While there has been devastation in the Kathmandu Valley and large aid organizations have appeared to help, many of the remote villages have been hit hard. There, people including many elders live in the hardship of high altitude, colder temperatures, shorter growing seasons and days of walking over dangerous damaged trails to attain food supplies or medical aid. They are living in fear of more tremors as the aftershocks continue and many are sleeping outside in winter conditions.
The ALCF has been in Nepal since 2002. We established the Khumbu Climbing Center in Phortse, Khumbu where we've educated over 1,000 indigenous Sherpa and Nepali with vital technical mountaineering skills. They have been trained in emergency first aid and are on the ground in their communities helping to assess damage and attending to injured. Our Magic Yeti Libraries in 7 villages are a conduit to the people where need can be assessed and aid can be dispensed. Our infrastructure is in place.
ALCF has been aware of the danger of earthquake is working on a earthquake safe building in Phortse to house the KCC and a community center. We will help people to rebuild with earthquake safety in mind. We have already been working with local stone masons and builders. Our ALCF staff and students are embedded in these mountain communities. Many high villages are only accessed by trail and we are already familiar with transporting goods by porter, yak and donkey as well as plane and helicopter.