“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.