The Sherpa Fund was established after the tragic avalanche on Everest. A group of 10 photographers, with years of experience working with the Sherpa people, donated prints to be sold at $100 each, 3,000 have been purchased.
One-hundred per cent of proceeds from the sale will go to the Sherpa community via the nonprofit Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation, which has been working with Sherpa climbers in the Khumbu since 2003.
The money will be used accordingly:
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Half will go to families directly affected by accidents in the mountains.
Half will go to long-term community assistance.
The project was organized by National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey and Outside Magazine Senior Editor Grayson Schaffer, with donations from: Jimmy Chin, James Balog, Cory Richards, Renan Ozturk, Teru Kuwayama, Pete McBride, Gordon Wiltsie, Andy Bardon, Robb Kendrick, and Max Lowe.
According to Climbing, an additional $50,000 was raised by the American Alpine Club’s Sherpa Support Fund which brings the total to $350,000.
Sources: Climbing, Sherpa Support Fund