UPDATED Dec 16, 2018
You did it!
All $277,000 has been raised!
We are 100% of the way toward our reconstruction goals. Here is a recap of our progress to date:
Goal #1: $20,000
Caring for the children left behind after the 2015 earthquake
Thanks to a single generous and quickly bestowed grant from the Bradbury Charitable Fund (Daniel M. Bradbury & Annette Bradbury of La Jolla, California), our goal was reached on January 4, 2016.
These funds did three things:
- They enabled Dawa to convert his home into a temporary learning facility so students could continue the past academic year without interruption. He also turned his mother’s home into a temporary boarding facility to feed, house and care for the children. The results for those children have been not only a recovery from the trauma of the earthquake (and for many, the loss of their parents) but also hope and real enthusiasm for their futures.
- With the children cared for, Dawa was able to turn all of his attention and efforts toward raising funds and to the reconstruction of the school.
- The funds will continue to sustain these children through April of 2017, when the rebuilt earthquake-resistant school is scheduled to open.
Goal #2: $277,000
Thanks to the efforts of over 23 dedicated volunteers, companies, and organizations in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, and a matching grant of $130,000 from International Relief Teams, we have been able to raise 100% of the reconstruction costs needed to rebuild (and expand) the school facilities.
The first phase, construction of six new earthquake-resistant classrooms, was completed in September of 2016.
Thanks to the six new classrooms, HEBS is now supporting 55 children in a real classroom, (up from the 22 Dawa was able to educate by converting his house into a temporary classroom).
Dawa and the HEBS team in Nepal are already underway with planning for construction of the final building after the Himalayan winter. It is estimated to take 6-9 months before the children on the standby list can enroll.
How you got us to the end
Almost all of the needed construction supplies for the last portion have already been purchased and flown in by helicopter, and are sitting under tarps ready for the remaining funds to be raised.
HEBS Construction Material Under Tarps
We worked for months but couldn’t get past that 80% mark, until IRT and 3 families came along.
The end of this project was made possible by:
1. IRT decided to give a second “matching funds” grant as we were so close to the end. They matched each donation dollar for dollar (up to $30,000), so we needed to raise only $30,000 to finish the project and begin construction!
2. Three families gave $10,000 each to raise the remaining $30,000. Without naming names, the kids are all grateful to the donor of that final $10,000 holding up construction.
Thank You for Your Support!
Our progress so far has been made possible because of the help of hundreds of donors, including many of you reading this. We are especially grateful for the tireless work of these unique supporters:
- Dan and Annette Bradbury.
- IRT (International Relief Teams).
- The widow, children, and fans of the late Scott Fischer, to whom the rebuilt school is dedicated. Read more about Scott here.
- Mark Gunlogson of Mountain Madness.
- Peter Goldman and Martha Kongsgaard-Goldman.
- The great American mountaineer and author Ed Viesturs, who has given his time to speak at many of our fundraising events.
- Our corporate partners.
- Isabelle Wasserman. When we thought that raising this amount of money would be impossible and we were about to give up our efforts, it was Isabelle who encouraged us with suggestions, ideas and hope. She set the wheels in motion for the kind of fundraising events that have been held thus far.
- Kathy Bowdish PhD and Sanofi Corporation
- Mr. Peter Lemon.
- You! Whether you have made a donation or not, each one of you who takes the time to read this website and share news about our progress on social media has helped connect us to other resources to make our dream of a secure, continuing education for the children in the Everest region of Nepal a reality. Thank you!