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Shoes for Sherpas

A project of the Colorado Nepal Alliance

Next trip is September 2014 - Collection Cutoff August 15!

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A Successful October 2012 Trip to the Everest Region!

A Successful June 2013 Trip to the Dhading District!

Next trip is September 2014 to the Langtang Region - Collection Cutoff August 15!

Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with 55% of its population living below the international poverty line of less than US $1.25 per day [1].   The tourism industry brings in much-needed income, especially in the Everest region in the eastern part of the country.

The Sherpas are an ethnic group living primarily in the mountainous regions of eastern Nepal, and many make their living as porters in the tourism trade as well as in the day-to-day transport of goods from village to village.   Since quality footwear is often either unavailable or unaffordable, our goal is to provide as much "used but still usable" footwear as possible to those living in the region.

You can help!   Please donate hiking boots, cross trainers, or running shoes that still have some life left in them.   We will distribute them in the Langtang Region in September 2014.   Don't let a "good sole" go to waste!

Hiking Boots

New or Used

We're collecting new or "used but still usable" footwear, especially hiking boots, cross trainers, and running shoes.

Some amount of wear is ok as long as there's still some life left in the soles, but please, nothing with holes or other damage - we don't have the funds to do repairs.

Sizes

Nepalis tend to have smaller and wider feet on average than Americans or Europeans.   We are collecting small sizes only:

Men's sizes up to US 9
Women's sizes up to US 10
Any children's sizes

We're now collecting boots, trail shoes, and children's shoes for our next trip to Nepal in September 2014!


If you would like to donate but can't make it to one of the drop-off sites, please get in touch so we can make other arrangements.

Denver, CO
Runners Roost - Denver

1685 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222   [map]
www.RunnersRoost.com/locations_denver.html

Denver, CO
Little Feet

The Plaza at Cherry Creek
201 University Blvd, #103
Denver, CO 80206   [map]
www.littlefeetandmore.com

Denver, CO
The Wilderness Exchange

2401 15th St, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202   [map]
www.WildernessExchangeUnlimited.com

Golden, CO
Colorado Mountain Club

710 10th St #200
Golden, CO 80401   [map]
www.cmc.org

Boulder, CO
Neptune Mountaineering

633 South Broadway Suite A
Boulder, CO 80305   [map]
www.NeptuneMountaineering.com

Nederland, CO
Kathmandu Restaurant

110 North Jefferson St
Nederland, CO 80466   [map]
www.NepaliDining.com

Estes Park, CO
The Warming House

790 Moraine Ave.
Estes Park, CO 80517   [map]
www.WarmingHouse.com


If you would like to donate but can't make it to one of the drop-off sites, please get in touch so we can make other arrangements.

Sponsor a Bag of Boots!   $168

Sponsor a bag of boots and shoes and we'll put your name on it!
(This covers the cost of one duffel bag plus international shipping.)

We're not making any money from this project, and are paying international shipping and in-country transport expenses out-of-pocket. We'd love it if you would consider a small donation to help defray expenses:

If you'd like to make a cash contribution, you can click one of the green donate buttons, or go directly to: www.wepay.com/donations/shoes-for-sherpas

Note: Contributions or gifts to Shoes for Sherpas are not tax deductible as charitable contributions.

Donate

Help with international shipping and in-country transport costs!

Many thanks to all who have donated footwear or volunteered to spread the word or act as drop-off sites!

Special thanks go to...

 

Bag Sponsors!

Earthbound Expeditions

Rajan Simkhada is President of Kathmandu-based Earthbound Expeditions (P.) LTD., a Himalayan adventure travel and trekking company.   Rajan is our main resource within Nepal for coordinating shipping, travel, and distribution.
www.enepaltrekking.com
www.trektibet.com

Runners Roost Colorado logo

Runners Roost - Denver

The fine folks at the Denver location of Runners Roost Colorado have provided a drop-off site in addition to donating many pairs of barely-used running and trail shoes!
www.runnersroost.com/locations_denver.html

You can reach us by email to: info@ShoesForSherpas.org

If you would like to donate but can't make it to one of the drop-off sites shown above, please get in touch so we can make other arrangements.