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The Himalayan Project
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About The Himalayan Project
Ten year old Dolma Sherpa's climb up the mountain each day for school is the easy part. Being the first in her family to read and write is a bigger challenge and her dream of graduating from high school dwarfs even Mt. Everest as a goal. Her days begin with an avalanche of farm chores ranging from hauling 5 gallon water containers from the roaring river 500 feet below her family farm to foraging in the nearby jungle for a basket of firewood that will be used for the daily cooking. After completing her labors, Dolma then dresses in her school uniform, gathers her school books and sets off for a 2-3 hour trek to school in Chaurikharka in the Mt Everest region of Nepal. Sixty three years ago, Sir Edmund Hillary built this school to honor his successful ascent of Mt Everest with his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay and in so doing established one of the only schools in the Everest region. It was meant to originally service 30 village children and over the years grew to 400 students walking many hours each way for the privilege of an education which is NOT a birthright in Nepal. In April and May of 2015, two earthquakes of almost 8.0 magnitudes devastated Nepal, killing 9000 people and leaving millions homeless. The school in Chaurikharka was 95% destroyed, leaving the community to cobble together makeshift classrooms from the refuse of corrugated roofing material left behind. Please help The Himalayan Project support an energetic, educated group of ardent Sherpas in their rebuilding of this school in Chaurikharka. A master plan has been created by the generous expertise of trained engineers, incorporating the use of earthquake building techniques and materials. Education is empowerment, education is nurturing in the face of neglect, education is an exploration and a yearning for knowledge and in this case sharing a common desire to preserve an ancient culture where students can engage in real life issues and learn to question, think critically and find solutions to enhance life in these mountain villages of the high Himalaya. At the same time emphasis is placed on creating an atmosphere where Sherpa heritage is known and valued, where the environment is honored and where teachers understand that each student has a vast and unique potential.
The Himalayan Project, c/o Marion Institute 202 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738
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