June 13, 2014

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) is deeply committed to working for the welfare of mountaineering expedition workers, their families and communities. Following the loss of the lives of 16 climbing Sherpas on Mt. Everest in the avalanche that occurred on 18 April 2014, the NMA has been working to provide support for the families directly affected by this tragedy and also create a long-term, sustainable way to assist Nepalese affected by all mountaineering incidents in the future.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) of the Government of Nepal has directly tasked the NMA with ensuring that the families of the climbing Sherpas who died on 18 April are provided adequate support; in particular, MoCTCA has requested that the NMA ensure the education of the children of these mountaineers continues without any interruption.

With the clear need for an official response system to provide support for all victims of mountaineering accidents in Nepal in mind, the NMA has established the Mountaineering Disaster Relief and Educational Support (MDRES) Fund, which received approval from the Social Welfare Council, Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Children, Government of Nepal on 23 July 2014 (2071-04-07) R.N. 0172 – 071/072.

The MDRES fund has already received generous support from Mr. Ken Noguchi - Chairman of SSASS (Seven Summit Action for Sustainable Society) and SSASS family, Seven Summits Foundation, Nepalese Nurses American Association and Non Residence Nepalese Association, Japan Mountain Guide Association, New Zealand High Commission; Dr. In-Jeoung Lee, the President of the Union of Asian Alpine Association (UAAA); Mr. Mr. Pierre Humbhet, President of Mountaineering Commission of UIAA; Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa - Chairman of Asian Trekking Pvt. Ltd, Ciwec Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal; Japanese national Mr. Tokinosuke Sugimoto; Honorary Nepalese Consul General of Slovenia, Mr. Aswin Shrestha; Mr. James &Mrs. Dorothy Corbin from the USA; and Mr. O. Joan Knowles. The Nepal Mountaineering Association has also contributed directly to the Fund.

Himalayan Trust Support's Scholarship for the Children of  Mount Everest Avalanche Victims on 18th April 2014

Himalayan Trust founded by late Sir Edmund Hillary has a long history in providing scholarships for thedeserving students from Solukhumbu district to pursue higher studies after schooling, financed by Himalayan Trust New Zealand, Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation Canada, American Himalayan Foundation, Hillary Foundation USA and Himalayan Trust UK and Benoit Chamoux Foundation.

The donors of the Himalayan Trust Nepal have raised funds after the Mt. Everest tragedy of April 2014 with long commitment to support the education of the children.

To ensure that every mountain expedition related victims’ children get opportunity of good education and to avoid duplication, the Nepal Mountaineering Association, under its framework has maintained profiles of each deserving children and requested the Himalayan Trust to support some of the children under its scholarships program.

The NMA would like to thank Himalayan Trust for supporting the children of deceased Sherpa mountaineering workers for many years in Solukhumbu District in Nepal.

Similarly, also NMA would like to thank "AAI-Sherpa Education Fund, USA" for supporting the children of the climbing Sherpas who loss their lives on Mt. Everest in the avalances that occurred on 18 April 2014

A 19-member committee has been formed under the convenership of Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa, President of NMA. The committee includes NMA members, Nepal Government representatives and associate members from related organizations:

  1. Convener : Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa – President of NMA
  2. Member:     Mr. Santbir Lama – 1st VP of NMA
  3. Member:     Mr. Deebas Bikram Shah – 2nd VP of NMA
  4. Member:     Mr. Thakur Raj Pande – General Secretary of NMA
  5. Member:     Mr. Rajendraman Shrestha – Secretary of NMA
  6. Member:     Mr. Tika Ram Gurung  – Treasurer of NMA
  7. Member:     Mr. Ram Prasad Sapkota – Chief of Mountaineering Section, MoCTCA, Gov. of Nepal
  8. Member:     Mr. Dr. Nima Namgyal Sherpa – Executive member of NMA
  9. Member:     Mr. Dawa Gelje Sherpa – Executive member of NMA
  10. Member:     Miss. Chhurim Sherpa – Executive member of NMA
  11. Member:     Mr. Pertemba Sherpa  – Renowned Mountaineer and IMM Advisor of NMA
  12. Member:     Mr. Ang JP Lama – Former Secretary of NMA
  13. Member:     Mr. Pasang Dawa Sherpa – Welfare Committee Member of NMA

Associate Members:

  1. President of Trekking Agents’ Association of Nepal, Mr. Ramesh Damala
  2. President of Expedition Association of Nepal, Mr. Damber Parajuli
  3. Director of Nepal Tourism Board,
  4. President of Himalayan Rescue Association, Mr. DB Koirala
  5. President of NNMGA
  6. President of NMIA

7. National Advisory Committee: Dr. Ganesh Gurung

8. International Advisory Committee: Mr. Ken Noguchi (Japan)

Currently the committee is working to investigate the best path forward and create sustainable systems for maintain and managing the MDRES Fund. This process includes consulting to find the best institutional strategy to manage the fund in an efficient, transparent and accountable way; reaching out to other organizations that have an interest in working with mountaineering victims to coordinate and ensure that there is minimal duplication of effort; consulting with experts on education and social welfare; working with the government to find sustainable systems of support for the MDRES fund; and establishing a long-term vision and plan for the NMA’s involvement in the welfare of all victims of mountaineering incidents. While the immediate focus is education and relief for the families of victims from Everest this, the MDRES Fund’s mission encompasses supporting Nepalis who are killed or injured in the course of working on any mountain within Nepal or abroad.

