Nepal tourism: Follow up from the tragic avalanche on Mount Everest

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This report was received by Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa, Chairman of Asian trekking in Kathmandu, Nepal.

He says in his news update:

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This report was received by Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa, Chairman of Asian trekking in Kathmandu, Nepal.

He says in his news update:

As many of you have heard and seen in the news, there was a tragic incident on Mt. Everest this spring which caught the attention of everyone in the world. On 18th April 2014, an avalanche struck the Khumbu Icefall, near Camp 1 at the height of 5800m on Mt. Everest and claimed the lives of 1s6 Nepali Climbers. It has been a difficult time for the entire Nepali climbing community and I thank you all for your sympathy and support during this time.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has given me (as president of NMA) the responsibility to manage the provision of education to the children and welfare of the families of the deceased mountaineers.

A committee was formed with the presidents of tourism associated organizations as members, namely: Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN), Expedition Operators Association- Nepal (EOA-N), Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA) and Nepal Mountaineering Instructors Association (NMIA) and a representative of Government of Nepal. I am honored to currently sit as the convener of this committee.

The main objective of this committee is the proper distribution of the fund among the family of the Nepali climbers who lost their lives on expedition and also to collect and centralize information related to the education of children of the deceased climbing Sherpas. Subsequently, we created a basket fund to support the surviving family members under the title, Mountaineering Disaster Relief and Educational Support Fund (MDRES Fund), in which donations received from all the around the world can be deposited. The fund will be used for the support of children of mountaineers, not only of those who tragically perished on 18th April, but also for the children of mountaineers who may- god forbid- perish in the future.

I am very grateful to those of you who have already extended your support and welcome those of you who wish do so as well.

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