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.

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


Pemba Sherpa