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 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.
covers a Sherpa's doctor visit at Khunde Hospital
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
helps protect wild tigers in Nepal and India from poachers
As many as 20,000 girls from Nepal are forced into slavery or child marriage every year. We’re fighting back.
The True Spirit of Adventure
This weekend May 29th marks the 69th anniversary of my father Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic ascent of Chomolungma (Everest) in 1953. At that time, it was the closest that man had been to the moon. The lure of Chomolungma today remains insatiable. More than 325 permits were issued this spring to climb the mother Goddess, with a handsome yield of $3.3m for the Government of Nepal in licensing fees.
Heera, whose name means “diamond” in Nepali, was born with Spina Bifida, a serious neurological disorder. Her parents were desperate to help their young daughter, and went into debt in search of treatment for her — they even sold their land — but nothing worked.
Maghe is the tenth month of the Nepalese calendar, and Sankranti is the first day of Makarai (Capricorn). It is one of the most auspicious days and is much cause for celebration. However, until only nine years ago, it also marked the first day of servitude for many girls from the far west...