By selecting Sherpa Travel as your service provider, you will receive a truly authentic experience from dedicated staff who will serve you and enrich your appreciation of the culture, while you contribute to their livelihood for their families and their villages. Additionally, with the donations received to support our partner non-profit group, Friends of Himalayan Sherpa People, your support will improve the quality of life for people in remote, poor rural villages through projects focusing on education, health care, and protecting the surrounding natural and cultural resources.
Your contribution comes from the fees for services that you pay. With every trip, there is the optional charitable donation to the 501c3 Friends of Himalayan Sherpa People non-profit organization that you select to make from the total cost of the trip. The cost remains the same whether you donate or not. The Sherpa Travel company supports these efforts to grow support from our work.
There is no expectation of any further contribution. After your experience, if you wish, you can choose to contribute to the non-profit organization founded by previous trekkers on Wangdowa’s trip to his village along with Wangdowa. Wangdowa serves as the liaison between the 501c3 nonprofit Friends of Himalayan Sherpa People for implementing on the ground projects. He is the current President and board member. All board members are volunteers.
The shared vision of Sherpa Travel, Inc. and Friends of Himalayan Sherpa People, Inc. 501c3 is that by relieving the hardships of poverty, the Nepali people of the Himalayan mountain villages will be empowered to conserve the richness of their culture and their sustainable agricultural skills and heighten stewardship of the surrounding natural ecosystems and biodiversity. Our trips help alleviate poverty for Nepalese by providing earned income to local village people. Our efforts also help to build programs that contribute to our goal to provide sustainable support through the benefits of ecotourism and education.
How This Happens:
By employing village people as porters, guides, and cooks with a combination of experience and commitment, we will build additional skills through our inhouse training. These efforts bring income to the villages and contributes to efforts of helping cash-poor parents pay tuition for their children to go to school. Our trips hire local village people and provide vocational education for guides, cooks and porters.
Through donations and service projects multiple education and health care projects have been started that for school, students, and health improvements in the remote villages in the Nepal Himalaya that are empowering and giving hope to hundreds of people.
List of projects accomplished and in progress by Friends of Himalayan Sherpa People, a 501c3 non-profit organization and with other partners
- Raised funds and helped built a five-classroom school building in Phapre Village. We are currently fundraising to continue sustainable support for two teachers.
- Improved health by fundraising for and then replacing open fire hearth for heating and cooking with stoves that vent smoke out and delivered to 150 families,
- Raised funds for Earthquake Relief from April 25, 2015 earthquake by:
- Providing $100 donation to the most needy families of 16 victims of Langtang avalanche,
- Provided 56 families in Phapre with two tarpaulins each (15’ x 18’) to build shelters after the earthquake,
- Raised funds and supported 42 families with $250 per family in Phapre, Tsermading, Khundurke, Dorkharka and Taur villages with rebuilding their homes,
- Raised funds and provided 75 students at Phapre school with uniforms and winter jackets.
Our current projects are:
- Fund raising to fund student uniforms that include shirts, pants, skirts, shoes and winter fleece jackets,
- Supporting school teachers’ salary and skill development,
- Providing school supplies,
- Searching for sponsors to help rebuild Phapre school toilet building that was damaged by the April 15, 2015 earthquake,
- Need help with school playground construction and hot shower facility,
- More outside venting wood stoves for 100 more families in need.
Future program development will focus on:
- Educating village people for self-help for basic first aid training, hygiene, and health education.
- Developing skills for village women on mid-wife training to reduce mother and infant mortality.
- Providing villagers sustainable farming education for improved nutrition to insure their self-reliance.
- Developing reforestation projects in impacted areas.
- Providing vocational training for women to generate extra income.
How you can Help:
Tax Deductible Donation to a non-profit charitable organization:
Sherpa Travel trip participants are requested to make a $250 tax deductible donation to Friends of Himalayan Sherpa People, a 501C3 non-profit organization. This donation should be made from the trip cost and then the balance becomes the actual trip price. If you choose not to make the $250 donation, there is not a discount in the trip cost. Our hope is that with these easy to do donation, you will become invested with the success of the efforts and become a long-term Friend with sustained support.
Your contributions to Friends of Himalayan Sherpa People, a 501c3 non-profit organization, empowers hope to the people and funds projects in progress and future dreams.