Hike for Help in the Khumbu Valley

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Hike for Help: Self-Enabling Help

Hike for Help is a local organization started by Lhakpa Sherpa, the owner of Sherpa House restaurant in Golden, Colorado. The organization’s goal is to benefit the Sherpa community in the Everest region of Nepal through small-scale high impact projects. The Mines chapter of this organization focuses on using Mines students’ engineering and design skills along with their passion for humanitarian projects to help this amazing community.

Twice a year a group from Mines Hike for Help travels to the Khumbu Valley in Nepal to provide supplies and ideas for local projects. This winter our group will be providing support for a public restroom project along the Everest Base Camp Trail. We will provide design ideas and bring supplies that the local people cannot access. Hike for Help’s motto is “self-enabling help.” We don’t want to take away jobs from the local community, so we just offer support. This trip also focuses on establishing connections between cultures. The impact the community has on the students is arguably greater than the impact they have on them. Everyone going on the winter trip is extremely passionate about the project and would greatly appreciate your support.

Senior Design    

As a cornerstone of the Hike for Help mission, the coordination of a long-term improvement project provides Mines students with an outlet for their unique skills that translates into real world improvements. As in the past, a team of Mines senior design students have been tasked with designing this installation – giving them the opportunity to both complete a major requirement of their graduations and contribute to a truly meaningful cause. The plans which are developed by this team will be used to construct the installation (a bathroom on the Everest trail) with the students on the ground in Nepal providing support to the locals undertaking the task. Additionally, it is important to note that the students who participate in the H4H trips are responsible for their own finances, meaning that all donations go directly toward the improvements that Hike for Help and Lhakpa Sherpa have identified as especially beneficial to the Khumbu Valley region of Nepal.

Global Impact

As a part of Hike for Help’s overarching goal of cultivating a community of progress and opportunity in the Mt. Everest Region of Nepal, the public restroom facilities project addresses several local needs. The investment of international donors, and subsidies by the Sagarmatha National Park Buffer Zone, funds an improved market for tourism which boosts the local economy, implements state-of-the-art composting technologies, provides a regional labor opportunity and enhances the regions grandeur landscapes while supplementing the present handful of dilapidated public restrooms. The “Token Toilet” already in place has been appreciated by the Khumbu’s Pasang Lhamu Municipality so much so that an international partnership for further construction has formed. The continuation of the public restroom facility project is intended to improve standard of living by creating access to sanitary infrastructure and generating both revenue and labor opportunities for the local population.

Thank you for considering a donation to impact the Nepali community abroad and support Mines students in gaining real-world engineering experience.





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