April 25th marks one year since the devastating earthquakes in Nepal. The Apa Sherpa Foundation will be in the Himalayas this April to continue their work that they began a year ago, and to expound on their primary focus which has always been education. Their main objectives for this trip will be to select more teachers to sponsor, visit the remote schools to assess the needs of each building, and meet with a local non-profit organization in Thame; Apa Sherpa’s home village. During their trip, they will also be distributing backpacks and hygiene kits to children of Nepal; the backpacks were generously donated by Thule of Sweden.
The Apa Sherpa Foundation is working closely with the Thame Sherpa Heritage Fund and other organizations to finalize the building plans needed for the Thame School. Originally, there were a total of five individual buildings on the Thame school grounds. Due to the recent devastation of the earthquakes, all of them will need rebuilding. However, the remote location of Thame causes difficulty in the rebuilding process. All of the supplies must either be transported by helicopter, or carried up to the village by porters.
I awoke to the news of the earthquake today. My heart went to my friends I left in Namche a week ago; Tsedam, the owner of the Zamling tea house, mountain equipment store and The Home Away From Home school for children.