Sherpa Family Fund

$108,080 $0
Raised Remaining


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.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

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.

How will this project solve this problem?

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.

Potential 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.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $108,080

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $108,080 .  The original project funding goal was $99,999.

Additional Documentation

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


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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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Project Leader

Sarah Bakker

San Francisco, CA United States

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