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.
Notes From the Field, Part 2: In Pokhara
For Tibetans in the Jampaling settlement, Pokhara has never quite been home, but remains the only place they have been allowed to live in for decades. Last year, a road expansion project threatened a significant part of the settlement, but we helped them with an ingenious solution.
Notes From the Field, Part 1: In Kathmandu
It has been more than half a century since Tibetans began to flee their homeland for the uncertain life of refugees. As they have settled into small pockets in Nepal, that uncertainty has become a way of life. Still, with AHF's steadfast help, the Tibetan community finds ways to keep their culture alive, offer care to their aging members, and shape young leaders. How are they doing now?
Making Strides in Mustang
This summer, we are thrilled to share two exciting pieces of news. The monastic school in Lo Manthang, revived with your support, celebrated its 24th re-founding anniversary in May. And our 21-year-old Jomsom Hostel alum, Ms. Tsering Lhamo, has been elected the Chair of Mustang district’s executive body!