by The Small World
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Sujata with her family
Sujata with her family


During an Everest trek in late May, just two weeks ago, the Karki family lost their father, a porter, to sudden death from altitude sickness, leaving the family of four children and their mother destitute and facing starvation. After The Small World was alerted, we placed the eleven-year-old girl, Sujata, with her mother’s permission, in the Arhaus Children’s Home in Solukhumbu; the youngest child, nine years old, is being sponsored at home. For the other two children, fifteen and thirteen years old, we are seeking assistance to support their enrollment in the local school a half-hour walks away and for essential support for their mother and home.



As is commonly known, Nepal is famous worldwide for its magnificent mountains and has become a revered destination for international mountaineers and trekkers; the successful ascent of Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is a symbol of ultimate achievement within their ranks.  However, it is highly doubtful that their dreams of “bagging the peaks” of Nepal would be attainable without the indispensable assistance of porters who carry heavy burdens on the grueling ascents. Because of their poverty and often dire circumstances, the porters accept untenable conditions, and inadequate compensation for their life-threatening labors, and are generally taken for granted without consideration for their health and welfare.


Every year, there are about a dozen porters that lose their lives on the job, with others losing their livelihood due to injuries sustained on the treks. According to Mr. Khum Subedi, the President of the Trekking Agent Association of Nepal (TAAN), porters are severely challenged by inadequate diet, clothing, health care, and checkups, and little to no support from trekking organizations that employ them; further, when organizations offer discounts, most tourists have no idea that the porters, before anyone else, are the first to bear the humiliation of reduced payment in, by Western standards, their already paltry pay.
To help break this glaring example of the cycle of poverty in Nepal, we believe it is vital to support today’s children with an education, providing them with qualifications for a better life and self-respect inconsistent with demeaning conditions.  
In the meantime, it would seem essential and rightfully humane to grant and provide today’s porters with the respect and gratitude they have earned and deserve, along with provisions for their health and well-being as human beings instead of beasts of burden, if for no other reason than for their continued availability that is so essential to trekkers and mountaineers. It would seem highly advisable as well for trekking companies to display transparency about their treatment of the porters so vital to their trekking businesses. Their clients would want to know.




Namaste! & Thank you !! 

Karma Sherpa
Executive Director & Co-Founder 
*The Small World*

Sujata at The Small World's children home
Sujata at The Small World's children home


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Girls from Solukhumbu
Girls from Solukhumbu

Dear Friends and Supporters, Happy New Year !

As we put the finishing touches on another year, our team is grateful for your dedication during this most challenging year of 2021.

I just wanted to sincerely thank you for standing by us and believing in the life-changing work that The Small World does.  I am really proud to share some of our major achievements and positive impacts that we have made together this year. 

We couldn’t have achieved any of these remarkable results without your support on behalf of our team, the children, and the communities in which we work. Thank you so much..

Lean more about our achievement in the year of Pandemic 2021

Namaste ! and Thank you ! 
Karma and Sonam Sherpa 

Executive Director & Co-Founder 
*The Small World*


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I am Rita  and I was in grade 9. My father is a seasonal trekking porter and my mother is a housewife. Since Covid 19, my father could not get any work because tourists stopped coming and that hit us very hard, because without jobs we struggle to manage two meals every day.

Now all of us are at home without income, and though schools might resume this year in 2021, I won’t be able to go back because still there is no way my parents can afford to send me back to school, but to go to school and become a doctor is my dream.

Sometimes I feel like my dream is my happy place but my reality is in my life there is no escape, I wish there is a way so I am sending my application to The Small World for support.

The Small World has been dedicated for years to providing education to children and is convinced of its significance in breaking the cycle of poverty in Nepal.


Today, with the world still suffering from a global pandemic and forced lockdowns, tourism, a major source of income for Nepal, has been virtually nonexistent. With a dearth of tourists and no more burgeoning throngs of trekkers, porters and many others whose livelihoods depend on the tourism sector have been out of work for over a year.

Above and beyond the existing challenges for at risk children whose education and holistic wellbeing we have been supporting, the Covid-19 , lockdown and lost jobs situation has created a new classification of at-risk children, about 35 to 40% in rural areas, who had been attending school but have dropped out due to this loss of family income.

It’s an urgent matter, and we have developed this new program to help before the loss of education creates a crippling situation of further loss. We have seen evidence in the past that more serious future problems for their family and community will most likely manifest unless their education is restored.

• Our urgent hope is to provide 350 children with an education sponsorship program for just one year.

