Our work

Since the 1960s when Sir Ed built the first school in the Everest region, New Zealanders have been working through the Himalayan Trust to reduce poverty, improve education and health, and bring safe water to remote communities in Nepal.

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. Over half the population live on $3 a day or less. Many families often need to walk for hours to reach basic services like safe water, health care and schools. With the ongoing support of New Zealanders, we’re working to change this and transform lives in the Everest region.

What we do

Health Matters

We have been working to improve access to healthcare for communities in the Everest region for over 60 years.

Tools to learn

We support over 60 schools with essential resources and materials, as well as scholarships to enable children to complete their education.

Give water, give life

We improve access to safe water in remote mountain villages , improving health for whole communities for years to come.

Future proofing

We provide scholarships for young people to develop the next generation of leaders, teachers and health workers. We also provide scholarships for children of the victims of the avalanche that struck Everest in 2014.

Earthquake Rebuild

Following the devastating earthquakes in 2015, we provided emergency relief and over the following three years, rebuilt 150 earthquake-strengthened classrooms at 36 schools.

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Help change lives in Nepal

A little of what we have achieved together last year

6500
CHILDREN BENEFITTED FROM ESSENTIAL BOOKS AND STATIONARY
150
150 EARTHQUAKE-STRENGTHENED CLASSROOMS COMPLETED AT 36 SCHOOLS
2
TWO RESERVOIR WATER TANKS AND SAFE WATER SYSTEM COMPLETED IN MUSEY VILLAGE
86
TEACHERS BENEFITTED FROM COACHING TO IMPROVE TEACHING QUALITY

Nepal in Numbers

Understanding the prevalence of poverty

29 Million

The population of Nepal. Despite being a tiny landlocked country squeezed in between China and India, the population lives across extremes in topography and climate. 

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147 out of 187

Nepal is low on the UN Human Development Index—measuring a combination of life expectancy, education, and income (New Zealand ranks 7th).

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27 percent

The proportion of Nepalis that have access to basic sanitation. The majority rely on rivers, often polluted for their drinking supply, bathing and washing clothes. 

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$2 a day

The average annual income in Nepal is US$377. By comparison, New Zealand’s per capita income is around $30,000. 

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