|Nepal is 80% Hindu, but the Sherpas are Buddhist and their fluttering prayer flags, carved Mani stones and chortens are proud, yet fading symbols of the compassion and wisdom inherent in Tibetan Buddhism.|
What's more, the Sherpas' increasing dependence on the trekking industry is both undeniable and alarming. While Sherpas who live along the main trekking routes may gain a seasonal income as porters, guides and guesthouse owners, those in more remote locations find themselves cut off – lacking the traditional skills that once offered self-sufficiency. In planning and designing the Sherpa Cultural Center, The Himalayan Project and the Sherpa community have been committed to creating an atmosphere where Sherpa heritage is known and valued and understanding that what is at stake is the survival of a most precious, ancient yet vibrant culture.
Among other projects of Community Development that The Himalayan Project has undertaken have been monastery renovations and raising the relief funds needed to rebuild all the homes in the village of Chaurikharka that were completely destroyed after the April and May earthquakes in 2015.