endless appreciation for you all."

Greg is tweeting at @ggreenstreet if you would like to follow him and see all the pictures he is posting. For now, Mariko was kind enough to send some along, which I have posted to this site.

Again, thank you for your continued support for this cause.

Kyla

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