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.
STOP Girl Trafficking
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
Nothing looks as squarely toward the future as education. And nothing else has education’s power to transform lives. For a child facing daunting odds because of caste, gender, disability or poverty—education offers a path forward to opportunity and hope.
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
Sherpas and Everest
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
Tigers need kindness too. They have been hunted so relentlessly that fewer than 4,000 remain in the wild, mostly in Nepal and India. It’s a battle, but with our partner, Fund for the Tiger, we are determined to keep these magnificent creatures walking the earth.
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.
Happy Losar – Year of the Water Rabbit!
Losar Tashi Delek to you and your loved ones! This Year of the Water Rabbit 2023 (2150 in the Tibetan calendar) is considered a year of hope. Rabbit is the symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity, and people born in the Year of the Rabbit are quick-minded and ingenious.
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.