Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year 2019

Dear members, friends and contributors of the Butterfly Help Project,

The comitees of BHP Switzerland and Nepal would like to wish you all the best for the upcoming year. Thank to your generosity, we are happy to let you know that our projects are going very well!

Up to now, the BHP finances the school fees for three sherpa-children.To improve the sherpa culture, BHP decided for the second year, to pay the salary of a professor specialised in sherpa traditions, in the school of Ghunsa.

Tashi Sherpa, brother of Norbu Sherpa, went with Fabienne Debossens, owner of the Cabane Susanfe (CH), in the school of Leptung. The were warmly welcomed by the children!

The project of the school of Palep is going fast and well. Thank to Dawa, member of the nepalese BHP comitee, who’s staying in Palep, we receive lots of informations about the evolution of the construction. We’re also proud to attest that all the steps of this project are approved by the Nepalese authorities (to ensure earthquake resistance standards) and controlled by two engineers, every three weeks.

In november, Andrea Zimmermann-Sherpa and Norbu Sherpa visited the village of Palep, meet some families living there and visited the site of the school.

We’ll let go 2018 with these beautiful pictures and are happy to jump in 2019, full of motivation, energy and happiness. See you soon to discover the projects of BHP!



Shree Palep Primary School Construction!

Namaste & Tashi Delek!!

We did again!! Thank you all for your great love and support.

After completing all the Nepal Government procedure and formalities regarding the construction of Shree Palep Primary School, Kaliska VDC, Rasuwa (Langtang Region), Butterfly-Help-Project is focusing now on the construction of such school. Despite the small terrace land and geographically very challenging landscape, we could manage to proceed with the architecture of the school with the help of Nepal Government (Ministry of Education) coordinated with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (donor of the building design architecture). At the moment, due to the heavy monsoon rains, the access to the school via the motor way is blocked with several landslides. However,A�the Team on place is doing its best to finish the school until early November 2018.

Once again, We, Butterfly-Help-Project Switzerland and Butterfly-Help-Project Nepal, would like to sincerely thank you all for making this dream come true and permit to hundreds of kids to go to school.


The schools of Palep and Leptung wear their new colors painted by two swiss people

Monday 19 March 2018: our Nepalese adventure can finally start! Adrien and myself start discovering Nepal through various schools. All of them are supported, built or on their way to be built by the Butterfly Help Project.


We started with Ghunsa. This Sherpa village is located at 3500 meters above sea level in the Kanchenjunga region (3rd highest mountain in the world). This village is the birthplace of Norbu Sherpa, cofounder of the association. We arrived in Ghunsa after 4 trekking days crossing small typical villages and breathtaking landscapes. A warm welcome was given by the children and the teachers the day after our arrival.

We had the chance to see Sherpa dancers wearing traditional clothes offered by Butterfly and to listen to traditional songs. We also visited the school as well as the boarding school. We also were given a presentation of the actions already achieved by different associations. It was a rewarding experience!

After this wonderful evening and a good night sleep, we came back to school to distribute clothes, teddies and pencils offered by generous donors. It was a particular moment to see how happy they are receiving just a t-shirt. at That kind of moment helps us to put things into perspective and to question ourselves about our life in our country. It was so wonderful to see all children faces with a big smile!

The next days, we started to paint the walls with the help of Tashi Chhumbel Sherpa, our guide and brother of Norbu. We planned to paint 5 walls in 5 classrooms! The main idea was to paint educational and useful drawings for children and teachers. Firstly, we had to apply a light base coat. Then we painted the alphabet and numbers in the nursery school classroom. In the classroom I, we drew a tree and a big flower, so that pupils can learn the different parts that compose them. In the classroom II, a rainbow was created to learn the colors. In the classroom III, we painted the months and linked them with the seasons. Finally, in the last classroom, we drew the tree branches and all the children of the school came to put on their colorful hand to create a multicolored foliage!

We left Ghunsa after wonderful 10 days. We discovered lots of things, especially about Sherpa culture thanks to Tashi who shared anecdotes and childhood memories. Thank you so much!


