Newsletter 2013

The year 2013 has been a busy and fruitful for the Himalayan Trust in Nepal.  The normal integrated project activities on education, health, environment, cultural preservation and upkeep of the school sectors in Mt. Everest region of Solukhumbu continued with the coordination, cooperation and support of all the concerned stakeholders and donors.

EDUCATION


Over many years, the Himalayan Trust has been continuously supporting the schools in Solukhumbu district. The support in 2013 mainly consisted of:

  • Stationery supplies for over 6400 students
  • Additional local teachers to support English medium teaching
  • English Medium Teacher training Program
  • In-school support, teacher training, SMC & parents’ workshop
  • School visits by trainers/ Trust officials
  • School maintenance and upkeep on priority basis and community partnership
  • Scholarships for the students of Solukhumbu district on merit basis.

School Assessment and Teacher Training

The Himalayan Trust Nepal Committee members visited many schools in Solukhumbu to interact with teachers, parents, guardians and district stakeholders and observe the physical condition of the schools and provided feedback and suggestions through reports. In addition to Nepal Committee visits, many Trust officials from New Zealand and UK have visited the school and observed training program.

English Medium Teacher Training Program

In April, 79 teachers from 14 schools of Khumjung, Namche and Chaurikharka VDS took part for English medium teaching training program for 15 days. Himalayan Trust Nepal and REED Nepal team conducted the training program with volunteer support from New Zealand and Australian teacher trainers. Jim Strang coordinated the training program in Chaurikharka.  English medium teaching, desired by the local community and a challenge accepted by the teachers, is a new program for the Himalayan Trust. Here the resources of the donors and energies of the trainers are translated into action to materialize the success of this pilot project.

There is no private boarding school in Khumbu. The aim of this project is to retain the students of community schools from leaving the villages at an early age for English medium schools in Kathmandu or elsewhere. Early childhood retention will ultimately help to preserve local language, culture and tradition. The parents in the mountain region will be relieved from expensive education in the name of English medium school elsewhere. The students will be equipped with good English knowledge so that they may not face difficulty in English curriculum while in colleges or universities after schooling.

The prime objective of the Himalayan Trust has been to train the teachers in coordination with REED Nepal, NCED, District Education Office and its local partner organizations in improving the quality of teaching in the schools of Solukhumbu for academic excellence. From this school session 2014, Secondary Teacher Training Program will be held in Salleri Solukhumbu right after the completion of SLC exam through REED Nepal.

Over 120 scholarships are given to students of Solukhumbu district in higher secondary and in bachelor level on various subjects. Most of the students study in Kathmandu on the subjects that are not available in Solukhumbu. Kabindra Rai from Khumjung High School stood Solukhumbu District Top in the SLC result of 2013. Similarly, Radhika Tamang from Mount Everest Boarding school stood second in the District.

Himalayan Trust Scholarships
2012/2013

A comparative table of student enrolment for stationery distribution in 2013

Year

2010

2011

2012

2013

Cluster  school Boy Girl Total Boy Girl Total Boy Girl Total Boy Girl Total
Khumjung

289

280

569

288

277

565

264

275

539

273

274

547

Chaurikharka

554

551

1105

560

539

1099

491

493

984

463

474

937

Kharikhola

779

801

1580

699

706

1405

620

688

1308

648

702

1350

Taksindu

412

419

831

440

420

860

335

357

692

325

340

665

Junbesi

467

393

860

446

428

874

437

390

827

365

342

 708

Salleri 1+2

747

780

1527

812

848

1660

756

853

1609

764

752

1516

Bung School

341

360

701

321

301

622

376

342

718

328

342

 670

Total students

7173

7085

6677

6393

63 schools are grouped into 7 clusters as under

Sn. Cluster Name Primary School Lower Secondary School High School Total Schools
1 Khumjung Cluster

