It is with the teachers that lies the hope of change. The Apa Sherpa Foundation is dedicated to providing an opportunity of education to the children of the world. What better place to start this than in Apa Sherpa’s home village of Thame. One of the ways that the foundation contributes, is through supporting the teacher’s salaries. Because of your generous donations, we are now able to fully support three teachers in the Thame School. We are working towards extending this support to other teachers as well.
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 am writing a quick update from Kathmandu (5/12) now that Apa and I are out of the Khumbu mountain region. We left Thame the evening of May 8th on a helicopter that was dropping off rice and supplies in Thame. After a quick stop in Namche, to pick up and injured Nepali woman, we landed in Lukla and spent the night at the Paradise Lodge. Apa is good friends with the owner so we were treated very well. The next morning we luckily caught the 3rd flight out of Lukla to Kathmandu.