Mount Everest, Sagarmatha or Chomolungma, it doesn’t matter which name you use to describe the world’s most beloved mountain. Nepal and her jewel-like mountains have helped establish the careers of countless mountaineers from around the world.

The Nepalese people have been kind and generous to any person who has had the good luck to place their feet on that sacred and ancient ground. The legendary Sherpa call this nation their home, and give up as well as risk the better part of their life to helping mountaineers carry packs on their own backs up the mountains, year after year.

And yet today Nepal, after having so many people from around the globe stand on her mountains and triumphantly raise the flags of their nations, needs our help. If you love to climb, if you love mountains, if you teach mountaineering, if you’ve been to Nepal and love the good people of Nepal, then please read this interview and reach out to help Nepal.

We recently had the chance to interview Jennifer-Lowe Anker, President of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation and a stalwart champion for Nepal and its people. Here are some ways we can help the people of Nepal.

 
Editor: We’re honored to interview you Jennifer, and we do appreciate your time.

Thanks for speaking with us.

Jennifer-Lowe Anker: You are most welcome. I’m happy to help spread the love for Nepal.

 
Editor: The Khumbu Climbing Center has done a lot for the people of Nepal. Can you please tell us what this amazing organization actually does?

Jennifer-Lowe Anker: The Khumbu Climbing Center has been operating for nearly a dozen years to help educate hundreds of Nepali high altitude workers. The emphasis is on teaching skills for technical climbing, mountain rescue, wilderness medicine and leadership to improve the margin of safety for those who do the dangerous work of guiding and portering in the mountains of the Himalaya.

The jobs of high altitude guides and porters are sought after for their relatively high pay. They are some of the more lucrative jobs in an economy that is one of the most impoverished in the world. KCC has also offered climbing and leadership exchanges with NOLS wilderness programs and Denali, Yosemite and Teton National Parks where Nepali climbers work with climbing rangers to learn the skills of resource and people management in the National Parks. The education provided by KCC has far reaching consequences as the workforce on Everest has become more skilled and competent to take ownership of the mountains that are their home and their livelihood.  

 
Editor: What is the situation in Nepal right now?


Has it settled down a bit or are people still feeling the aftershocks?

Jennifer-Lowe Anker: The aftershocks are still happening in Nepal and though people are still on alert, most have returned to their houses if they weren’t destroyed. The people of Nepal are many and varied as are the effects of the Earthquake. Some villages suffered no damage while others were devastated with great loss of life and property that takes a lifetime to build.


The world community is needed. I encourage folks who love Nepal to return and make a contribution in the form of tourism as well as giving to their favorite NGO. I know many folks who have gone over or intend to in this coming year to help rebuild or contribute by infusing money into the economy. Trekking is a nice way to do this. You show up and spend some cash. It helps in all sorts of ways and many people benefit, from the porters to food growers to lodge owners to artisans and so on. Save up and go. This is the best way to stimulate the economy to help itself.

 
Editor: Tent cities are everywhere and people have lost their homes.

Can you tell us exactly what is needed by the people in terms of food, tarps, medical kits, etc.?

Jennifer-Lowe Anker: At this time, the initial shock of displacement is over and many did receive emergency aid in the form of tarps, tents, food and medical supplies. It is the long-term effects of the earthquake that are most alarming.


People need work and opportunity.


Tent cities are still in place and many who occupy them have no option but to stay and adapt as they have no resources to rebuild. Others in remote villages still camp and are trying to piece together an existence to feed and shelter their families after losing crops, livestock, homes and now incomes as tourist dollars disappear.

 
Editor: Jennifer, what is the best way to help? Some people are flying into Nepal with supplies, while others are making donations online.

What is the best way to help via the Khumbu Climber Center?

Which web page link will connect readers to donate?

Jennifer-Lowe Anker: You can give online at alexlowe.org

The KCC will continue to serve those who work in the climbing and trekking industry with our ongoing mission to provide sustainable community based programs to help mountain dwelling people. The most rewarding aspect of the aftermath of the Earthquake was to see the leadership and charity of the people that KCC has trained. Many Nepali men and women who attended KCC were some of the most diligent and tireless rescue folks on the ground providing leadership and aid to their own villages and to others less fortunate.

We will continue to support The Magic Yeti Libraries, which provide books and educational resources for children and families in remote six villages of the Himalaya. 

Your dollars will go toward rebuilding efforts in some of the mountain communities that we serve. As of July, ALCF has disbursed over 60 thousand dollars to aid in five districts of Nepal and transported over twelve large duffels of tents and clothing to be distributed among people in need.


Funds were used for food and shelter, for porters pay to transport food and shelter to remote places, to procure and transport roofing materials for durable shelters that can later be used for roofs, to repair and restore water and electricity systems. Some funds were disbursed among families in need to help them rebuild and to village committees to help rebuild schools.

Please give to the charity of choice. Some of my favorites are:


The DZI Foundation


The Juniper Fund


The American Himalayan Foundation


Himalayan Rescue Association


Tilgonga Eye Center Earthquake Relief


Doctors Without Boarders


Heifer International


There are many more.

 
Editor: Thank you for your devotion to helping the people of Nepal in their hour of need, and thank you for all the good work the Khumbu Climbing Center has been doing for so many years.

It is much appreciated.

Jennifer-Lowe Anker: Thank you for the opportunity to speak! We at ALCF are a drop in the bucket and a small, grass roots ORG but the infrastructure that we have built in Nepal with KCC and Magic Yeti is with strong, resourceful people who live and work in the mountains. There is a connection.




Interview conducted by Vera Kaikobad L. Ac.
Administrator of the Facebook Page 'An Interview With'.
Editor-in-Chief of ClimbSkiBoulderMagazine.com
Interview © Vera Kaikobad L. Ac.

All images used with Jennifer's permission and are accredited with the photographer's name.


For more information:

The ALCF administers the Khumbu Climbing Center and the Magic Yeti Libraries in Nepal. The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation (ALCF) is dedicated to preserving his legacy by providing direction and financial support to sustainable, community-based humanitarian programs designed to help the people who live in remote regions of the world.


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KCC Mission Statement: To increase the safety margin of Nepali climbers and high altitude workers by encouraging responsible climbing practices in a supportive and community-based program.


Who was Alex Lowe?


Alex Lowe was not only one of the great alpinists of his time, he was also a man who had a remarkable impact on many of the people indigenous to the high mountain regions where his expeditions took him. Alex was blessed with many unique gifts including the ability to climb the world's most challenging peaks, and the capability to connect with, and love, the people he met in some of the most remote areas of the world. His sheer enthusiasm for adventure and compassion for the difficult lives led by these people stands as a continuing inspiration for those who knew and admired Alex. This foundation carries on Alex's spirit of adventure.


The ALCF administers the Khumbu Climbing Center and the Magic Yeti Libraries in Nepal. The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation (ALCF) is dedicated to preserving his legacy by providing direction and financial support to sustainable, community-based humanitarian programs designed to help the people who live in remote regions of the world.



“The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice.”
― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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Jennifer-Lowe Anker
The Khumbu Climbing Center

Cover Date - August 5th, 2015

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