4

1

1

6

2 Chaurikharka Cluster

6

1

1

8

3 Kharikhola Cluster

8

1

1

10

4 Taksindu Cluster

8

1

1

10

5 Junbesi Cluster

8

1

2

11

6 Salleri Clusters 1 & 2

13

3

1

17

7 Bung High School

0

0

1

1

Total Schools

63

HT Nepal meetings

In 2013, three official meetings were held.  In addition, a number of informal meetings were conducted during the visits of Himalayan Trust Nepal guests from overseas countries. The meeting held in January 2013 approved many petitions from schools for maintenance, furniture, roof sheets, toilets and upkeep work of the schools, community drinking water and community cultural site renovation

Himalayan Trust Nepal Committee members, Thukten Sherpa and Mrs. Dawa Phuti Sherpa visited New Zealand with their spouse Mrs. Ang Doka Sherpa and Mr. Ang Pasang Sherpa of Lukla Paradise hotel. They were in Australia in connection with their sons’ graduation ceremony.  The four Sherpa visited the north and south island of New Zealand widely on the invitation of Himalayan Trust New Zealand Board members. They were the guests from Nepal during fund raising event of Himalayan Trust New Zealand in Christchurch and Auckland.

Kunde Hospital

Dr. Kami Temba always attends the formal meeting of the Himalayan Trust Nepal well representing Khunde Hospital and its peripheral health clinics. He presented yearly medical reports to the committee members and sent the same to the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation in Canada. Monthly medical report of Kunde Hospital is always sent to District Health Office in Salleri through mail runner. Discussion took place over the students who are receiving medical scholarships from Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation Canada.  Dr. Kami opined that in future, there should not be any problem as there are several young Sherpa students in medical University for future sustainability of doctors at Kunde Hospital. Under Dr. Kami Temba’s supervision, Kunde hospital has been efficiently managed and delivered health services for over 9,000 patients in Mt. Everest region during 2012/2013.

Kunde Hospital is serving remote Khumbu region through the financial support of Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation Canada.  The local people and beneficiary groups have highly appreciated the support in the region.  Medical services provided by Kunde hospital can be viewed in the website of the Himalayan Trust Nepal.

Solu Hospital Phaplu
As per the spirit of Agreement with the Solu Hospital Phaplu Development Board, important drugs are sent twice a year in winter and before the start of the monsoon rains. The medicines are ordered by the doctor in charge of Solu hospital. Phaplu Hospital is financially supported by Sir Edmund Hillary – Stiftung.  In the meantime a nursing staff of Phaplu hospital is being given one year anesthetist training with full scholarship at Mission hospital in Gorkha by the Trust who will later join the hospital after training.

DPAC Meeting
The District Development Committee meetings at Salleri district headquarter is usually attended by Nava Bahadur Bhujel on behalf of Himalayan Trust Nepal to discuss the program and budget of the Himalayan Trust Nepal. The District Project Advisory Committee meeting was convened by Pasang Lama, the Chief Administrative Officer and Thukten Sherpa, the treasurer of the Himalayan Trust Nepal.

Golden Jubilee of Trust built schools
The first school built by the Himalayan Trust in Khumjung village celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. A number of schools have celebrated their golden Jubilees:   Kharikhola High school at the end of 2011 followed by Taksindu High School in February 2013. Junbesi Secondary celebrated its grand 50th anniversary in April 2013 and Thami Lower Secondary School celebrated in June 2013. Gumilla Lower Secondary School is nearing 50th anniversary. The Himalayan Trust is committed to continuous support to uplift the quality of education in these schools.

Appointment
The Himalayan Trust office in Kathmandu has appointed Mr. Dawa Tshering Sherpa of Khumjung village as an Office Assistant to look after the day to day work of the Trust. Mr. Dawa Tshering has studied on a Himalayan Trust scholarship. He looks after the scholarship program of the Himalayan Trust Nepal.

Overseas visitors
Spring and autumn seasons remained busy with many visitors coming for trek in Nepal. Mary Lowe from Himalayan Trust UK, Hilary Carlile, Roger Goodman, Peter Hillary, Yvonne Hillary, Dr. Mike Gill, Prue Smith,  Jim Strang and Janette Strang from New Zealand and Richard Blum, Erica Stone and Norbu Tenzing from American Himalayan Foundation were some of the important guests of the Himalayan Trust Nepal

60th Anniversary of ascent of Mt. Everest
The 60th Diamond Jubilee of ascent of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay was celebrated by the Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Mountaineering Association, and Trekking Agents’ Association of Nepal and jointly by New Zealand Ambassador and British Ambassador at British Embassy in Kathmandu.  The Nepal Tourism Board organized a national program in Khumjung on 26th May and 29th May in Kathmandu to mark this special occasion.  Khumjung High School organized various social and environmental activities to celebrate Mt. Everest Diamond Jubilee from 26th May to 29th May.

