Khumbu Valleys Earthquake Disaster Relief
Organized by: Michelle Vanparys-Whitby
EVENT DATE Apr 25, 2015
Nepal Earthquake 2015
Khumbu Valleys Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund
Broken and desperate, but alive! We’ve finally spoken to our long-time Sherpa friends in Namche Bazaar. Part of their house fell; they are out of rice. But they have each other, they are not injured and with help from all of us they can rise from the mud brick rubble to rebuild their homes: I have joined my father’s effort in asking my many friends who know our Sherpa friends and my extended social reach to join in a collection of funds to support OngChu and Phudoma Sherpa with enough funding that they can stay in Nepal this summer, rebuild their house and help to rebuild their devastated neighboring villages in the Khumbu Valleys above and below Namche Bazaar on the way to Mt. Everest where they live. Our Sherpa friends will give special help to the many Everest-related Sherpa family members who lost their homes or loved ones in the earthquake. Many were from Thame, Khunde and Khumjung, just three of the hardest hit in the Khumbu region.
This disaster relief money for these people living in a valley several days away on foot from the nearest road means so much to me and to my family. Many of you know my father attempted Everest in 1994. We stayed in village guest houses and ate in their teahouses. OngChu Sherpa was the head Sherpa Sirdar (expedition support staff organizer and leader). For the past 22 years my family has remained closely linked to the climbing community and to Nepal in particular having returned twice. OngChu and his wife Phudoma have come to stay summers and autumns with my family in Greenwich, CT for some 20 years in a row, to supplement the modest income he has earned in years past on Everest expeditions. Many of you might remember Phudoma’s delicious Momo dumplings! We would like to raise enough money for OngChu and Phudoma that they stay in Namche where they are most needed to help their own people restore their lives and rebuild their homes.
OngChu is one of the senior members of his village. Within the Khumbu region knows most of the Sherpa who might have been killed or badly injured in the Everest base camp tragedy. He knows their families back home in their now devastated villages. We would trust him to help those most in need, especially those he has worked alongside with in the climbing support community. OngChu is a hard worker, and experienced tradesman, and speaks good English. A man like OngChu can be especially useful communicating and assisting relief workers who will eventually arrive to help in the Khumbu.
We are trying to raise at least $20,000 from friends; any contribution amount will be much appreciated. $20,000 will go a long, long way toward village restoration in Nepal.
The money raised on and off this site will be transferred directly to OngChu, no middlemen, no overheads, but straight into the hands of a man deeply rooted in his community, a man we trust, a man desperately in need himself and who will assist others as well.
We can help!
Thank you sincerely for your donations.
Updates and photos will be posted.