May 05, 2014

Joint Press conference on Announcement of Donation & Establishing New Funds for the families of deceased and missing climbers in the avalanche on Everest 18 April 2014 at NMA Secretariat, 5 May 2014.

Nepal Mountaineering Association and Seven Summits Actions for Sustainable Society organized a joint press conference for the announcement of donation and establishment of new funds for the families of the deceased and missing mountaineers. The fund will be used for the management of education of the children of climbers died in the avalanche on Everest on April 18, 2014 and future incidents that may happen in any mountain of Nepal. The conference was chaired by Ang Tshering Sherpa, President, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and Santa Bir Lama, the First Vice President of NMA welcomed the participants to the conference.

Japanese Mountaineer, Ken Noguchi, president, Seven Summits Action for Sustainable Society (SSASS) was also present to announce the commitment for the donation of US$ 100,000: (One Hundred Thousand US Dollar) for supporting the education of the children of deceased climbing Sherpas, relief and rescue funds for such accidents and incidents that may occur in future.

Madhu Sudan Burlakoti, Joint Secretary and Chief of Tourism Industry Division, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation speaking on the occasion said that the April 18 tragedy has shocked us all. He termed the Sagarmatha incident as natural but we have to be alert and find ways to try be safe beforehand. He said that Ken Noguchi and other mountaineers who have returned from their expeditions are the best experts and they can identify the risks and the safety measures to be taken. The information can help the government take the necessary steps to make mountaineering safer and more reliable. He also informed that the government had entrusted NMA with the task of assisting the families of the deceased climbers and make arrangements for the education of their children. He also assured that the government would be ever ready to assist in this direction. On behalf of the government, he thanked Ken Noguchi for his financial assistance for the education of the children of the climbers who died. He also urged the media to be responsible when reporting as some negative reporting had been observed.


Yankila Sherpa, chief guest and Chief Advisor of NMA and Former State Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation said that the accident on Sagarmatha was heart-rending though it was natural, but on the whole Nepal’s tourism was safe. She said that the financial assistance and insurance amount must be made available to the families of the deceased climbers as soon as possible and conveniently. She also urged for a long-term strategy to deal in case of such incidents. She also appealed to the national and international media for positive coverage of the incident.

Ken Noguchi : President, Seven Summits Action for Sustainable Society (SSASS), also spoke on the occasion. He said that the in response to the “unprecedented tragedy, US Dollar One Hundred Thousand was being donated to the Nepal Mountaineering Association so that it can be utilized for the educational expenses of the children of the climbers who died in Everest. He also wanted the compensation system for the surviving family members of Sherpas who have suffered tragedies while climbing the Himalayas. In 2002, Ken Noguchi had founded the Sherpa Fund to support surviving children of Sherpas who had encountered accidents or tragedy while mountaineering in the Himalayas, in the form of educational support for tuition and boarding costs.

In the vote of thanks by President Ang Tshering Sherpa, Nepal Mountaineering Association, as the chairman of the meeting, he thanked those present including the family members of the climbers who died or are missing in the Sagarmatha avalanche on April 18, 2014. He also thanked Ken Noguchi for his initiation and interest to support the families of the deceased climbers and the generous donation of US Dollar One Hundred Thousand to support the education of the children of the deceased climbers, relief and rescue funds for such incidents that may occur in future. He also informed that NMA has already decided to create central basket fund, which will have fund donated from all around the world. Sherpa said the association will add a matching sum to the central basket fund. The main objective of creating this fund is to support the bereaved families of the climbers died during the course of fulfilling their duties.

 

 

 
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