“The true beauty of Nepal isn’t in the mountains, but the people who live in their shadow” — Apa Sherpa

On this edition of Saturday’s Around the World, we’re headed to Nepal to meet someone who has climbed Mount Everest 21 times. While this is an amazing feat on its own, what Apa Sherpa is doing to make sure no one else has to do the same may be a greater accomplishment. By supporting education, a whole new world of possibilities opens up for the Sherpa people!

Image: Porter carrying gear

Source: Wikipedia

If you’re unfamiliar with the role of the Sherpa on Mount Everest (because I was), we’ve written about their amazing work before. To sum it up, they’re the reason so many people are even able to summit Mount Everest. By working as porters, a large number of Sherpa risk their own lives to assist climbers on their ascent up the mountain. They expertly guide them along the lines the safest way possible, while carrying hundreds of pounds of gear up the largest mountain in the world.

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Apa Sherpa Foundation

Being a porter is exceptionally risky work—there’s always a chance you won’t return from the mountain. But with the stream of money coming through the area from climbers requesting their services, it’s one of the only ways the Sherpa have to support their families.

Apa Sherpa became a porter when he was 12 years old after his father passed away, which made continuing his education impossible. Now, he’s doing what he can to make sure that other children don’t have to give up the one thing that would enable them to choose a different walk of life: their education.

“Without education, we have no choice” — Apa Sherpa

His story is like so many others. This beautiful film from Sherpas Cinema introduces us to what the Sherpa children and their families must do to obtain an education, and what the foundation is doing to help ease this struggle.

Not only will Sherpa people have more job options with the support of their education, but those who choose to stay working as a porter will have the opportunity to bring home more money to their families as the number of individuals in this profession decreases.

You can learn more about the Apa Sherpa Foundation and how you can help them provide quality education to children in Nepal by visiting their website!

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  1.  “Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa.” Vimeo, Sherpas Cinema, 17 May 2018, vimeo.com/270499256. Accessed 31 July 2018.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.