The Himalayan Outreach Project is working with community contacts on the ground to identify target villages and project sites. Our first projects involved rebuilding houses and the primary school above Lukla near Ghat, a small town off the main Everest trail. Our long-term projects include Phaplu village in the Solu Khumbu District – one of our contacts is currently working there assisting in our projects. In 2018 the Himalayan Outreach Project provided funding to thirteen school children, and the restoration of classrooms in the village of Phaplu.
We seek to help our Nepali friends and their communities in the mountainous regions of Nepal that were severely impacted by the 7.8 earthquake. Many aid agencies and major charities are on the scene now doing important work. The Himalayan Outreach Project seeks to fill in the gaps by aiding those affected in these harder-to-reach areas who have been essential to the existence of the mountain guiding industry. Our focus is especially on the longer-term recovery period. We have been connected to many of these communities for nearly twenty years since we began providing local jobs and opportunities through guided trekking and climbing in the Himalaya. These small rural mountain communities need our help to rebuild schools and village infrastructure, and to ensure that educational opportunities can resume for school age children.
Your interest in helping is greatly appreciated, whether by donating funds or giving your time in a future trek that would involve time spent on rebuilding projects. If you would like to be kept in the know about such an opportunity, please follow our Facebook account or this webpage for updates.
Himalayan Outreach Project November 2015
Posted on: October 17th, 2015
Nepal Earthquake On November 1, Mountain Gurus Director Dennis Broadwell will be traveling to Nepal to distribute funds he’s collected through his aid organization, the Himalayan Outreach Project. He’ll be coordinating these funds with Kili Sherpa and the local school boards of the lower Khumbu region of Nepal.
“It’s been six months since the Gorkha earthquake hit Nepal, and the families and communities there need our help now more than ever,” said Dennis. “It wasn’t until I left Everest Base Camp that I understood the full extent of the damages. Now that we’ve been raising funds through the Himalayan Outreach Project for half a year, it’s time to return to these Nepali communities and do everything we can to help.”
Kili was born and raised in the Chaurikharka village and went to one of the same schools that he and Dennis will visit, along with schools near Phakding.
Kili is able to donate his own funds to the project with his successful business career in Nepali tourism through treks and expeditions, even though this industry was deeply impacted from the Gorkha earthquake earlier this year.
An incredible number of Nepali families rely on the country’s tourism economy, which took a hit after the April 2015 earthquake devastated many of the small villages that usually see hundreds of trekkers and climbers come throughout the Spring and Fall seasons. The lack of visitors and tourists in the area means that employees of the tourism industry must find other resources to support their families.
Aside from providing funds that will assist in repairing schools in the lower Khumbu, Dennis and Kili plan to help families with small scholarships that will allow their children to continue attending school while the economy rebounds.
Another way that Mountain Gurus is aiding in this relief effort is by using your donations towards in-home boarding for children who live too far away from their schools to walk each day. Sherpa families pay around 100 rupees or $1 USD per day to have their children spend Monday-Friday within a short, safe commute to better their education.
It’s not too late to help! Learn more about the Himalayan Outreach Project by visiting our homepage and seeing how your donations will make an impact.