The Um Hong Gil Human Foundation has played an important role in education in the Khumbu region since 2008.
We are honoured to announce that our Managing Director, Mr. Phintso Lama, has been appointed Special Educational Advisor along with several other prominent members of the Business Community in Nepal including Mr. Tendi Sherpa, President of Mountain Hardwear and Mr. Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa, Chairman of Yeti Airlines and President of Thamserku Trekking and Mr. Ang Dorjee Sherpa, President of Ne-Ko Treks and Expeditions.
Founded and currently run by the legendary South Korean Mountaineer, Mr. Um Hong Gil, formidable talents have led him to be the first person in the world to climb 16 of the highest Peaks in the World. Mr. Um is the first Korean (and Asian) and the eleventh climber in the World to hold the distinction of earning the Himalayan Crown, a prestigious award for mountaineers climbing 14 peaks above 8000 meters.
Mission Statement of Foundation
The mission of the Um Hong Gil Foundation is to aid vulnerable children of Nepal by empowering them through education and other fundamental activities. Recently, the organisation donated $150,000 with the Mountain Medicine Institute to create a hospital that is capable of servicing the residents of Namche, Chaurikharka, and Kunde. The “Human School Project” is one of the main focuses of the Foundation, which aims to build 16 schools in remote places in Nepal- one for each of the peaks Mr. Um has climbed. So far the organisation has successfully built 15 schools to help impoverished Nepalese students in remote areas to have good access to education.
Mr. Lama’s role as a Special Advisor in Nepal requires him to provide insight on organisational issues, mediation with local communities, school teachers and government bodies, as well as participating in seminars on Rural Education in Nepal. We are honored to be associated with Mr. Um Hong Gil’s Foundation and look forward to building a brighter future for children in remote regions.