Sir Edmund Hillary image ©Yousuf Karsh/Camera Press | Mt Everest ©Grant Dixon/Hedgehoghouse
THROUGH TEACHER TRAINING, SCHOLARSHIPS AND SCHOOLBOOKS
PRESERVING THE NATURAL BEAUTY
OF THE EVEREST REGION
ENABLING HEALTHCARE IN COMMUNITIES
Sir Edmund Hillary founded the Himalayan Trust in 1960, and ever since then we have been working alongside our friends and partner organisations in Nepal to help the people of the Everest region with health, education and general wellbeing.
The Himalayan Trust is an international non-profit humanitarian organisation working in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal. Our aim is to improve the health, education and general wellbeing of people living in this region—an area where Sir Edmund Hillary first set off to climb Mt Everest and where he ended up spending many years over his lifetime.
“To many Western eyes the Everest region is a place of great beauty and high mountains to be conquered. For the sherpas who live there however, life has few privileges. Medicine and education are scarce, bridges and paths are often destroyed and the forest on which they depend are rapidly depleting.”
“I have had a full life with much happiness and a share of sadness. I have little cause for complaint. If however, some people in New Zealand feel I have made some contribution to the prestige of my country then they could best demonstrate this by continuing modest support to the Himalayan People I have worked with for so many years.”
In Nepal, Sir Ed remains an icon. At village level the Himalayan Trust continues to engage with a new generation of local Nepali people who have been educated in Sir Ed’s schools and are now working to develop the economy of the Solukhumbu district which has Mount Everest on its northern border.