SHERPA – New Cultural & Heritage Center
Khumjung, Khumba Region, Nepal
Building, Computer Equipment and Art Supplies
The Inti Raymi Fund provided almost 40% of the funding for The Cultural & Heritage Center in Khumjung, Nepal. This center for learning is designed to preserve the culture, art forms, and traditions of the Sherpa Mountain People of Nepal.
The Sherpa Cultural & Heritage Center, is the Life’s Passion and brainchild of the lead Project Director and Famous Mount Everest Sherpa and Guide, Phurba Tashi Sherpa of Khumjung, Nepal, in the Khumbu Region.
Phurba Tashi, has been a successful Sherpa and Guide on Mount Everest Expeditions his entire life in Nepal, and has personally summited Mount Everest 19 times! At the time of this reading, he is in Everest Base Camp preparing for his 20th ascend.
The Khumbu Region of Nepal has received tremendous support for education and medical projects in past years from the International Climber and Trekker Community, so much so that now many of the more affluent Sherpas are living abroad or in Kathmandu, Nepal. Because of the ever-increasing tourist levels, and the inevitable infiltration of Western Culture into Nepal, the local Sherpa people have become concerned that their history and culture is being progressively diluted.
Given the rich historical culture of the Nepali People, and especially the Sherpa Peoples of the Khumbu Region, Purba Tashi realized it was important to memorialize and teach others of the cultural significance of the “Sherpa Life”. Thus the Cultural & Heritage Center was born. By preserving the traditional Music, Art, Dance and Cultural Customs, the “Sherpa Life” can remain alive and present in the hearts of the Nepali People. The Center can guarantee that this heritage will be taught and preserved though the younger generation well into the future for others to enjoy.
How the Inti Raymi Fund was Involved
Russell Brice of Himalayan Experience, (HIMEX) is the leading Expedition Service provider on Mount Everest, and is a cofounder of the well-respected Friends of Humanity Foundation, (FOH) a nonprofit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Brice, personally helped raise the required capital necessary to construct this facility. The Inti Raymi Fund, contributed $25,000 of the budgeted $95,000 required to complete this facility.
Cultural Traditional Dance Video from a region near Kathmandu, not Kumjung; however, nonetheless a beautiful view into the Nepali Culture.
Start Date: March, 2012
Completion Date: October, 2014
Funded so far: $25,000 USD
Total Project: $25,000 USD
Lives Affected: 250
Phurba Tashi Sherpa, CHIMU - IRF Director