This is our village Namche Bazaar, also called “Nauche” by the locals. It is on 11330 feet (3440 meters), surrounded by some of the world’s most tallest and beautiful mountains. A bowl like valley looking down towards the lower valleys. An average of eight hour walk reaches us to the main airport to fly in and out of to go the capital city Kathmandu and other areas of Nepal. Nauche is a village with a majority of Sherpa population. Sherpa, when broke down as “Sher” and “pa” means “east” and “people” respectively in the Tibetan language. In other words, Sherpas are a group of people from Eastern region of the Himalayas. Our main source of income is tourism. The locals own tea shops, hotels, stores and guiding companies to guide the tourists in trekking and expeditions.

Although we do not have the luxury of having access to fresh foods every day, we do have a market day every Saturday. The farmers from the southern valleys, and the Tibetan traders set up a market with vegetables, fruits, meat and other goods from the Chinese border. All the people from the surrounding villages also travel to Nauche on Saturdays to get their groceries.

My wife Ang Fura (right) and my daughter Kami Doma, who is also a teacher for the local school.

We teach them some musical instruments. We have just started. We will have the kids play different musical instruments in the coming future.

Children from HomeAwayFromHome dressed up in traditional Sherpa clothes to do a dance performance for a program held in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Khumjung School, built by late Sir. Edmund Hillary.

This used to be the hostel from the first year. We only had 15 kids and a small room.

Children having a lunch feast on hamburger and fries before they leave for their long vacation.

This is the building for our hostel " our home away from home".

This is the room where the children sleep. We have 5 rooms of the same kind. 6 children with one helper sleep here.

This is the hostel.

Each morning they arrive at school, they do some exercise and have assembly before their first class.

Each morning they arrive at school, they do some exercise and have assembly before their first class.

The local school, known as Shree Himalayan primary school was founded in 1961 with the help of Sir Edmund Hillary and the Nepali government. The school started with a couple classrooms. It started out with Elementary Education to 5th Grade.

Today, there are several more classrooms. The children are as young as 4 to 15 years. There are about 130 students altogether from different villages and they have six teachers.

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