Sherpa Adventure Gear Helps Fund Education of Sherpa Children Who Lost Parents in Everest Avalanche

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Donations in May to Paldorje Education Fund - Children of Everest will be earmarked for childrens’ schooling

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KENT, WASHINGTON, USA and KATHMANDU, NEPAL—May 6, 2014—In response to the loss of 16 Sherpa men to the avalanche on Mount Everest, Sherpa Adventure Gear—through its Paldorje Education Fund—is directing donations to the education of children who lost their fathers in the tragedy. All donations received by May 31, 2014 will be dedicated to the schooling of the ‘children of Everest.’

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to:

Paldorje Education Fund – Children of Everest
c/o Sherpa Adventure Gear
7857 South 180th Street
Kent, Washington 98032 USA

Sherpa Adventure Gear CEO Tashi Sherpa, who was in Nepal at the time of the devastating avalanche said, “Approximately 26 children have been left behind by the unsung heroes who died on April 18th. The outpouring of emotions coming to us from around the globe strengthens our purpose to help future generations. People have asked us how to help. We can help by supporting the children of stricken families who lost a father and now have no other means to pay for school.”

In addition to donations, Sherpa Adventure Gear is setting aside 10% of May sales at its Kathmandu, Nepal retail store towards this cause. Sales in May from Sherpa Adventure Gear’s products at Alpine Ascents International’s gear shop in Seattle, Washington will also benefit the program.

Education is expensive in Nepal and schooling is financially out of reach for most families. According to Tashi Sherpa, costs range from $400 a year for a school in the remote Khumbu villages near Everest and up to $2600 a year for a boarding school that offers the best education possible in Nepal.

Sherpa Adventure Gear, since it was founded in 2003, has always dedicated a portion of every sale for the education of Sherpa children and raises additional funds through special events.

In May 2012, the company furthered its commitment to its cause by creating an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization called the Paldorje Education Fund. Today, approximately 30 deserving children benefit from the hope and promise of an education from primary school through secondary school, and for some, through college. Recipients include Sherpa children from the Everest region, as well as the sons and daughters of committed employees of Sherpa Adventure Gear who have contributed to the company’s success. The charitable organization is named after Tashi Sherpa’s family clan name.

About the Paldorje Education Fund
The Paldorje Education Fund is an IRS 501(c) (3) organization #17053327357011. Its mission statement reads: “The Paldorje Education Fund provides much-needed head start scholarships to less fortunate Sherpa children. We are supported by Sherpa Adventure Gear and the welcome kindness of friends. In Nepal, where many children grow up in remote mountain villages deprived of basic education, it is our mission to help those in the next generation find their way to a brighter future. By doing this, we honor the dreams of our elders to make a better world.”

About Sherpa Adventure Gear
In the highest reaches of the Himalayas, the Sherpa people lead the world in mountaineering with warmth, grace and good humour. Tashi Sherpa—upon discovering that his uncle assisted Sir Edmund Hilary’s celebrated 1953 expedition to the summit of Everest—founded Sherpa Adventure Gear in 2003 to honour his people by creating the best quality outdoor apparel made in Nepal. The company employs hundreds in Kathmandu and Nepal at its headquarters, stores and manufacturing operations. Marketing and North American sales and distribution is based in Kent, Washington. A portion of every sale benefits the education of Sherpa children through the Paldorje Education Fund, an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable arm the company established in May 2012. For more information, visit www.sherpaadventuregear.com.

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