The committee members are establishing communication with each of the families of the mountaineers who died in the 18 April 2014 avalanche to consult about their individual needs and find the best way to support the school-aged children in continuing their education. For the time being, the families are being encouraged to have their children continue in the same schools for the academic year to minimize further disruption and psychological trauma. Over the course of this year, the NMA will work with families to assess their needs and plans for each child’s educational future and assess their other needs. For this fiscal year, the families will receive the following amounts per child as immediate relief:

Infants – Rs. 5000/month

Class 1 – Class 5: Rs. 5,000/month

Class 6 – Class 10: Rs. 7,000/month

Classes 10+2 – Bachelors level: Rs. 10,000/month

If you would like to support the MDRES fund to provide assistance to the children of the 16 victims of the April 2014 avalanche, and also support any future victims of mountaineering incidents, the account details are as follows:

Bank Name: Nabil Bank LTD
Address: Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal
Swift Code: NARBNPKA

Account Name: NMA-MDRES FUND
Account Number: 1501017500227

For any further inquiries about the MDRES fund, please contact NMA President and Convener of the MDRES Fund Management Committee Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa via

Email: president@nepalmountaineering.org 
            office@nepalmountaineering.org.

Details of the children of deceased mountaineers and their sponsors:

S NO

Name of the children

DOB

Name of the school/College

Grade

Name of the Everest  Victim 2014

  2014 Sponsored

1

 MS Pasang Chutin Sherpa

4/20/2014

 

Infant

Lhakpa Tenji Sherpa

Ken Noguchi,   Chairman, SSASS of Japan /

 NMA–MDRES Fund

2

Da Chhiri Sherpa

7/25/2010

Makalu Secondary School

Nursery

Pem Tenji Sherpa

Ken Noguchi,     Chairman SSASS of Japan /

NMA–MDRES Fund

3

Furli Sherpa

2/16/2012

 

Infant

Pem Tenji Sherpa

Ken Noguchi,

Chairman SSASS of Japan /

NMA– MDRES Fund

4

Urken Tshering Sherpa

11/26/2013

 

Infant

Tenjing Choter Sherpa

Ken Noguchi,

Chairman SSASS of Japan /

NMA– MDRES Fund

5

Dolma Tamang

5/16/2013

 

Infant

Ashman Tamang

Ken Noguchi,

Chairman SSASS of Japan /

NMA– MDRES Fund

6

Doma Khatri

6/21/1994

Man Mohan Memorial College

12 Completed

Dorjee Khatri

Ken Noguchi,

Chairman SSASS of Japan /

NMA– MDRES Fund

7

Fupu Lhamu Khatri

10/5/1996

NCCS College

12 Completed

Dorjee Khatri

Ken Noguchi,

Chairman SSASS of Japan /

NMA– MDRES Fund

8

MS Alisha Gurung

8/31/2009

Everest Bording School

UKG

Ash Bahadur Gurung

Ken Noguchi,

Chairman SSASS of Japan /

NMA– MDRES Fund

9

MAST Awin Gurung

7/18/2013

 

Infant

Ash Bahadur Gurung

Ken Noguchi,

Chairman SSASS of Japan /

NMA– MDRES Fund

10

Mingma Tenjing

8/2/2011

 

Infant

Pasang Karma Sherpa

Ken Noguchi, Chairman SSASS of Japan / NMA– MDRES Fund

11

 Nima Yangji Sherpa

8/15/2010

Khumjung S S

Nursery

Chhering Wangchu Sherpa

Ken Noguchi,

Chairman SSASS of Japan /

NMA– MDRES Fund

12

Nuru Wangchu

2010

Khumjung S S

Nursery

Then Dorjee Sherpa

Ken Noguchi,

Chairman SSASS of Japan /

NMA– MDRES Fund

13

 Ms Mingma Doma Sherpa

 

Namche Primery School

 

Dorjee Sherpa

AAI - Sherpa

Education Fund

14

Master Lhakpa Tshering Sherpa

 

Namche Primery School

 

Dorjee Sherpa

AAI - Sherpa

Education Fund

15

Miss Da Lhamu Sherpa

 

Namche Primery School

 

Dorjee Sherpa

AAI - Sherpa

Education Fund

16

Master Da Jangbu Sherpa

 

Namche Primery School

 

Dorjee Sherpa

AAI - Sherpa

Education Fund

17

Ms Nim Phuti Sherpa

2/25/1994

Mount Kailash

11

Ang Tshering Sherpa

AAI - Sherpa

Education Fund

18

Ms Lhakpa Yangjin Sherpa

2/24/1997

Mount Kailash

10

Ang Tshering Sherpa

AAI - Sherpa

Education Fund

19

Chhiring Dorje Khatri

4/2/2001

Oxford bording School

8

Dorjee Khatri

Himalayan Trust

20

Pasang Gyaljen Sherpa

7/22/1999

Bupsha LS School

6

Pasang Karma Sherpa

Himalayan Trust

21

Phur Nima Sherpa

5/30/2005

Bupsha LS School

3

Pasang Karma Sherpa

Himalayan Trust

22

 Miss Chechi Sherpa

8/24/1994

Kathmandu Unified  City Collage

12

Ang Kaji Sherpa

Himalayan Trust

23

Miss Phinjum Sherpa

4/21/1995

Kathmandu Unified  City Collage

12

Ang Kaji Sherpa

Himalayan Trust

24

Miss Sumi Sherpa

5/8/1999

Alpine Valley

8

Ang Kaji Sherpa

Himalayan Trust

25

 Master Ang Sumba  Sherpa

4/16/2004

Brikuti Secondery school

4

Ang Kaji Sherpa

BCF C/o Himalayan Trust

26

 Pemba Cheten Sherpa

9/29/2007

Khumbi ila Montesory Education

Nursery

Chhering Wangchu Sherpa

BCF C/o Himalayan Trust

27

Ang Nima Sherpa

10/2/2002

Brikuti Secondery school

5

Ang Kaji Sherpa

BCF C/o Himalayan Trust

 
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