Newsletter 2015

The year 2015 has been one of the busiest years for the Himalayan Trust Nepal (HTN). In addition to its normal project activities, more time and energy were spent on relief activities and inspection of schools for built back better purpose. Many schools supported by Himalayan Trust are damaged needing to be rebuilt with earthquake resilience block. Khunde hospital needs to be rebuilt for better safety in future.

The Himalayan Trust Nepal (HTN AGM) held on 6 September 2015.
• Reporting and evaluation of ongoing HTN educational and health activities
• Treasurer reporting on finances
• Approved 2014 -2015 audit report
• Budget revised and approved for 2015 -2016
• Reappointed auditor for 2015-2016
• Reach MoU between REED Nepal and HTN for EMT and Secondary teacher training
• Reach MoU between Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and Himalayan Trust Nepal
• Appointment of new staff at Kunde Hospital
• Amendment of HTN Project Budget with SWC for 2014 – 2015 and 2015 -2016
• Pass resolution of thanks to all the donors of the Himalayan Trust Nepal

Tender bids for school teaching materials being opened at Trust Office in Kathmandu


As in previous years, the HTN had the pleasure of welcoming number ofoverseas guests including Ms Mandy Stark and Ms Mridu Vats from (MFAT) Dr. Mike Gill, Peter Hillary, Dr. John McKinnon, Dianne McKinnon, Genevieve Strang, Dr. Susan Heydon, Mike Dillon, Prue Smith and Andy Sparrow, Dr. David Murdoch and Dr. Lynley Cook from New Zealand, Chairman, Agostino Da Polenza of Benoit Chamoux Foundation and Deputy Chairperson, Jan Byranes of Grand Circle Foundation Boston were some of the guests visiting during their personal trip to Nepal. Prue Smith visited to the office during these past fiscal years in connection with Nepal AGM, with MFAT officials and with its Chairman, Dr. Mike Gill, before and after the earthquake in Nepal.
Ms. Karen O’ Connor, the president of the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation Canada visited Kathmandu Office in September 2015 and met with the Himalayan Trust Nepal Committee to discuss over Khumbu schools and Khunde Hospital rebuilding issues.
The Himalayan Trust Nepal Executive and members enjoyed the pleasure of meeting and greeting, Chairman Richard C. Blum, President Erica Stone and Vice President Norbu Tenzing at Himalayan Trust office at Dillibazar. They are the long time partners of late Sir Edmund Hillary and a major funder for the Himalayan Trust Nepal since many years.


The members from Himalayan Trust New Zealand and Himalayan Trust Nepal made field visit to Solukhumbu in April 2015. The members include: Dr. Mike Gill, Prue Smith, Micheal Dillon of Australian Himalayan Foundation, Ang Rita Sherpa and Pasang Lama Sherpa from HTN. During this visit, the team had visited the Sotang and Bung and made an observation of the newly built health post in Sotang and Bung and also the original Bung clinic built back in 1989 by Sir Edmund Hillary

On 23rd April, two days prior to the devastating earthquake in Nepal, a meeting was organized for visiting members from Himalayan Trust New Zealand team, Chairman Dr. Mike Gill, Deputy Chairman Dr. Lynley Cook, HTNZ Board member Dr. David Murdoch, General Manager Prue Smith and Himalayan Trust review team Rachael Carter and Jeff Cane. The purpose of this meeting was to share the HTN prepared 5 years strategic plans. The 5th year strategic plan for the community development in Solukhumbu was presented to the members of HTNZ by HTN’s new members.


The last year earthquakes that struck on April 25 and May 12 killed over 18 Nepali and foreigners in the Everest Base Camp. In order to provide education for the boys and girls that they lost their father in Everest, the Himalayan Trust and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) signed memorandum of understanding to support the children. Presently, there are 24 students from primary school to higher Secondary and in bachelor level fully supported by the Chamoux Foundation and over 16 students supported by Himalayan Trust New Zealand, American Himalayan Foundation and Himalayan Trust UK. With a view to explore the best and suitable school as possible, the HTN and NMA officials have visited Bright Horizon Children’s Home, situated 12 kilometer away from the west of Kathmandu, near the idyllic village of Matatirtha (mother earth) and have decided to enroll its future students in this school

Teachers and students engaged in practical teaching

A glance of English Medium teacher training program at Chaurikharka Secondary School, April 2014

Teaching in English medium is challenging yet it is an aspiration of local communities. It aims to shorten the gap between private boarding schools and community schools by uplifting the quality of education in community schools through English medium, keeping intact the local language, culture and tradition for the future generations whilst keeping costs to a minimum. The Himalayan Trust Nepal will give more importance on school-based training keeping teachers and students together in the schools.