Our journey takes us to Leptung, a small village located in the district of Dolakha, after 7 hours of driving on chaotic and dusty roads. The Association rebuilt the school destroyed after the 2015 earthquake. A warm welcome was given by the new school principal, Ganesh Karki. During the visit of this new school, we started to imagine future drawings on the wall. The challenge was high; we had only two days remaining to paint in every classroom.

We started on the next day. We were inspired by the educative material to make our paintings in 9 classrooms. Once again, we drew the alphabet and numbers in the nursery school classroom. In the classroom 1, we drew the seasons. In classroom 2, pupils will learn colors thanks to different flowers. We painted the water cycle in the classroom 3.In classroom 4, children will never be late thanks to a clock painted on the wall. In classrooms 5 and 6, mathematics themes appeared. Finally, the solar system as well as animal and plant cells were painted in the last 2 classrooms.

As we had enough time, we decided to paint a tree in blossom on the exterior walls.

Those 3 days were so intense in Leptung. Thanks to Ganesh who welcomes us during our stay, we learnt how to eat, dance and live like a Sherpa! We even had the chance to attend a Hindu festival organized to raise funds in order to build a new temple in the village. It was crazy! We will never forget these moments. Thank you!


Our adventure with the association came to an end in Palep. This village is not so far of the Annapurna region and is located at about 4 hours drive from Kathmandu. Mostly destroyed by the 2015 earthquake, the village is slowly recovering from the disaster. Butterfly Help Project is currently starting to build a new school. The new school will replace the current provisory school which is built with corrugated iron.

During 2 days, we painted 4 walls in the 2 existing classrooms. In the first classroom, we drew a colorful rainbow and the water cycle on one side, and seasons on the other side. In the second classroom, we painted a tree and flowers on one wall, and the famous solar system on the other wall.

The day we left Palep, the inhabitants began to dismantle the building located on the grounds of the future school. We look forward to seeing the evolution of the work!

In conclusion, we experienced a lot of ups and downs but we learned so much leaving alongside the inhabitants, the guides, our hosts or the children. It was really a chance to be able to live this unique experience. People have almost nothing but give so much. This makes us thinking about how we live in our country.

We spent 6 wonderful weeks. In addition to our experiences in these 3 schools, we had the chance to discover Nepal and its breathtaking wonders. We really enjoyed visiting Kathmandu and the crazyness of Thamel, the old town of Bakthapur and Pokhara. It was wonderful! We would like to thank our hosts, the Kanchenjunga Guest House in Ghunsa for your sympathy. We thank Ganesh in Leptung for your hospitality and generosity. Thanks to Wild Yak Expeditions for this customized travel planning. Finally, we would like to thank Butterfly Help Project and more specially Andrea and Norbu for allowing us to go to all these beautiful places. You really do great things and we were so proud to travel on your behalf.


Amandine and Adrien

“For me it was a dream to go there. Thank you to everyone who contributed to make it true.. ”

Amandine Schaffhauser

“I sincerely thank all the people who made this trip possible, especially my girlfriend Amandine for offering me to accompany her. I would have never experienced such an experience without her ”

Adrien Ecoeur

BHP Report 2016

Dispatch by cargo of clothes and other material

In the course of the 2015, a significant collection of clothes and other material was organised by the members of the Association and their supporters. The collected goods were dispatched by cargo and distributed amongst the populations of Palep (end of 2015) and Leptung (beginning of 2016).

The delivery of the materials was organised by the BHP team in Nepal, particularly Norbu Sherpa and his brother Tashi as well as Dawa, who personally went on site in order to organise the distributions to the people from the villages. On this occasion, and as with all other project undertaken in Nepal, the contacts established by Norbu Sherpa have been essential in overcoming the administrative and logistical constraints and ensuring the effective management of the project. Amongst the donations, the pupils of the village of Leptung were provided with equipment donated by the International School Beau-Soleil of Villars-s/-Ollon, Switzerland.

Distribution of warm equipment for the children of Ghunsa school

Situated in the home region of Norbu Sherpa, the school of Ghunsa requested our help with the funding of pupils lunches. BHP committed to donate the sum of CHF 2000 per year in order to guarantee the funding of these meals. In autumn 2016, the pupils have also received warm equipment, especially manufactured by the association.

