18 March 2017
A big thank you to the team at Survive Rock, Water, Air for organising an evening in Lyttelton – “Stories Without Borders”. We heard from 7 inspirational Doctors, stories that challenged our concept of adventure !!! It was a great night and the Forgotten Sherpas of Nepal Trust are grateful for the support and encouragement for the work that we do in Nepal.
10 March 2017
We have Official Status in Nepal – Our trust is pleased to announce that we are now formally recognised by the Nepal Social Welfare Council ( the Government Department responsible for the supervision of all NGOs and INGOs in Nepal ) in conjunction with the Okhaldhunga Nine Hills Association and our project is also registered with the Okhaldhunga District Headquarters. This formally recognises the Trust’s work in Nepal and will give us more opportunities to provide long term project assistance working with the Nine Hills Association.
Sponsorship – Jill Worrall – The Trust is pleased to officially welcome our latest sponsor Jill Worrall. Jill lives in Timaru, New Zealand and is an international tour operator and manager (Jill Worrall Tours) with a special interest in development projects. We are very grateful for Jill’s support.
7 March 2017 Clean Burning Stoves and Chimneys Project. Our Trust has been busy working on arrangements for the next exciting project in Nepal. The April departure date is getting close for a team of intrepid adventurers who are going to Nepal assisting the Sherpas to install clean burning stoves and chimneys in Damar and surrounding villages. The stoves are currently being built and assembled in Nepal and will travel with the team to the villages. In consultation with our Nepalese friends, the stoves are designed to meet the locals needs by providing a robust cooking platform and heating requirements. Villagers are soon going to be able to say goodbye to smokey houses.
30 April Photos of damage to Dhikure School and nearby houses
28 APRIL 2015 CATASTROPHIC EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL NAMASTE . I have just received word from Ngima, One death from one of our villages in Nalidanda. A villager working with a trekking group in the mountains. Although communication is currently difficult in the remote areas we are working in Ngima has managed intermittent communication. To date it for sure sounds like most houses are damaged with cracks throughout, and a large number destroyed. Villagers are building bamboo shelters, usually built to house their animals. Many are fearful of going back into their unstable houses due to after-shocks. Our trust is working to raise funds to enable villagers to re-build prior to the monsoon season which is fast approaching in the next few weeks, apparently earlier than usual. Dhikure school has received big damage. One of our health clinics in Damar has been re-located to another house with less damage. Om mane padre hum. Marg stocker 27 APRIL EARTHQUAKE UPDATE As Nepal crumbles further with aftershocks, it saddens me to see on the news the absolute shambles and destruction these people are dealing with. Having a love of the people and country and with our project work over 5yrs and several trips to Nepal our Sherpas of Nepal Trust’s concern is for the remote area we are working in. Being so remote I believe direct aid will not be filtered through to these areas. Having word from Ngima our guide there has been no loss of life, thankGod,that he is aware of but the solar lighting systems are damaged and there is concern about water scheme integrity . Dhikure School has sustained substantial damage too. If you would like to make donations to our Trust’s fund your donations would begin the re-build for our villagers life. Life is challenging enough in these remote areas with no roads, two days walk from the nearest town and infrastructure almost non-existent. Click “become involved” for bank details to donate or contact any of the trustees .Your support is greatly appreciated. October – November 2014 Marg Stocker and Colleen Winnington returned to Damar. Our goal was to review the Dali Memorial Health Service, to meet the team of nurses and review how the service is accepted and operating. We visited each of the villages from which the clinics operate, holding meetings with village people . Each village formed a committee to support the nursing team and giving ownership of the service to the people to help ensure its long term viability and sustainability. The people are very grateful to be able to access health care locally and at a cost they can afford. While in Nepal we met with Dr Mingmar Sherpa who, under the umbrella of Himalayan Health and Education Solu Khumbu (HHESS), oversees our health service. We also checked on how our solar systems and water schemes are operating. All are functioning well and we identified more homes that desperately need lighting and/or clean burning cooking facilities. It was truly rewarding to see how our projects are improving the health and well-being of these Sherpa people who live in such a remote area where the tasks of everyday living can be very arduous.
January 24th 2014
NGIMA SHERPA´s ELDEST SISTER DALI DIED just after giving birth to her 6th child – a baby boy, on Monday night, 21st January in the village of Damar.
I must share a sad story on behalf my dear friend Ngima Sherpa, native of Damar, who lost his eldest sister Dali – she was just 41, just shortly after giving a birth to her 6th child… Dali gave birth in A local “Bethlehem”, in a very modest house of middle-aged conditions, being assisted by her relatives and friends… the baby-boy was safely brought into this world and the mother had just a very short time to enjoy him… shortly after, she claimed a strong pain in her chest and within few minutes died…
Dali (centre) with her Mum and brother Ngima Sherpa
Remote villages of Nepal cannot provide any proper medical assistance, poor region has no chance to help to save the lives… In our spoilt culture full of waste and surpluses we are all mourning about our “poor politics, poor salaries, bad jobs and all kinds of unsatisfied policies…” LOOK OVER THERE !!! The only policy in life is caring family and children – new generation of possible suppliers of a better life for the rest of all the clan. Dali died, and for sure she will get into a kind of Buddhist heaven. Everybody, who got in touch with the life of remote people and even shortly shared their lives on the hills and during their forced labour migration in our “civilized” world, would agree, that the respect, honesty and sharing-caring of these people greatly exceeds our individualistic closed and limited worlds of so – called modern “values”. If it was well taken care of Dali, she would be probably happily nursing her child now… Tomorrow, she will be burnt on the hill above Damar… God bless you, Dali ! With the sincere sorrow, Lucia Benická – Slovakia “Pujah for my sister Dali will take place in her village next week. All family will be there… Ngima”