Everest Awakening was started in April 2015. In light of the major earthquake, friends and collaborators joined together to create a community with a goal of directly delivering disaster relief to those affected in the region. The initiative works in direct contact with friends like Heartbeat and Mountain Resiliency Project, groups working on the ground in Nepal, rebuilding through short and long term projects.
Everest Awakening has organized and helped to support projects like solar energy installation, rebuilding bridges, delivering food, clothing, uniforms, books, and supplies to schools and orphanages, sustainable food projects, recycling projects, creating new jobs within local communities, and even helping to fund the Nepal team to join the World Rafting Competition in Japan in October 2017. Our latest projects have included creating sustainable recycling systems, supporting school teachers in areas with little access to cities resources, and organizing our Basic Mountaineering Photography Course for sherpas and climbers.
The name 'Everest Awakening' represents a symbol of the issues faced today in the world and how we must respond to them. We think of Mount Everest as completely almighty and untouchable, and yet it was not spared in the face of the great earthquake disaster, just as it is not spared in the wake of climate change. Mount Everest is the roof of our world. We must protect it as it it were the roof of our house. We must not let it leak. Mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence, so we need to rise up to awaken our hearts.
Everest Awakening Team:
Jesse Paris Smith - Pema Chhewang Sherpa - Tenzin Choegyal