One Sherpa Home

$12,000 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 37 months
The One Sherpa Home project seeks to rebuild one home destroyed in the earth quake of April 25, 2015. This home is in the village of Phortse, where most of the Mt Everest climbing Sherpas come from. It is a three room structure belonging to Mingma Chhring Sherpa and is home to his wife, two sons, two sisters, his mother, and another sherpa woman they have taken in. Our design reflects traditional homes built in the region while making small improvements in the daily lives of its inhabitants. 

The construction will consist of earth-filled rice sacks, local timbers, and metal roofing. This method provides enough flexibility to withstand the earth quakes common to the Himalayas while also offering remarkable heat retention, a must during the bitter winters at the 13,000 foot elevation where Phortse is located. As well, this is a very inexpensive means of construction that can be easily replicated. In the course of building this home we will hire local sherpas to help while they are also being trained in this method of construction. When the model is complete we will leave all tools behind so they can rebuild their own homes in the same fashion.

All One Sherpa Home personnel will work as unpaid volunteers, paying their own way to and from Nepal. Every dime of funds donated will go to the construction of this home.
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Hello again from Nepal! One Sherpa Home would like to thank everyone for their continued support! We are so grateful. Reaching our initial goal of $8,000 was a big push and by golly we did it! However, after reaching Phortse we realized that the conditions were worse than we predicted. The home experienced partial collapse on one side, leaving the structure vulnerable to total collapse with the continued earthquakes and aftershocks experienced almost daily in Nepal. On top of that, the home is situated just a few feet from a terrace which drops off well below the foundation, which is terrible siting for our future build. Construction materials and labor in the region have skyrocketed in cost due to high demand during this period of rebuilding, further complicating the process of securing what we need within budget. Thus, we have decided to make a second push to $12,000 so that we'll be able to do it the right way, the first time. We'll rebuild the high terrace behind the home, making that wall a part of the structure and moving the home way back from the precarious ledge it sits on. Raising our fundraising goal will allow us to be sure that we can purchase ALL the construction materials we need, and soon. Mingma and family need this home before winter, and we are determined to give it to them. Please reach out to family, friends, and like minded individuals who wish to see progress in this vulnerable region of the world. Thank you again for your continued support! #OneSherpaHome
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Thank you to the team at Fox News in Pheonix for this generous airtime. We have indeed reached our initial goal to rebuild Mingma's home. However, this money will not provide western amenities we take for granted such as a proper working toilet or reliable electricity. I encourage everyone who has helped us thus far to spread this link throughout their friends, family, and social network. Everyone should be very proud, together we are truly making a difference! Thank you! http://www.fox10phoenix.com/story/29280192/valley-man-raises-money-for-sherpas-displaced-by-earthquake
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To everyone interested and to those who have already provided generous support to the project, hello from the Himalayas! Although the scenery is beautiful, the homes here are in a bit of a crisis. I have been furiously studying, asking questions, and taking photos. I'm summarizing what I've learned about the vernacular construction in my initial field report due to be published in the coming week. It's a more exhaustive effort than I would have imagined, but with that said - there is huge potential to make a difference through the lessons taught onsite during the construction of Mingma's home. The Sherpa people are very excited about the small changes I'm proposing to their traditional way of building a home. They want to learn and are hungry for new ideas following the earthquake. With your help, Mingmas home will be a shining example for a brighter future!
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Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this effort to rebuild one Sherpa home. I am in awe of such generosity, and can hardly believe the project is starting as I sit in O'hare airport waiting to fly to Kathmandu. I will be posting updates on the blog as much as I can while investigating our site in Phortse! Cheers!
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Raised by 73 people in 37 months
Created May 19, 2015
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27 months ago
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Robin Moore
31 months ago

Donating on behalf of conscientious world travelers, Karen and Brian Bennett.

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31 months ago
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Noelle Hardt
33 months ago
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God speed to Nepal. We'll be thinking and praying for you and the rest of the One Sherpa Home team. Love, Noelle, Ty, Elias & Paige

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Joseph Kreger
33 months ago
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Nice to see the Community support for a worthy cause!

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