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The Himalayan Trust UK seeks a new trustee with fundraising experience to join its board

The Himalayan Trust UK  is a small charity which supports education and health, primarily through training carried out on our behalf by two Nepali NGOs, in the Taplejung District of NE Nepal.

The Himalayan Trust network, including sister organisations in New Zealand and Australia with whom we have strong links, was initiated by Sir Edmund Hilary in 1960.  HTUK was founded in 1989, initially to support schools and health clinics in the Solukhumbu and Kanchenjunga areas, but now focuses entirely on the latter.  This helps us to ensure that we understand in detail the needs of one particular area and can better take into account the wishes and aspirations of the Nepali adults and children with whom we work in both education and health.

The devastating earthquakes of 2015 affected many of these communities and led to an emergency fundraising campaign by HTUK that raised £500,000, firstly to provide temporary learning centres to replace damaged buildings and then to cover the cost of rebuilding the damaged facilities.  This work is progressing well and has been monitored by trustees in recent visits to the area.

The educational project has been running for some years now and involves 30 schools (27 Primary and 3 secondary) in a region chosen particularly because of its poverty and shortage of resources and expertise.  We feel that we are making a significant difference to the lives of those in whom we invest.

The health project, focused like our work in schools more on training than on buildings and resources, but meeting needs in these areas too when we can, is relatively new.  This expansion in our remit, along with our response to the damage caused by the earthquakes, and our determination to extend our educational activities, requires a corresponding expansion in our budget.

It is for this reason that we now seek to appoint a new trustee with fundraising experience to help to coordinate our activities. If you’re interested, please read the Fundraising Trustee Job Profile for a more detailed outline of our expectations of the new trustee and also of the rewards of this particular voluntary role.

There are currently 14 trustees.  Some have a close family connection with the 1953 Everest expedition, some have a particular interest in mountains and adventurous activity, some have particular experience and qualifications in education and health but all share a commitment to the country and people of Nepal.  We are looking forward to welcoming a new member to our team to help us to continue this valuable work.

For further information, contact Tim Keyes (thkeyes28@hotmail.com)

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