On April 25, 2015, a violent 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal — followed weeks later by a 7.3-magnitude aftershock — killing almost 9,000 people, injuring 22,000, and damaging or destroying nearly 800,000 homes.
As today marks the third anniversary of this tragic event, please take a moment of silence with us, to honor the lives lost and destruction made to the community.
After providing housing and medical care, warm clothing and blankets, supporting education institutions, and now focusing on rebuilding the tourism industry, we wanted to share a few stories on where Nepal's people are at after the earthquake.
Our production partners in Nepal ran a short, intensive training program for young women in the remote village of Barpak, Gorkha. The goal was to teach these women to knit our wool hats and sweaters, with our long term goal of bringing them into our production network. This not only offers them a marketable skill to immediately help provide income for themselves and their families, but also for the days to come.
Meet Padmini Bajracharya (right). With more than 20 years of experience as a knitter, she now helps many women by teaching her skills and providing knitting training to women in Barpak, Nepal (Barpak was the epicenter of the devastating 2015 earthquake, with 10 out of 1,200 homes left standing).
Since the earthquake, we have supported two local NGOs dedicated to rebuilding a school in Sindupalchowk (Community Members Interested and Seti Devi Adharbhoot Bidhyalaya).
This winter we continued to donate warm blankets to those in need — senior citizens of Makwanpur, Orphanage of Kathmandu and physically disabled children of Dhankuta.
“I think the Nepalese people and community time and time again have proven their resilience and perseverance. Neighbors, families, friends came together to support and help rebuild their communities, get to the areas where the earthquake struck most, and facilitate their own relief efforts,” says Tsedo Sherpa-Ednalino, Sherpa Adventure Gear COO. “Their ability to adapt to any circumstance and their positive outlook on life even after such tragedy is something I continue to be in admiration of and respect since the earthquake.”
Tho-chey. We thank you for your support.