• $1.00 USD a day for one year & yearly $ 350 for a child will cover the school tuitions, uniforms, books, school bag, a set of clothing, and counseling for children and their families.

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Small World's supported children in the school
Small World's supported children in the school

A Year End Gift: For Changing the Lives of a Thousand Children

Dear Friends, Namaste & Happy Holiday Season to you & your family !

The fact that the year 2020 came with immense challenges for all of us cannot be denied. Though it seems like we are all in the same boat, for Nepal, the Covid-19 pandemic was the third tragedy since 1996 to threaten its progress as a nation and its very survival. For a full decade, the Maoist rebellion rocked the country, finally ending in 2006. Nepal had barely recovered from that trauma when the next overwhelming event occurred - the devastating earthquake of 2015. This pandemic is the most recent in a series of violent and seemingly never-ending upheavals.

The Maoist insurrection caused the deaths of over 17,000 people, including civilians, insurgents, army and police personnel, destroyed thousands of schools, and resulted in the internal displacement of hundreds of thousands of people (mostly in rural Nepal). Though some children have been given education and protective support, due to the lack of funds, many schools still have to be repaired or replaced.


Then, while people were still recovering from the post Maoist Civil War, a massive earthquake of 7.8 magnitude shook Nepal on April 25, 2015 killed over 9,000 people and according to UNICEF, destroyed or damaged around 9,000 schools and 30,000 classrooms. Almost one million children were out of school in the immediate aftermath and the quake was followed by a major aftershock on May 12. Government support was very limited post-earthquake and it left civilians without much hope.


On top of these two major events has come the pandemic known as COVID-19, which has completely damaged Nepal and its people. In Nepal, there is no trillion-dollar aid package and there are no unemployment benefits. This is making life very critical here, and people are on the verge of losing everything, including any hope for survival. As a local organization, we need your support now...more than ever.

If at all possible, please consider making a Year End Gift to The Small World.

Our work is continuing to make a real difference, but there is still so much to be done.

The Small World is a locally run non-profit organization responding directly to community needs by implementing initiatives through your donations directly and efficiently. Your support also helps us to build capacity at the local level and to provide sustainable community development and support for the long term.

We make it easy, quick, and safe to support vulnerable communities and children on the ground because we understand their needs better than anyone else.

We were there long before the news cameras arrived, and we’ll be there long after the cameras leave. We know how to make our communities more resilient to future disasters, and we’re already hard at work. All your generous donations and grants make a difference directly on the ground and help to provide support.

As we look ahead to the many challenges of 2021, this year’s Year End Gift from you will be more important than ever for the The Small World and our community.

With your help, we will continue to keep over 3,000 children in schools; over 200 girls in schools & collages ; 100 orphans and vulnerable children in a safe place to live with the gift of education; the agricultural support program, “Seeds of Hope" for over 500 women and their families and a thriving future for over 10,000 local community members.

Please consider making a Year End Gift to new Children Home " The Friends of Arhaus Children's Home"

Thank you and Namaste from Nepal .
Karma & Sonam Sherpa
The Small World

Sonam and Karma
Sonam and Karma


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Dear Friends, Supporters and Partners, Happy Thanksgiving ! 

During this week of Thanksgivingwe wanted to share how thankful we are for all of our donors, friends, and families around the globe who support our life-changing work. We couldn’t do it without you. This year, due to the Pandemic, The Small World had to quickly pivot to find a way to support, connect and relieve families and communities from the crisis this virus has created for the most vulnerable families who already struggle with many challenges.

You play an incredibly important role in Helping our Children, vulnerable women and families of trekking porters, daily wage earners and single mothers and we deeply appreciate your support. 

As we look ahead to the many challenges of 2021, this year’s giving Tuesday will be more important than ever for The Small World.  With your help, we will provide a safe place to live, parental care, and educational opportunities for over 100 new children in our newly constructed Arhaus Children’s Home; support our ongoing programs, “Himalayan Hope Home,” “Solukhumbhu Girls Dorm,-for Gilrs Higher Education program” “Community Health Center,” “Sponsorships,” and offer critical resources for our communities as well.

On December 1st, our partner, GlobalGiving, is giving away $1 Million. With $1 Million in funding available from GlobalGiving, we need your help to reach our goal of raising $50,000 to support Arhaus Children’s Home. The more you give, the larger share we win out of $1 Million USD in incentive funds;

Thank you very much & Happy Thanksgiving ! 

Karma Sherpa
Executive Director & Co-Founder 
*The Small World*


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