HEBS FAQ

HEBS Partners

  • Cloud Forest Institute (USA) – US fiscal sponsor for HEBS
  • International Relief Teams (USA) – INGO that has responded to disasters and/or conducted programs in more than 60 countries including the US, Central and South America, Eastern Europe, Asia, the South Pacific and Africa since 1996. Charity Navigator has awarded IRT with its highest rating of Four Stars for the 11th consecutive year. Only 1% of all rated agencies have achieved this distinction. This rating is based on financial performance, accountability and transparency.
  • The Bradbury Charitable Fund (USA) – Foundation started by Daniel and Annette Bradbury
  • Mountain Madness (USA) – Founded by Scott Fischer in 1984
  • Classrooms in the Clouds (UK) – Charity, co-founded by Dawa Sherpa, with a long track record of building schools in remote areas of Nepal
  • Hilton Seattle (USA) – Hotel that hosted the Seattle HEBS fundraiser
  • The Long Now Foundation (USA) – NGO that hosted the San Francisco HEBS fundraiser
  • The family of Scott Fischer (USA)

 

Development Teams

  • San Francisco: Beau Takahara, Ari Salomon, Marnie Burke de Guzman
  • San Diego: The Wassermann Family, Toni Davies, PHD
  • Seattle: The family of Scott Fisher (portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal in the new
    film Everest), The Goldman Family, Mark Gunlogson (CEO of Mountain Madness)

 

Budget and Schedule

  • Approx. $370,000 USD. ($277,000 is direct construction costs)
  • Construction Start Date: May 1st, 2016

 

What Dawa has already accomplished on this project

  • Obtained the authorization/permit from the government of Nepal to build the initial school (4 months).
  • Secured the land.
  • Built the [now destroyed] boarding school building (1 year in the making). The school’s immediate success proves the need is real, the locals prioritize it, and the solution works for stemming the tide of language and cultural extinction.
  • Put in a playground (it was not an easy feat to fly things like modern playground equipment to such a remote place).
  • Operated the school for a month before the earthquake.
  • Hired and arranged for the salaries of over 3 teachers.
  • Enrolled over 95 students within the first few days.
  • Hired famous Nepali construction engineer, Dr. Durga Bahadur Serestha, Ph.D, to create detailed cost estimates and blueprints for the school reconstruction.

 

Dawa’s Track Record

  • Built 28 classrooms at 4 different schools (3 of which he managed the building, or rebuild, of).
  • Built a computer lab, 2 libraries, and helped sponsor over 7 teachers.
  • Built the original [now destroyed] HEBS School in Lukla almost without any western help.
  • After the earthquake, he became a one-man army and personally delivered relief supplies and built temporary learning shelters (out of tarps), so the kids of the Solukhumbu region could continue to learn during the monsoon that followed. This and many other accomplishments were done independently from his charity.
  • After the earthquake, he helped many other aid organizations get supplies into Nepal and from the Kathmandu airport to remote villages.

 

What problems does this project solve?

  • This project is about more than just rebuilding one school. For the Sherpa people, it is about saving their culture and language (the Sherpa language is now listed in the “Catalogue of Endangered Languages” maintained by the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and The Institute for Language Information at Eastern Michigan University).
  • This school is a model project not only for Nepal, but for developing nations with ethnic groups whose language and customs are also a generation away from extinction.
  • The Dalai Lama has worked tirelessly to preserve the language and customs of the people of western Tibet. We can do the same for the people that come from eastern Tibet, the people of the Everest region of Nepal.

 

Goals of the HEBS Rebuilding Project

  • To rebuild a self-funding, expanded school out of the rubble of the fallen school.
  • To designate the school as Nepal’s first non-profit, private, English-based, community run, rural school designed to stop the problem of language and cultural extinction of the peoples of the Himalayan region of Nepal.
  • To make it accessible to all Nepali children, if they can pay tuition or not.
  • To be a model for stopping cultural extinction for indigenous people everywhere.
  • To feed, house, and educate the currently enrolled children. Most of the children that stayed (after the earthquake) have no houses to return to. They are now being fed, housed, and educated by Dawa and his teachers. They are currently housed and fed at Dawa’s house (and his mother’s house) in Lukla, and are being taught at a temporary learning shelter. Dawa was able to prevent the earthquake from putting an end to their school year.
  • To enable the children that fled home after the earthquake to return to school.
  • To expand the number of classrooms in the rebuilt school building to handle over 300 students.
  • To provide an education for the nursery and preschool children of Lukla. The government school in Lukla was forced to discontinue educating these children because of overcapacity issues.