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Dana Point resident Dusty Boyd, founder of The Everest Life, is raising money for a village in Nepal that was left devastated in the aftermath of the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook the region on April 25.
The Everest Life is a nonprofit that helps Sherpa and Nepali villagers build up their infrastructures. Boyd leads a company twice a year to Nepal, where they help build schools, farmland and help with irrigation methods.
In an email on April 30, Boyd said he lost a Sherpa, who had summited Mount Everest three times, in the earthquake. The Sherpa was unnamed but Boyd said he left behind a wife and two children. Boyd says the village The Everest Life helps has been reduced to 90 percent rubble.
Boyd has set up a gofundme account online titled “Sherpa Village’s Hands-On Rebuild” and has raised $15,179 in 16 days. The projects goal is to reach $18,000.
“I am hopeful empathetic people will support someone willing to get in the earth with the damaged people, and ensure 100 percent of their funds go to the Sherpa people,” Boyd, who has summited the world’s highest peaks, said in the email. “If not for these Sherpa people I would certainly have perished years ago. They are the kindest, strongest, self-reliant people I have ever known.”
For those interested in learning more about Boyd’s cause or to donate, visit www.gofundme.com/dustytosherpas.