This program is in its second year and is conducted through the service of REED Nepal. Jim Strang, one of the board member of Himalayan Trust New Zealand, is an advisor to the training program with the Australian Himalayan Foundation (AHF). The teacher-training program in Solukhumbu district usually commences at the end of School Leaving Certificate SLC examination in April.


Scholarships are usually chosen by the Himalayan Trust Nepal on merit basis. The Himalayan Trust New Zealand, American Himalayan Foundation, Hillary Foundation USA and Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation Canada are the major funders of the scholarship programs. Besides HTN budgeted scholarships, there are also special scholarships offered by individual donors for the higher education of children of their guides. These scholarships are of huge support to the students and parents of villages helping lift the financial burden of attaining the education required for good jobs.Scholarship is open to all for Solukhumbu student. The number of scholarship students in higher secondary level and University level has increased from 100 to over 140 over the last few years.


As mentioned in the project agreement by Social Welfare Council (SWC), the Himalayan Trust has been conducting district level meeting with stakeholders of various government departments in Solukhumbu for discussions, interactions and feedbacks on its ongoing projects. The DPAC meeting was attended by district level government agencies and the members of Himalayan Trust New Zealand and Himalayan Trust Nepal. The members from Himalayan Trust New Zealand include the chairman Dr. Mike Gill and the general manager Ms. Prue Smith, Ang Rita Sherpa chairman, Mr. Pasang Dawa Sherpa the vice chair and the secretary Mr. Pasang Lama Sherpa.


The Central Project Advisory Meeting of the Himalayan Trust was held in Kathmandu on 9 December 2015 in the presence of various representatives from the line Ministries and Himalayan Trust officials


The overall effects of the initial mid-day earthquake on 25 April 2015 (7.6 magnitude) and its continued aftershocks varied greatly across the country. Areas close to the epicenters suffered significant damage, while other areas in the country were nearly unaffected.
The 12th May 2015 (7.1 magnitudes) badly damaged public houses, community schools, hospitals and health clinics in Dolakha, Ramechhap, Solukhumbu and Sindhupalchowk. Most of the infrastructures are beyond repair or needing earthquake resilience rebuilding so they can withstand any future earthquakes.


In response to the earthquake disaster in the Solukhumbu district, Himalayan Trust Nepal held an emergency meeting on April 29thto evaluates the situation of Solukhumbu, to identify immediate long-term priorities. Himalayan Trust Nepal coordinated with partner organizations, District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC), District Education Office (DEO), Chief District Officer (CDO), donor agencies and local school management committees to respond to the disaster from frequent shocks.

On 10th May another HTN meeting was held as a follow up on the discussions of the previous meeting. The desired outcome of the discussion was to appoint a Project Manager and engineers on fixed term contract; discuss the current situation with DDMC, CDO and DEO. HTN are to coordinate reconstruction from Salleri up to the top of the Khumbu region. There will be a single report for the rebuilding effort and it is expected that additional support staff will be required.

For immediate relief,total of 992 tarpaulins were delivered to earthquake victims in Solukhumbu. In the first week of June, a number of sleeping bags and tents were also sent to the most affected area of Solukhumbu district. The HTN also coordinated with other local stakeholders for distribution of relief materials.

Mr. Jeff Cane, Ms. Rachael Carter and Mr. Lhakpa Sherpa visited the spots to assess the preliminary damages of the Himalayan Trust supported cluster schools in the Khumbu and Solu regions. A project manager, Dr. Mingma Norbu Sherpa, civil engineers Mr. Rup Bahadur Rawal and Mr. Sunil Shrestha and Himalayan Trust Nepal Training Coordinator Mr. Mahendra Bahadur Kathet, Mr. Ishworman Rai and HT district coordinator Nava Bhujel worked very hard walking for many days to reach valley of Solukhumbu district to assess the damages, create plans for Temporary Learning Classes (TLC) and prepare structural designs for future reconstruction project.

As per the team’s assessment, most houses were destroyed in Thame and Thameteng. All people were engaged in rebuilding and repairing of their homes to have completed before the start ofmonsoon season. Thame, Phortse, Pangboche and Monju witnessed acute shortages of skilled laborers causing delays in the repairing of school. Because of this, school ran classes for a number of weeks in tents. The demand for skilled, semi skilled and general workers were huge not only in Solukhumbu but throughout Nepal.