Construction of the school of Leptung

A major project of BHP, the construction of the school of Leptung, is a success in every aspect. Emanating from the generosity and the close collaboration of Morand Constructions MA�tallique, based in Bulle, and the architecta��s office Comina in Sion, the building embodies the values of the Association: Swiss-Nepalese collaboration, participation of the inhabitants of the village supported by the volunteers from Switzerland, and a place of education opening up perspectives for the future. For this project our partners not only delivered the material and the financial means (transport from Switzerland all the way to Leptung) but they also personally travelled to Nepal to participate in the construction of the foundations and the installation of the building. BHP undertook to provide accommodation, food and other support for the volunteers on site as well as various costs related to the foundations and the salaries of the people working on site.

The project faced additional challenges as the road to the village had been extensively earthquake damaged and had to be repaired in order to be able to deliver the material. BHP also undertook to construct an access road to the village which hadnat existed so far. Both the Swiss and Nepalese skills and competences were called upon and they were fully rewarded at the moment when the green walls of the school rose up from the landscape of Leptung.

Looking forward, 14 class rooms, a sanitary building and a second building, renovated on the basis of the foundations of the former school will be finished in early 2017. BHP has been fortunate to be able to rely on a small group of volunteers, active in the area of construction, who made the journey from Switzerland in order to support the people from the village in the construction of the school. At this juncture we wish to thank those volunteers, from the bottom of our hearts, for their enormous efforts and contribution.

Strengthened by this positive experience BHP is planning its next project which is to build a school in the village of Palep, where many porters live. The Association has already supported a temporary construction, by means of iron sheets, following the earth quake and the planning for a permanent structure is now underway.

Collections of funds, conferences, presentations

In the course of the year 2016, Andrea Zimmermann and Norbu Sherpa have been invited by various different organisations to present the Association, its goals and the current projects. This has resulted in a more and more extensive network of contacts and people who are sensitive to our challenges and that are ready to become engaged, either personally or financially. Be it in the form of donations or by creating new bridges between people, these contributions are the essential basis of the life of our Association and we thank you very much for this from the bottom of our hearts!!

Momo evenings

Norbu Sherpa has also held food events to provide visitors to the Susanfe Hut, situated in the Valais, with the chance to enjoy Momos, a Nepalese gastronomic specialty of steamed raviolis prepared by hand. This has given visitors the chance to discover the Association and also contribute to it  all while enjoying a delicious meal!

Presentations given to humanitarian associations

Andrea Zimmermann has had the opportunity to present the Association and its projects to several welfare institutions in Switzerland.

Sale of cakes and presentation at the Valerette Altiski race

The traditional sale of confectionery, which always takes place at the end of the Valerette Altiski skitouring race, was embellished in 2016 by a Nepalese touch – masala tea, prayer-rugs and pictures of the snow-covered peaks of the Himalaya. This provided an opportunity for the participants of the race and their families to discover the activities of the Association and was organised by Andrea Zimmermann, member of the Team Valerette.

Design of flyers

The new flyer of our Association is intended to present our values, projects, the history of the Association and thereby reinforce our network of contacts who can offer us their support. The flyer can be distributed either in printed version or transmitted online to any interested persons.

The committee of the Butterfly Help Project wishes to very sincerely thank everybody who has contributed their support to our Association. Be it by means of a donation, moral support, a little bit of time, an uplifting word or specific knowledge, you have all contributed to making our Association and allowing us to follow our goals – to provide support and opportunities for the children and their families in this beautiful part of the world: the Himalaya.


The progress of the construction of the Leptung School for 342 Kids

We are happy to announce that the construction of the 7 main classes with the Swiss materials is ultimately finished. A new building and 7 additional classes with local material is under construction. The final touch is currently given to the external toilet building and the waste tank.

The “Swiss” building

The “Swiss” building

The external “Swiss” toilet building

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The “Swiss” building

The “Swiss”external A�toilet building

Waste tank under construction

7 additional rooms constructed with the Nepal Local material

The construction under progress


The construction under progress

Leptung, a green school in the mountain

Construction of the seven classrooms from the Swiss materials is finished along with five toilets room. Seven more rooms and compound walls with the Nepali local material are under construction.