Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Providing a world of good

‘Three Cups of Tea’ co-author gives presentation in Hailey

Children in Nepal gather wood and dung for fuel. Photo by Jerry Mika

Understanding the plight of children's education around the world is a constant issue, which will always need attention. Shedding light on this important world matter is David Oliver Relin, co-author of "Three Cups of Tea." Relin will present a talk and slide-show with Super Sherpas, Apa Sherpa and Lahkpa Sherpa at the Community Campus in Hailey on Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.

In addition there will be a private reception and fundraiser for Relin and the Super Sherpas in the afternoon on Aug. 8. Tickets are $150 and include refreshments and a signed copy of "Three Cups of Tea."

Proceeds from both events will benefit a school-building project in Apa Sherpa's village in Nepal. Children from this region who attend classes beyond the sixth grade must travel three and half miles each way to go to school.

"I was going to school and had dreams of becoming a doctor and at 12 years old my uncle made me climb the Nangpa La pass," Apa said. "We wore rough sheep wool and our shoes were made of buffalo skin. For shoe installation we used straw to keep dry in the winter. There is no gas to make fires so we had to carry firewood for five to six days."

Apa has great aspirations to help Nepalese children become educated and not endure the tough life of a Sherpa. Apa said as a Sherpa he would only make $3,000 an expedition, there is no insurance and he barely spent time with his family.

"I want to help Nepal and teach other people," Apa said. "It's important. Nepal needs doctors and a native speaker to help."

Sherpas will trek 20 times back and forth between base camps to supply food and gear for expeditions, including the dangerous Khumbu ice fall where many have died.

There will be a book signing following the presentation at the Community Center and tickets are available at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum. For details on the reception, call Steve Wagner at 788-4245.

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