The American Himalayan Foundation brings shelter, safety, education, health, and opportunity to people across the Himalaya.
Working With Heart
We take care of people in the Himalaya who are in need and have no one else. How? By opening doors to education and health care. By building stronger communities and developing lasting, trusting partnerships. By working in a way that respects both tradition and innovation. By giving people opportunity and hope, so they can look to the future.
Every year, thousands of girls from the poorest parts of rural Nepal are trafficked: coerced or tricked with false promises, then sold into brothels, indentured servitude, or forced into child marriage. The way we prevent this modern-day slavery is surprisingly simple and effective.
keeps a girl in school for a year and safe from being trafficked
gives a Tibetan student books, a uniform, and supplies for a year
For many across the Himalaya, healthcare is unaffordable and out of reach. We build and support health clinics, fund health workers and supply medicines to bring care to poor, off-the-grid communities—life-changing and often life-saving for those who are too poor or live too far from a good doctor.
transformative surgery to heal a disabled child's body and spirit
Our roots are in the Everest area and, in the shadow of the world’s highest peaks, AHF has accomplished much over the past three decades. Today, we continue to improve education for Sherpa children, rebuild after the earthquakes, and look for solutions to new challenges in this rapidly changing community.
gives a Sherpa a brighter smile at Namche Dental Clinic
After half a century or more in exile, most Tibetan refugees are still struggling to survive. And for those who remained in Tibet, home has become an increasingly difficult and uncertain place. We do what's needed to help Tibetans improve their quality of life and hold on to their culture.
offers a Tibetan elder a warm home, food and care for a month
In the once forbidden kingdom of Mustang, isolation had left the people impoverished, traditions faded, and ancient temples a shadow of what they once were. We were asked, surprisingly, to first work on the temples and monastic schools—to restore the soul of the place. It sparked a renaissance.
a year of Tibetan language and culture classes for a young Loba
You can change a life, or even save one. Help the most vulnerable people in the Himalaya today.
What’s cooking in Samdo? Safer stoves for a Tibetan village
Nyima braved the snowy passes of Nubri on horseback to meet me in Kathmandu, all to bring smoke-free stoves to his mountain village.
Catherine's story: reunited in Swayambhu
Last year, I had the joy of teaching yoga to the Keydong nuns, and to the Tibetan elders at their home in Swayambhu. Our reunion this fall was wonderful.