I went to Jhule today in Nepal. Amazing story strating in 1979 when a Nepal girl was given to a passing French expedition. Fast forward past the times when you could only walk t this village, a reuniting of the daughter with family, earthquake relief to today.
Here we are beginning with our partnership with our family friends, Zhmba Sherpa of over 30 years to build a school, and build a Sherpa community center. School is easy to imagine the need here. Sherpa community center….the Sherpa culture is fading. The language is not written so has to be learned orally. The rich dances, foods and other Buddist traditoins are being lost as the young peope immerse into the modern life of Kathmandu and beyond. A mix of dedicated young people and elders have started to build a Sherpa culture center in this specataular space. Here Elders will be valued as they pass onto the young these important and rich cultural traditions. It is multi year project. To date land is bought, stones in place.
Next step is to carve the windows and doors by some of our other Sherpa carpenter friends. Somedayy I hope to sit and sip Sherpa tea here, learn more of that old language and watch the high himalayas.