The Nepal earthquake and aftershocks of 2015 devastated much of Nepal including many parts of Khumbu region where Khumjung Gompa is located. At 12,400 feet near Everest, this monastery is a 400-year-old monastic center of Sherpa culture and Tibetan Buddhism. Over its lifespan, Khumjun Gompa was extended several times. Its original small size and weak foundation required much renovation and restoration. The last renovation was completed in 2000. The 2015 earthquake worsened the condition. Following the earthquake, the property was assessed for overall damage. The concluding report was clear that there had been major cracks and distortion of structures at multiple sites, which required reconstruction of the whole building. At this point two committees were formed (Samten Choling Gompa Management Committee and Khumjung Gompa Rebuild Committee) to raise funds and organize all aspects of rebuilding the gompa.
You can watch a short video of some of the initial damage and rebuilding efforts:
Approximately 4,000 local Sherpas live in the area. There are about 300 households which share this gompa for religious festivals.
The Nepal Earthquake Support Fund, a sub-fund of the Social Services Fund, offered US$50,000 toward this important rebuilding project.
The rebuilding was successfully completed in August of 2017 and inaugurated by the abbot of Tengboche Monastery, Nawang Tenzing Jangbu, who reported, “Cultural Restoration especially
after the April 2015 earthquake has become more important than ever before. It is our duty
to preserve our cultural heritage for our future generation. We deeply appreciate all our friends
and donors who have generously contributed towards the rebuild of Khumjung Gompa”
You can read a full report on this project completed by the Khumjung Gompa Welfare & Development Committee.
Please rejoice on this incredible effort by many in the Sherpa community and many kind and generous donors who contributed to the completion of this important restoration project.
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