Seattle-based Alpine Ascents is now paying for the children of the 16 Sherpa killed in last year’s avalanche on Mount Everest to go to school.
Five of the Sherpa killed in the 2014 avalanche were under the employ of Alpine Ascents. The Nepalese government gave each victim’s family $5,000, but Alpine Ascents didn’t think that would suffice. Though the company has funded education for the children of Sherpas since 1999, this is the first time it has supported the children of men killed on the mountain, KIRO TV reports.
The number of students Alpine Ascents is sponsoring has nearly doubled since the tragedy, from 20 to 37. “It’s a way of giving back to them,” Gary Harrington of Alpine Ascents told KIRO TV. The company is paying for one of the lost Sherpa’s daughters to go to college for management and for others to attend boarding school in Kathmandu. It will also pay for the education of a child of a Sherpa who didn’t work for the outfitter and whose body was never found.