Nepal is the fifth poorest country in the world, and it has one of the highest illiteracy rates. It is a nation comprised mostly of smaller rural villages and whose livelihood once depended upon trade with their Tibetan neighbors. In the late 50’s and 60’s, however, China invaded Tibet and cut off trade between the Sherpas of Nepal and the Tibetans.
To make a living today, the Sherpas of Nepal rely on their country’s burgeoning tourism industry by providing services to travelers on expeditions to Mount Everest and other peaks.
The greatest obstacle facing the Sherpas is their inability to communicate. Many cannot speak, read or write in the nation’s common language: Nepali. The hardest hit are the older citizens of Nepal. Because their government cannot afford to help its people, we are appealing for help from socially conscious donors with the hope of solving this problem… one village at a time.