Himalayan High Treks and Dharma Journeys based in San Francisco, Ca have facilitated hundreds of peoples' visits to the magical world of NEPAL. For over 25 years, our Nepali staff, all great human beings, have assisted us in more ways than you can imagine. People including brothers Amber Tamang and Karna Tamang (KB), Bhim Pakhrin, Sushma Tamang, Ang Furi Sherpa, Ambar "Saila" Tamang and many many others have been kind and remarkable caregivers to all of our travelers. They and their communities now need our help.
The April 25th Nepal earthquake and its aftershocks have damaged or completely destroyed entire villages, homes, schools, clinics, libraries. Everyone we know, their families, neighbors and the greater Nepali community need our love and support.
In addition to the immediate crisis in Nepal (lack of food, water, medical aid and shelter), the tourism industry has ground to a halt. This means that there is no income being generated in these communities.
We are fundraising to send the long-term support that's needed to help Nepalis rebuild their lives.
Our goal is $108,000. Himalayan High Treks and Dharma Journeys will manage the HHTnepalfund. We will take tremendous care when spending the money; we will make every possible effort to have each dollar be used for the most possible benefit. We already have $3000 pledged to this relief effort. You may contribute at www.gofundme.com/HHTnepalfund . Write checks to Himalayan High Treks and send to 241 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
We are relying on our staff in Nepal to tell us what their needs are, right now we don't have specifics due to the crisis, as we know more details we will update everyone.
What we do know is our assistance will focus on long-term needs such as rebuilding homes, schools, and libraries. It may also include direct assistance for urgent needs such as vacating children or providing temporary housing.
Please partner with us in our relief efforts and make a difference in the lives of those most affected by the 2015 Nepal earthquake... those living and working in this wondrous but devastated country.
Information arrives slowly from our staff throughout the region. We will update you with our news as it becomes available. For the moment, your prayers and thoughts are most important. If you can contribute to the HHTnepalfund, many lives will be touched by your generosity. Thank you for your many calls and messages of concern — please know that these messages of love and hope are being sent on to those who can really use this support and kindness.
April 27, 2015
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What We Know Now:
- Karna Tamang's (KB's) update from Everest Base Camp: 18 people have died and many have been injured. Base Camp was partly washed away by a huge avalanche from Mt. Pumori. He and three members of his team survived by taking shelter below a rock. Helicopters are coming in now and rescuing some of the injured climbers.
Video of Avalanche
- Ang Furi Sherpa is trekking in the Everest region. We know he and his group are okay as he called his wife in Kathmandu after the quake — but that is all we know right now. The airport at Lukla is now open and trekkers are slowly returning to Kathmandu. Many villages throughout the region are completely destroyed.
- Ambar "Saila" Tamang and his family are okay but their apartment was completely destroyed and they are trying to figure out where to go.
- Bhim Pakhrin and his family are reported OK and his home is intact. They have water and food for now. No one could reach him for about 36 hours after the quake, finally at 4 AM on Monday (Nepal time) he advised us online.
- Amber Tamang and family (parents, wife, daughter, cousins, siblings) are reported OK but are camped outside their home as they can't return inside. They have no water or electricity and had lost mobile phone coverage for about 24 hours.
- Kopan Monastery sustained great damage to their buildings, but no one was injured. They too are all camping outside without electricity but are using a generator to pump water as long as fuel is available.
- Langtang Village: Langtang Village has been buried by a series of avalanches, which have also cut off lower elevations from Kyanjin Gompa. A group of 28 is currently stranded there, including a baby with two broken legs. Some with life threatening injuries have been air–lifted out, but helicopter activity is directed mostly to Mount Everest area rescues. The Lama Hotel remains standing and people have gathered there and helicopters are slowly beginning rescue efforts. Some are stranded at the Ganesh View Hotel. No word yet on evacuation there.
Some words from our friends in Nepal:
From Amber Tamang:
"We spend the night praying, feeling one after another [shocks]. Thanks again for all of your support and concern...Thank you all ...."
"Last night was quite worse. Raining and continually felt earthquakes till 7am this morning.
We are safe and fine but had quite the time. But comparing many others we are ok. We still out in the open place and I need to find new place to stay. I am
not sure if we can take out our stuff from my flat. Situation still not stable. So probably today also we are staying out too.
We really appreciated your thoughts praying for us. Thank you so much. We really need your support and prayers...thank you Ambar and family"
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