The guest of honor, Tengboche Rimpoche graciously attended the celebration of Mt. Everest Diamond Jubilee at Khumjung School and Hillary Park. Khumjung celebration was attended by the Ambassador of New Zealand, H.E Jan Henderson, Hilary Carlile, Deputy Chair of Himalayan Trust New Zealand, Roger Goodman and the Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism. The local stakeholders Pemba Tshering SMC Chairman of Khumjung School, Khumjung School teaching staff, students, Dr. Kami and Dr. Lhakpa Norbu and Pasang Dawa, Chairman and vice chairman of Khumjung Alumni Association took active part in the celebration.

In Kathmandu, world famed mountaineers were honored on this special historic occasion. Hilary Carlile, late Sir Ed’s niece (Deputy Chairman of the Himalayan Trust) and Amelia Hillary, Peter Hillary’s daughter represented late Sir Edmund Hillary and grandson, Tashi Tenzing represented late Tenzing Norgay at this grand celebration in Kathmandu. The importance of first human victory over Mt. Everest will ever remain as long as the Mount Everest is there.

HT Nepal AGM
The Annual General meetings of Himalayan Trust Nepal held in September 2013 were attended by Miss Elizabeth Hawley, the country representative of HTNZ, Chairman of Himalayan Trust New Zealand Dr. Mike Gill and its new General Manager, Prue Smith.

The AGM discussed and reviewed over the project activities. Approval of Audit report 2012/2013, appointment of auditor and budget amendment for the fiscal year 2013/2014 were endorsed by the meeting. Similarly the budget of Himalayan Trust scholarships for 2013/2014 fiscal year was approved in the meeting.

The meeting also discussed and agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding between the Himalayan Trust Nepal and REED Nepal an NGO for conducting secondary teacher training program in Solukhumbu district from April 2014. The Himalayan Trust Nepal Annual General Meeting passed a resolution of thanks to all the donors who have supported the Himalayan Trust over decades. A Committee member, Tashi Jangbu Sherpa thanked Himalayan Trust New Zealand, Richard Blum of American Himalayan Foundation, Zeke O’ Connor of Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, Canada, Larry Witherbee of Hillary Foundation USA, Ms Ingrid Versen of Sir Edmund Hillary Stiftung Germany and HT (UK) for their continued support.

AHF Meeting
Informal Meeting was held with the Chairman of the American Himalayan Foundation, Richard Blum and his visiting team in Kathmandu.  The Himalayan Trust Nepal Committee always enjoys the privilege of seeing them in Kathmandu. They have been the major supporter for the educational program of the Himalayan Trust in Solukhumbu over decades.

AGM in New Zealand
The Chairman of the Himalayan Trust New Zealand, Dr. Mike Gill invited the Chief Administrative Officer of the Himalayan Trust Nepal, Mr. Pasang Sherpa Lama and the Finance Officer, Mr. Baween Raj Tandukar to the annual general meeting of the Himalayan Trust in New Zealand in November 2013.

CPAC Meeting
The Director of the Social Welfare Council presided over the Central Project Advisory Committee Meeting of the Himalayan Trust held in October 2013.

The mid-term evaluation of the Himalayan Trust projects in Solukhumbu district has been carried out by Social Welfare Council of Nepal in December 2013.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT WITH THANKS

The Himalayan Trust Nepal acknowledges with thanks the financial support of the following organizations for its ongoing projects in Solukhumbu district.

Himalayan Trust New Zealand and its major funder NZMFAT
Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, Canada
The American Himalayan Foundation
Hillary Foundation USA
Sir Edmund Hillary Stiftung- Germany
Himalayan Trust UK

Namaste and Tashi-Delekh!
Himalayan Trust Nepal
Kathmandu
31 December 2013