NEWSLETTER 2010

As the Himalayan Trust is about to enter into the second year after passing away of Sir Edmund Hillary, we pay our homage to him and begin our Annual Newsletter with his words:

Sir Edmund Hilary

“I have been fortunate enough to be involved in many exciting adventures. But when I look back over my life, I have little doubt that the most worthwhile things I have done have not been standing on the summit of mountains or at the South and North Poles, great experiences though they were. My most important projects are building and maintaining schools, medical clinics for my good friends in the Himalaya and helping with their beautiful monasteries, too. These are the things I always remember.”

Project Newsletter for 2009

The Himalayan Trust family in Nepal would like to send our best wishes and greetings for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year of 2010. We like to thank to all for the continued support which has enabled us to accomplish the work of the Himalayan Trust in Solukhumbu District. We like to share with you some of the special achievements of our work during the year of 2009. One of the most challenging work is to deliver more than 5 tons of educational supplies to our 63 schools in time and this have been well achieved and because of this, the five high schools among the 63 schools have produced the best SLC results in Solukhumbu and high rate of enrollment of students of both genders in every class. SLC result is taken as a reliable mean for the measurement of the quality of education in the schools.

Heaps of school supplies being packed and addressed to go to the respective schools

As there are no motor roads to Solukhumbu, all transportation means for the schools supplies are either porters or mules walking for several days from Jiri, the nearest road from Kathmandu or from Lukla airport.
This year, 27 schools have been provided with whiteboards for all the classes to replace the blackboards. The rest of the schools will be supplied with whiteboards in 2010.
Whiteboards are being packed properly to protect from getting damaged during transportation. The Himalayan Trust also provided financial assistance to build toilets for the Taksindu High School, necessary materials for the maintenance work for Gyapchua School and classrooms furniture for Juving school. This year Himalayan Trust supplied roofsheets for teachers’ resource center built by District Education office at Chaurikharka School.
New toilets built at Taksindu High Schools New desks and benches for Juving School
Teachers’ resource center at Chaurikharka New furniture & wall paneling at Phaplu School
Scholarships: Himalayan Trust provides every year 12 to 14 scholarships for specified subjects for students pursuing for higher education in colleges after they passed SLC from High Schools in Solukhumbu District with good grades. The subjects specified are Science, Hotel Management, Nursing, Education, Forestry, Agriculture and few vocational training in Electricity, carpentry, Thanka painting and weaving and tailoring. Scholarships are also provided for Bachelor and Master Level for students who are studying Education as their principal subjects. These students should have interest and commitments to go and work in the schools in Solukhumbu after their studies.

Shyam Krishna Pradhan Memorial Scholarships:

Shyam Krishna Pradhan worked 33 years as teacher and Headmaster in Khumjung School and died suddenly in 1998. The Ex-Students from Khumjung School raised sufficient funds and established the Shyam Krishna Pradhan Memorial Scholarships since 1999. Three scholarships are provided every year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships with Rs. 10,000 are: Mr. Nima Nuru Sherpa from Khumjung School who scored highest in SLC in Solukhumbu among the boys and Rs. 10,000 to Miss Saleena Shrestha from Mount Everest Boarding School, Salleri scoring highest mark in SLC in Solukhumbu among girl students. Mr. Nima Nuru also received Rs. 5,000 as the top student in SLC from Khumjung School. These both students are studying with Science subjects in Kathmandu and both of them also receive scholarships from the Himalayan Trust as the best students from Solukhumbu.
Award distribution on 8th November 2009. Saleena Shrestha and Nima Nuru Sherpa
In the Health services, our two hospitals Kunde and Phaplu have provided the best available services to the patients. Dr. Kami Temba at Kunde Hospital and Dr. Pawan Jung Rayamaji and two assistant doctors are the valuable assets for these two hospitals for maintaining the quality of services for the local community. Dr. Kami Temba is being assisted by his son, Dr. Tshering Wangdi Sherpa. It is the first time that father and son working as doctors at Kunde Hospital. Dr. Kami has also attended several fund raising functions in Canada in November as key speaker for the functions. Dr. Rayamaji is a gynecologist and his skill and knowledge has saved hundreds of lives of mothers and babies at Phaplu Hospital.

Dr. Kami Temba Sherpa and Dr. Tshering Wangdi Sherpa at Kunde Hospital.

A team of doctors conducting emergency cesarean operation at Phaplu Hospital.

