Our director, Sophie Arnold, first went to Nepal in 2004 and again in 2010 when her party climbed to Everest Base Camp. On both occasions she and her fellow trekkers were guided by Ngima Tendi Sherpa whose family comes from the Khumbu region. The Sherpa people are Buddhists and the majority live over 3500 meters. They came to the world’s attention as a result of Edmund Hillary’s successful ascent of Everest with his guide Tenzing Norgay.
As many of you are probably aware, Edmund Hillary invested huge amounts of time and resources in ensuring that the Sherpa people had access to education through schools that he built and financed. These are thriving and attract children from all over the area, some who walk 3 hours each way to get to school.
We are really proud to be able to follow in Hillary’s footsteps in a small way by sponsoring the education of Mingma Dolker and Anjela - Ngima’s two daughters. They go to the Clinton School in Kathmandu and are both doing really well in their respective years. For those of you who are following their progress, we will update the photos as we get new ones sent.