New Zealand’s legendary mountaineer and philanthropist Late Sir Edmund Hillary deserve the credit for not only bringing about socio-economic changes in the Khumbu region but also making Nepal known to the outside world as a preferred adventure tourism destination.
In 1960 local Sherpa people of Khumjung asked New Zealand Climber Sir Edmund Hillary if he would build a school for their children. In response to that request, Sir Ed opened the first small classroom at Khumjung in 1961 and sparked the light of education in Solukhumbu. More than fifty years later, access to local schooling has transformed hundreds of lives and offered bright new possibilities for children of the region.
The Khumjung School Management Committee and local community have decided to preserve the history of Sir Ed and his legacy through the establishment of “Sir Edmund Hillary’s Schoolhouse in the Clouds Visitor Center” in the first-ever built two-room aluminum building. This proposed visitor center will be equipped with documentation and interpretation of his great humanitarian works initiated since the 1960s. There is rarely anyone in the Solukhumbu who are not benefited from the great humanitarian initiatives in the field of education, health, culture preservation, environment protection, and livelihood improvement through Himalayan Trust. Since Khumjung attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year, the visitor center can generate income for the sustainability of Sir Ed’s first school.
OBJECTIVES TO THE VISITOR CENTER
- To educate the younger generation about Sir Ed and his contribution
- To provide historical information about Sir Ed and his projects to national and international visitors
- To present the center as a tourist attraction and generate income to the school and local community
- To develop the center as an educational learning center for Khumbu schools
We have started renovating the building with necessary maintenance work by forming a local User Committee and the progress is impressive. We are planning to establish and inaugurate the center on the occasion of the Khumjung School’s Diamond Jubilee in May 2021.
Historical Aluminium Building under maintenance
Preliminary Concept of SIR EDMUND HILLARY’S SCHOOLHOUSE IN THE CLOUDS VISITOR CENTER
The school management committee is being assisted by the NZ project team for help with fundraising and establishment of the center. Responsibilities will be shared between the New Zealand and Nepal project teams.
The Schoolhouse Visitor Center Project Team (Himalayan Trust New Zealand)
Steering Committee: Peter Hillary, Sarah Hillary, Dr. Mike Gill, Diane McKinnon
Curator: Alexa Johnston
Designer: Rick Pearson, Architect
Fundraising Committee in Kathmandu (Himalayan Trust Nepal)
Coordinator: Mr. Pasang Dawa Sherpa (Khumjung)
Member: Dawa Phuti Sherpa (Lukla)
Member: Ang Temba Sherpa (Khunde)
As we are raising funds for the project to complete, we are requesting for your donation support. This visitor center establishment project is different than any other project as it provides a good chance to pay back to Sir Ed for his invaluable humanitarian assistance to your lives and communities. Therefore, those of you who acknowledge that your lives and communities have been changed because of the humanitarian support of Sir Ed, this is your chance to respect him by donating whatever amount you can. We also would like to request our donors, supporters, and well-wishers to join hands to accomplish this project. Your contribution to the project is highly appreciated.
TO MAKE DONATION
DONATING BY DIRECT DEBIT
Himalayan Trust Nepal – Project account
Century Commercial Bank Ltd.
Account Number: 001-0010006453SR
SWIFT code: CCBNNPKA
DONATING BY CHEQUE (for Nepal)
Please post to the Himalayan Trust Nepal
P.O. Box 224, Kathmandu, Nepal
Visit physically in our Office in Dillibazar, Kathmandu
Please email : email@example.com with your details for fund accountability.