Nepal was struck by 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25th in 2015 followed by 7.3 magnitude tremor after two weeks taking lives of more than 9,000 people and turning the beautiful villages into rubbles within seconds.
The United Sherpa Association Inc. (The Sherpa Kyidug) immediately responded the massive earthquake. The association organized a prayer ceremony for the eternal peace of departed soul and to express deep condolences to the bereaved family members. On the same day the executive committee decided to form a 15 members temporary committee in order to carry out the Earthquake Relief Mission effectively. The committee was able to collect considerable amount of contribution within a short period of time. The major portion of the donation was spent on purchasing relief materials such as Zinc Metal Sheet, Tarpaulin, Food for the displaced families. The relief materials were distributed in coordination with the local NGO, Sherpa Sewa Kendra based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Sherpa Sewa Kendra had mobilized volunteers to transport and distribute the relief materials.
Details of Relief Materials Distribution in Nepal:
A. 722 Units of Zinc Metal Sheet (NRs. 4090130.00)
722 units of Zinc Metal Sheet were distributed to the families in the badly damaged villages in Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk districts.
-Thami Gaun, Sindhupalchowk
B. 3402 units of Tarpaulin (NRs. 5252250.00)
The Tarpaulin were distributed in more than 25 villages with the help of volunteers mobilized by Sherpa Sewa Kendra. The families of the earthquake victims in the following villages received the tarpaulin:
-Lhokhim & Sotang, Solukhumbu
-Khiji Phalate, Okhaldunga
-Staff & Volunteers
C. Zinc Transportation (NRs. 387373.00)
The Zinc Metal Sheets were transported to four different villages in Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk districts from Kathmandu.
D. Tarpaulin Transportation (NRs. 250000.00)
The Tarpaulin were transported to more than 25 different villages in Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Solukhumbu, Okhaldunga, and Bhojpur districts.
E. Volunteer Jacket and Bags (NRs. 91560.00)
Jackets were prepared for the volunteers and supporters in order to distribute the relief materials effectively in the most affected areas.
F. Food at the Camp (NRs. 300000.00)
A temporary camp was setup at Sallagari Kapan in Kathmandu for the displaced families. Food was provided for the people living in the camp for three days.
G. Religious Institutions and Organizations Supported (NRs. 2779485.35)
Following 18 Religious institutions and 2 Social organizations were supported for renovation and running their regular activities.
-Sherpa Sewa Kendra, Kathmandu, Nepal
-Thupten Chholing Monastery, Beni, Solukhumbu
-Thame Monastery, Namche, Solukhumbu
-Chyalsa Gumba, Salleri Solukhumbu
-Debuche Ani Gumba, Khumjung, Solukhumbu
-Thame Dolma Project, Namche, Solukhumbu
-Kerok Gumba, Namche, Solukhumbu
-Sangag Chholing Gumba, Kodari, Sindhupalchok
-Salleri Sherpa Gumba, Salleri, Solukhumbu
-Sherlo Monastery, Beni, Solukhumbu
-Himalayan Boudhha Aden Kendra, Beni Solukhumbu
-Thukje Chholing Suspa Monastery, Dolakha
-Takgon Shedrup Tharling Monastery, Taksindu, Solukhumbu
-Chiwang Monastery, Salleri, Solukhumbu
-Dechen Chholing Gomba, Dolakha
-Ugyen Chholing Monastery, Chyangmiteng, Solukhumbu
-Shree Selwa Jyangchup Chholing Monastery, Mali, Doalkha
-Pema Chholing Gomba Chaurikharka, Solukhumbu
-Drupngi Khading Ling Foundation, Boudha, Kathmandu
-Sherpa Online Radio, Kathmandu, Nepal
H. Prime Minister’s Relief Fund via the Consulate General of Nepal in NY ($5,111.00)
Since the damages by the massive earthquake is widespread, Nepal government is responsible for the reconstruction, renovation, and rehabilitation of displaced villagers. As the Nepal government has been requesting for funds to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for reconstruction after the relief efforts, the association decided to contribute $5111.00 to the fund.
Summary: Within a couple of months $138000.00 was collected for the Earthquake Relief Fund. Out of the total donations, NRs. 13150798.35 were spent for relief materials and renovation of religious and social organizations in Nepal. $5111.00 was handed over to the Consulate General of Nepal in NY for Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.
The United Sherpa Association Inc. (The Sherpa Kyidug) would like to thank all the donors, volunteers, and supporters for their contribution in this humanitarian relief work. The Association would like to thank all the Earthquake Relief Committee members for their valuable time and effort. This temporary committee was dissolved after the completion of Relief Material Distribution in Nepal.
Earthquake Relief Committee
– Dawa Jangbu Sherpa (Coordinator)
– Kalsang Choephel
– Chhongba Sherpa
– Ang Gyaljen Sherpa
– Urgen Sherpa
– Nuku Doma Sherpa
– Nima Diki Sherpa
– Gelmu Sherpa
– Phurnima Sherpa
– Jiku Lama
– Ang Jangbu Sherpa
– Lhakpa Tenji Sherpa
– Ngawang Sherpa
– Ang Phurwa Sherpa
– Sange Sherpa