MOMENT | Sherpa's Fund


You may have heard, especially if you are a big climber, about the massive avalanche that occurred on Mount Everest last week. Sixteen Nepalese sherpas were killed marking April 18, 2014 as the deadliest day on record for Mt. Everest. Sadly, the Sherpa community has suffered the brunt of lives lost on Everest and surrounding peaks in the Himalaya. It is a lucrative job (a Mount Everest guide typically earns about $125 per climb) that will continue as Nepali guides accept the risk to make a better income for their families, but this tragedy has illuminated how widows and families of the sherpas are left with just $400 from the government and rarely any further support. The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation has been an established force in the Sherpa community since 2003, trying to lower the causalities by teaching technical climbing and mountain rescue skills. The foundation is currently working with Sherpa's Fund, a group of ten professional photographers who have donated their photographs, and are allocating 100% of the profits to those effected by the tragedy. You can purchase photos ($100 each) of the Everest region and simultaneously provide relief to a community in crisis. The sale ends Wednesday (4/30) at midnight, learn more and find the complete collection of photos here.

8 comments:

Meg said...

Hey Lizzy, does the sale end on Wednesday or today (4/28)?

Thank you for posting this.

Lizzie said...

Sorry Wednesday 4/30! Fixed it.

Ammu said...

Thank you very much for highlighting this important issue. Another option is the Juniper Fund -http://www.thejuniperfund.org/
Been reporting non-stop on this tragic story - so devastating.

Unknown said...

Hi Lizzy, thank you for your support to this cause! It is really very nice of you to bring awareness to this.

Whitney said...

Thank you for sharing this excellent way to support those affected by the tragedy. _whitney (just returned, myself, from Everest Base Camp)

Kenda said...

Thank you for sharing this! I've enjoyed your blog for a while now, but you've earned a whole new level of appreciation. Thanks again!

Lauren said...

This is why I love your site. Always learning something worth knowing. Thank you for sharing such an important message with us.

karen said...

Isn't it weird that 125 USD per climb are considered a fair and lucrative salary for a Sherpa per climb,esp. considering all the (potentially fatal)dangers involved. The commercial clients easily dish out 60.000 USD per climb btw. Neo-colonialism at its best!