Ever since the 1960s when Sir Edmund Hillary built the first schools and hospitals in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal, the Himalayan Trust has been working with friends and partners to reduce poverty and build the resilience of local communities in the Everest foothills.

With your support, we can open up new opportunities for young people by improving the quality of schooling and training. We provide teaching resources and equipment, training for teachers and scholarships for local school children – including the children of the porters who died in the 2014 Everest Avalanche.

We are improving the health and wellbeing of people in remote mountain villages by helping people to access medical care and investing in safe drinking water.

We are helping communities to recover after the devastating 2015 earthquakes, rebuilding over 150 classrooms, as well as student hostels and toilet blocks at 33 damaged schools, including some of the most remote schools in the region. The new buildings have been designed to provide seismic resistance, while using traditional building styles and techniques. Wherever possible, construction is making use of recycled and locally available materials. Work at all 33 schools is on track for completion in early 2018.