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The Juniper Fund Expands Support Effort in Nepal
Posted on June 25, 2015

For the past two weeks, we’ve been publishing the firsthand stories of our guides and athletes who were on Mt. Everest and in Nepal when the tragic earthquake hit on April 25. Today is the two-month anniversary of that catastrophic event, which also triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest that claimed 18 lives. After the quake, our guides, athletes, and partner organizations responded on many fronts, but The Juniper Fund—an organization co-founded by Eddie Bauer guides David Morton and Melissa Arnot—was faced with one of the biggest challenges in continuing their direct financial support for the families of the high-altitude workers killed in the tragedies of the past two years. Today we profile the enduring efforts of this critical organization. —LYA Editor

Mingma Tenzing Sherpa was DaChikki's youngest son. He lived with his mother and was her primary family. He died on his first expedition.

A Message from David Morton, executive director of The Juniper Fund 

A massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25 just northwest of the capital of Kathmandu, with another 7.3-magnitude earthquake on May 12. These were the worst events to strike the region in more than 80 years. Support from donors allows us to help the people of Nepal rebuild their lives in the months and years to come.

The Juniper Fund will stay focused and committed to providing support for expedition workers and their families affected by the earthquake. We will work in the rebuilding process of some of the communities where we serve. Many of our families have lost their homes in this recent event, and we will be supporting their efforts in rebuilding.

Our long-term, relationship-heavy model allows us to have a high impact without spreading resources too thin. Smaller organizations like ours tend to have the most advantageous outcomes in the latter phases of natural disaster recovery, as we work directly with communities and families to assess needs and respond directly.


Many of the families whom we already serve in our existing programs lost their homes in the earthquakes of 2015. Eleven Nepalis, who were on the job as a result of the earthquake at Everest base camp, perished this season. Of these, many lost their homes in the earthquake, and have had to temporarily relocate to Kathmandu. We will be working with these families in order to assess needs. Helping to repair and rebuild homes will be included in our programs, using earthquake-resistant techniques and local materials.

Existing Programs

Our existing programs support the loved ones left behind after expedition workers are killed while working. Many of these families have suffered not only the loss of a father, husband, son or brother, but also a primary breadwinner. Often this male is taking care of an extended family and/or his parents. Our cash support for five years after a tragedy allows these families some time to restructure their lives with less burden. Direct cash transfers have proven extremely effective in development studies and models.

In the ongoing aftermath of the quake and tragedy in Nepal, Eddie Bauer is backing David Morton and Melissa Arnot’s Juniper Fund effort to raise financial assistance support for the familes of high-altitude workers lost in the tragedy. Learn more about their mission and donate at

Author: - Thursday, June 25th, 2015

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