The immediate needs were tarpaulins and tents for schools and the residents of Solukhumbu. The meeting of the Himalayan Trust decided to send the relief materials as soon as possible. Tents and tarpaulins were in high demand and ran out of stock in Kathmandu. The HTN managed to get few hundred tarpaulins. Over 200 tarpaulins were supplied to the District Disaster Management Committee in Solu; 630 tarpaulins were sent to Kunde Khumjung Relief Group for distribution in three VDC of Chaurikharka, Namche and Khumjung; 150 tarpaulins from Himalayan Trust Nepal and 150 tarpaulins from Himalayan Disaster Relief Volunteer Group through Jemima Diki Sherpa were sent to Junbesi to be distributed by Himalayan Yeti Club of Junbesi in and around the area of Junbesi, Beni, Bakanje and Thuptencholing.

Relief materials received from Himalayan Trust (NZMFAT) were distributed to Goli Gompa, Kunde Hospital, Khumjung School, Junbesi, Garma handicapped school, Sotang School, resident of Waku, resident of Kerung and Lukla Gompa monks. The materials were distributed by representative of REED Nepal and Himalayan Trust Nepal through District Disaster Management Committee in Solu.

Camp beds for Sotang school student (as per most affected list of DDRC) Recipients from most affected victims of Waku, Kerung and Bung.

Relief materials received from Himalayan Trust UK were sent to Goli VDC of Solukhumbu to be distributed by REED Nepal trainers in Chaulakharka, Goli and Bakanje area.In this event of national disaster, a feeling of solidarity was seen amongst the Nepali educated youths of rural and urban areas. A sense of oneness has emerged with everyone joining forces to help the needy people in their respective villages and districts irrespective of caste, creeds, religion or any political affiliations. The role of the Nepalese army and security forces has been praiseworthy. The participation of youths had given the country a sense of unity in times of instability in the nation. The solidarity of the international community to help overcome the natural disaster of Nepal was highly commendable.

Presently, Himalayan Trust Nepal has been supporting the repair work of many schools and help building Temporary Learning Class (TLC) and designing structural designs for reconstruction of the worst hit schools of Khumjung, Namche, Chaurikharka, Juving, Taksindu, Waku, Beni, Salleri, Tamakhani, Goli, Salleri and Bakanje VDCs of Solukhumbu district. Most schools have completed building TLCs and areoperating regular classes by the third week of June 2015.


  1. Thirty-two schools were assessed, 12 schools got TLCs and 10 schools received support to repair damaged blocks.
  2. A coordination meeting was conducted in DEO and contract with DEO was signed for building TLC, repair damaged blocks and conduct structural survey.
  3. Could make a field visit with the District Education Officer Mr. Bir Bahadur Khadka to Lukla Lower Secondary and Mahendra Jyoti Higher Secondary Schools.
  4. Also held a coordination meeting of Surke Primary and Janasewa Lower Secondary Schools at Lukla for the immediate management and future rebuilding planning of the schools.

Building and maintenance of Temporary Learning Class (TLC/Toilets)

Sn School Name TLC Toilet Temporary Repair Cost Status
1 Khumjung School 1 By school 525,000 Completed
2 Namche school 1 School rooms 275000 Completed
3 Thame LS 2 1 School rooms & teacher’s quarter 412000 Completed
4 Phortse School 1 2 School rooms& toilets 150000 Completed
5 Pangboche School 1 1 School rooms& toilets 46210 Completed
6 Manjushree Lura 1 1 School rooms 75000 Completed
7 Pike Loding School 1 1 School rooms &toilets 75000 Completed
8 Junbesi School 1 School toilets 50000 Completed
9 Juving LS School 1 School rooms 100000 Completed
10 Bupsa PS School 1 School rooms 100000 Completed
11 Balbikash Chhulyamu 1 School rooms 25000 Completed
12 Bakanje School 1 School rooms 50000 Completed
13 Goli LS School 2 1 School toilets 100000 Completed
14 Chiwang School 1 School toilets 50000 Completed
15 Saraswati LS Salyan 1 School toilets 50000 Completed
16 Jwalamai Tamakhani 1 School toilets 50000 Completed
17 Janasewa LS Gumila 1 1 School rooms 52000 Completed
18 Lumukarma Goli 1 School rooms 25000 Completed
19 Ramailojyoti LS 1 Toilets 75000 Completed
20 Dechen Choling School 2 1 Rooms and toilet 225000 Completed

Repair of some of the schools for (TLC) after the earthquakes


One Project Manager and Co-efficient Consultancy Firm represented by three structural engineers were hired as consultants on a fixed contract to assess the earthquake damaged schools and to help organize school and local SMC in rebuilding the school, making temporary learning centers to operate classes in its project areas by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the District Education Office of Salleri.

