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. 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. Thakur Raj Panday - General Secretary of Nepal Mountaineering Associatio; Australian Himalayan Foundation; Korean Alpine Club; Deepanjali Subba; Mekong Organisation for Mankind; Korean Alpine Federation; Weledel Geleerde; UAAA; Chinese Taipei Alpine Association; 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:
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