Sherpa Family Fund

by American Himalayan Foundation
$108,080 Raised
total goal
monthly donors
A deadly avalanche on Mt. Everest recently claimed the lives of 16 Sherpas in the worst climbing accident in the mountain's history. In response, the American Himalayan Foundation has created the Sherpa Family Fund to support the families and educate the children left behind.


The April 18th avalanche struck as Sherpas were preparing a route through the treacherous Khumbu Icefall for the upcoming climbing season. This tragedy is a reminder that, while climbing Everest has become more popular over the last 60 years, Sherpas and their families continue to bear much of the risk involved.


Alongside the late great Sir Edmund Hillary, AHF has worked closely with the Sherpa community for over 30 years and we are deeply saddened by this news. 100% of what AHF receives forthe Sherpa Family Fund will go directly to help the families of the deceased.

Long-Term Impact

Families already devastated by the loss of a loved one must now face uncertain futures without their sole bread-winners, so it is the aim of the Sherpa Family Fund to mitigate some of the material hardship they will experience. And with our deep roots in the Sherpa community, we are committed for the long-term.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

AHF's announcement of the Sherpa Family Fund
New Yorker article with more details and history
More on AHF's work with the Sherpa community

Organization Information

American Himalayan Foundation

Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
Project Leader:
Sarah Bakker
San Francisco, CA United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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