Quality education is the key for Nepal’s recovery and we must ensure that it continues to be a priority in the emergency response and long-term recovery plans. HTN’s technical team represented by two civil engineers, project manager, teacher’s training coordinators, district program coordinator and two Himalayan Trust New Zealand independent education consultants assessed 32 schools of Solukhumbu. Among the 32 schools, 26 schools got support to build TLCs.

The HTN technical teamin extensive consultation with the local communities, school management committees, teachers, district education office, department of Education, partner organizations identified two best models of designs to the schools of Solukhumbu. The first most prefer one is the Load Bearing Wall System for ground floor block and the second design is RCC (re-enforcement) system for two floor blocks. The planning team on the basis of field research, community interest, availability of building materials, climatic condition, number of students and Nepal Government/Department of Education’s policy helped design earthquake resilientblock. The designs, once approved by the Department of Education and Department of Urban Development and Building Construction will be made available to schools and the donors for further discussion and implementation. Himalayan Trust Nepal is actively coordinating with potential donors, partner organizations, Department of Education, District Education Office, SMCs and local communities in the process of planning and implementation phases of the building back better schools.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Department of Education (DoE) and Himalayan Trust Nepal has been signed on 14th December 2015 for reconstruction of permanent schools building under the turnkey project in earthquake affected Solukhumbu District.

Fourteen (14) schools will be reconstructed permanently consisting of seventy nine (79) class rooms with WASH facilities wherever necessary and school stakeholders including teachers/students and construction related workers will be capacitated about the prevention of the natural disaster.

List of school to be rebuilt in 2016:

Sn. Name of School Address No. of class room for reconstruction Permanent/Semi Permanent Remarks
1 Goli Lower Secondary School Goli Gypsoa


2 Lumukarma Primary School Goli


3 Junbesi Secondary School Beni Dudhkunda


4 Pike Secondary School Loding Tamakhani Dudhkunda


5 Jwalamai Primary School Loding, Tamakhani maintenance
6 Beni Lower Secondary School Beni, Dudhkunda


7 Janajagriti HS School Salleri, Dudhkunda



School to be rebuilt in 2017

Sn. Name of School Address No. of class room for reconstruction Permanent/Semi Permanent Remark
1 Khumjung High School Khumjung VDC


Permanent 4 room hostel & 1 ECED
2 Thame LS  Namche VDC


Permanent 6 Class rooms
3 Phortse Primary School Khumjung VDC


4 Yuba Barsha LSS Monju, Chaurikharka


5 Janasewa LS School Sanogumela


6 Dudhkoshi LS School Bumburi, Juving


7 Bupsa LS School Bupsa, Juving


8 Juving Secondary School Juving



Funding commitment received from the following donors for the reconstruction of schools and Khunde Hospital
Himalayan Trust New Zealand and Himalayan Trust UK
Grand Circle Foundation Boston
Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation Canada
Greater Himalayas Foundation
Association Ventus Spei, Zurich
Bergretter Helfen Im Himalaya, Austria
Nepal Hilfe


Dr. Kami Temba doctor in-charge at Khunde Hospital 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.
Dr. Kami Temba emphasized that as per standards set by the Health Ministry, the hospital is in need of additional qualified staff including a staff nurse and one radiographer to ensure that the hospital runs smoothly. 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 2014/2015.


In April 2015, Phaplu Hospital turns 25 years since Sir Edmund Hillary –Stiftung Germany supported through Himalayan Trust Nepal.During this occasion, the chairwomen of Sir Edmund Hillary StiftungMs. Ingrid Versen and her board members were present in the celebration at Phaplu Hospital.

CDO of Solukhumbu presents letter of appreciation to the Chairwomen of Sir Edmund Hillary -Stiftung

Sherpa dance performed by the welcoming committee and district personalities paying respect to late Sir Edmund Hillary

Dr. Soosita from Phaplu hospital organized the camp

Newborn babies Hand prolapsed

HTN AGM in 2015
With thanks, the Himalayan Trust Nepal acknowledges 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
Naulekh Poyan Foundation
Benoit Chamoux Foundation
Greater Himalayas Foundation
Happy New Year

Himalayan Trust Nepal
December 20152016