Classrooms in the Clouds
Organized by: Katie Fischer-Price
Event Name: Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund
Eight days before the Nepal Earthquake, Andy and Katie Rose Fischer-Price (children of famed mountain climber, Scott Fischer) launched this campaign for Classrooms in the Clouds, a non-profit that supports education in the rural villages of the Himalayas. Katie Rose, a regisered nurse in Seattle, flew to Nepal on May 1st to join the World Health Organization's relief and aid mission.
Classrooms in the Clouds is now using this money to help those in the remote Sherpa villages of Nepal rebuild and recover. The funds will provide relief to these mountain villages, many of which are extremely difficult to reach. Several have been almost entirely destroyed. The cost to rebuild or repair is around $5,000 - $10,000 a house, so any donations will help hugely.
READ OUR FULL STORY HERE:
19 years ago, our father, Scott Fischer, passed away while climbing Mt. Everest. His death and the events that happened on the mountain that day in 1996 were magnified, publicized, and have been talked about for nearly two decades. *Jake Gyllenhall will be playing him in a Hollywood blockbuster set for release this September. wtf?*
In 2011 we traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal in order to get a small taste of the culture, community and landscapes that our father lived and died for. We were overwhelmed with appreciation and graciousness - so many Nepali people reached out to us, sharing stories, meals, shelter and kindness. Ultimately we took it as a sort of a karmic gift, passed down from our father and the impact that he had on those that he met along his many adventures.
This May, it seemed we'd been given an opportunity to return to Nepal. This time we were to trek into the very heart of our dad's world, through the Himalayas. We were going to stand at the base of the tallest mountain in the world, the very mountain to which our father gave his life. A film crew was set to document our journey to Everest Base Camp, and all expenses were going to be handled by a production company. In light of what appeared to be an incredible gift, we decided it was appropriate, necessary even, to find a way to give back.
We chose Classrooms in the Clouds, a non-profit started by Dawa Geljen Sherpa, a close friend of ours and our father's, who thankfully survived the avalanches at Base Camp when the quake hit. His organization has worked since 2007 to build schools and sponsor teachers in the Everest region of Nepal, where education is severely underfunded and undervalued. CitC has operated with a mission of creating opportunites and unlocking potential for the impoverished Sherpa people, a culture that has been beautifully shaped, and especially in recent years, tragically affected by the landscape that surrounds them. They are often overlooked for their strength and contributions to the climbing world, and beyond that, the Sherpas that we know are among the kindest, most genuine people that we have ever encountered.
This page was created April 17th, 8 days before a series of devasting earthquakes struck the Himalayan region, claiming the lives of over 7,000 people. 8 days before entire villages were flattened, and hundreds of thousands were left homeless and without access to food, water, and medical attention. 8 days before avalanches killed 19 people at Everest Base Camp, the final destination of our upcoming trek. Needless to say, things have changed drastically and tragically since this campaign's inception, so your support is now more appropriate and necessary than ever before.
Katie, being the brave, incredible badass that she is, kept her plane ticket (she had to buy it off of the documentary producers) and is currently working as a nurse under the World Health Organization to help the thousands in need of medical treatment on the ground in Nepal. I am committed to doing all that I can do here in the States to continue fundraising efforts and to spread awareness of our little campaign, because if ever there was one, this is an opportunity for each of us to make a meaningful difference in a desperate time of need - without having to travel and help hands-on in what has been described as a "war zone."
CitC is now working to aid earthquake victims in the affected Sherpa villages and will start repairing/rebuilding the many damaged schools in the region. Due to destruction of trails and roads, much of the region remains cut-off, so assistance has been difficult to send, and the full extent of damage, injuries, and deaths in many of the remote villages is unclear. Recovery from this disaster will take years, and will continue long after this story has faded from the headlines.
We have been so touched and overwhelmed by your generosity thus far. It is humbling and comforting to know that we share this world with so many great people. Because of the unfathomable scope of this tragedy, we encourage you to, if it feels right, continue to give and share this story with your friends. Life is short and unpredictable. Might as well do some good while we're here, eh?
Much love, hope and gratitude,
Andy and Katie Rose Fischer-Price
here is a link to the website if you want to learn more: http://www.classroomsintheclouds.org/
& here's Katie on the Seattle news talking about her trip: