2011 marked the 50th anniversary for Khumjung School, the first school built by Sir Ed, and it coincided with our growing focus on education with the Himalayan Trust. We fund books and supplies for the 63 schools; teacher training, including English language training; teacher’s salaries; college scholarships; and the all-important components of school lunches for the Kumjung School hostel – a cook, and food stipends for the poorest kids.
Of everywhere we have worked, we have seen that Sherpas make some of the best use of their education. They believe, and they have proven, over and over, that education is the key to their future. Graduates of the first class of Khumjung have become pilots, doctors, environmental leaders, and the director of the Himalayan Trust. They have done this while keeping their cultural identity strong. It’s the best legacy our dear friend Sir Edmund Hillary could have hoped for.