Andrea Zimmermann-Sherpa and Norbu Sherpa as founders of WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS take heart in supporting the Himalayan Sherpas living in the remote areas of Nepal through their Swiss non-profit organisation that they have created in 2015: THE BUTTERFLY HELP-PROJECT.
The Kangchenjuna Region, with its third summit of the earth, is the place of birth of Norbu and one of the main area for recruiting climbing Sherpas for expeditions, after the Everest Region.
By raising the necessary funds, the first aim is to support the widows, and in particular the children, of the climbing Sherpas who have tragically died while working for expeditions in the mountains, covering the expenses of their scholarship fees. In such a way, these children can pursue their elementary school education, though any family revenue is missing. The Association is pleased to support since 2015, three kids from Sherpa families living with very less financials means in the Everest Region.
In April 2015, Andrea and Norbu were trapped at 2 kilometres from the epicentre of 7.8 (Richter scale) of the terrible earthquake that seriously affected many remote areas from Nepal. After having brought immediate relief in the form of 31 tons of food and other necessary items, and provisionally rebuilt 3 schools for more than 500 kids in many remote villages situated several hours from Kathmandu away, they are currently rebuilding these schools through THE BUTTERFLY HELP-PROJECT.
In 2016, they achieved to climb together and stand more than one and a half hour on the top of Mount Everest. Several months later, in November, they started with their “second Everest”, namely the reconstruction of the Secondary school of the village of Leptung (Dolakha District) for more than 347 kids. 6 months later, the school was built and officially sanctioned by the Nepali Government.
Since 2017, THE BUTTERFLY HELP-PROJECT has appointed one cultural teacher to preserve the local cultural traditions of the Sherpa people of Norbu’s village, Ghunsa (district of Taplejung), at 3600 meters above sea level.
Beginning of 2018, the project of reconstruction of a second school for about 100 kids in the small village of Palep (district of Rasuwa) has started. The work construction is currently going well!
The funds are raised thanks on one side to the generosity of any donator, but also from the annual membership fee of the Association and on the other side from the amounts provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS with the organization of each of its Trips. The funds are directly and entirely distributed on place through the supervision of the Association, thanks to the personal contacts of Norbu Sherpa. Each project is thoroughly supervised and followed on a long term basis by THE BUTTERFLY HELP-PROJECT.