The Himalayan Trust also supported with Sherpa Culture Preservation work this year. The Trust provided financial support for the rebuilding of the Namche Gomba courtyard. Financial support was provided to Lukla Kempgun Gompa for preservation of cultural costumes and religious artifacts. The Himalayan Trust also helped to record and produced a DVD with Sherpa songs and dances which will be helpful for the younger generations to retain the rich Sherpa culture in future.

Preserved artifacts at Lukla Kempgun Gompa

Namche Gompa courtyard rebuilding. Recording of the Sherpa songs and dance.

Nepal visitors in 2009:

We had the opportunity to welcome several important visitors in Nepal during the year. Lady June Hillary visited Nepal in April as a part of her responsibility as the Chairman of the Himalayan Trust to monitor the Himalayan Trust work in Nepal and also to discuss important matters with the members of the Sherpa Committee which execute the Himalayan Trust work in Solukhumbu. She was accompanied by her daughter, Susan Hayman and Larry Witherbee, the President of Hillary Foundation, USA.

Lady June Hillary being welcomed by Sherpa friends in Kathmandu.

In September, Zeke O’Connor and his daughter, Karen O’Connor who is now the President of the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation in Canada have visited Nepal. They both had useful discussions with the staff of Kunde Hospital, Sagarmatha Forestry Project and Adult Education and Women Literacy Classes in Salleri. These projects are all supported by the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation of Canada.

Zeke O’Connor and Karen O’Connor

In October, Richard C. Blum, Chairman, Erica Stone, President and Norbu Tenzing, Vice President of the American Himalayan Foundation have visited Nepal to see projects and meet the people involved in the projects supported by the Foundation. During this visit, the team also made a successful ascent on the top of Gokyo Ri (5,500 m.) in the Everest region. Congratulation to Richard Blum for successfully getting on the top of Gokyo Ri without any physical problem at the age of 74 years. Wonderful stamina and determination. The American Himalayan Foundation is the major donor for the work of the Himalayan Trust for many years.
The proof of the successful ascent of Gokyo Ri by the American Himalayan Foundation team, Chhewang Bista, nephew of the king of Mustang and Ang Rita Sherpa.
The meeting of the Himalayan Trust Sherpa Committee with Richard Blum, Erica and Norbu Tenzing in Kathmandu. In October, Christian and Bettina Siempelkamp with their daughter, Tara came to Nepal. When Christian and Bettina were getting married, they have requested their friends to give donations for the work of the Himalayan Trust in Nepal instead of bringing wedding gifts. It has been very successful and they raised substantial amount and gave to the Sir Edmund Hillary Stiftung, Germany. They have now become close friends with Ingrid Versen, Chairman of the German Foundation.
Christian, Bettina and Tara with Pasang in Kathmandu.
Dr. Mike Gill, Himalayan Trust Council Member and Mike Dillon came to see us in Dilli Bazar Trust Office in December. We had enjoyed several cups of tea and lots of talks on old histories of their visits in Nepal with Sir Edmund Hillary. They are in Nepal to make a film on the Sotang area Teacher Training Program with the funding from Australian Himalayan Foundation.

General News:

On 11 October, the statues of Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay and Boris have been officially installed at the premise of Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. The statues are erected to pay respect to these people who have contributed much in the promotion of Nepal.

Himalayan Trust Mid-Term Evaluation by Social Welfare Council:

As provisioned in the agreement between the Himalayan Trust and Social Welfare Council, a five member team of experts visited most of the Himalayan Trust Projects in the Khumbu region in early May for the Mid Term Evaluation of our five years agreement. The final report was very positive and every one was impressed with our work.
Evaluation team at Kunde with hospital staff.
In May 2009, Ang Rita Sherpa, Chief Administrative Officer and his wife visited UK at the invitation of the Himalayan Trust UK. Ang Rita did a presentation on the work of the Himalayan Trust in the Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture at Royal Geography Society. They also attended the Himalayan Trust UK Board Meeting in Derbyshire.
Ang Rita with the Himalayan Trust UK Trustees in Derbyshire.
The Rimpoche of Thame Monastery was sick from last few years. He had been suffering from kidney problem and breathed his last in November at a hospital in Kathmandu. He was cremated at Thame. He is greatly missed by Khumbu people and all friends known to him. His body was flown to Thame from Kathmandu with traditional Buddhist ceremony.
The Himalayan Trust Annual General Meeting was held in Auckland on 14 October, 2009. From Nepal, Ang Rita Sherpa, Pasang Sherpa Lama and Baween Tandukar attended the meeting.
The Himalayan Trust AGM in Auckland.
We look forward for a prosperous and peaceful New Year of 2010 for all of you.