The Himalayan Trust UK has been working since 1989 to help the mountain people of Nepal. We strive to improve health and education in the mountainous regions of Northeastern Nepal, particularly in the Taplejung region.
We still hold to the guiding principles laid down by Sir Edmund Hillary when he founded the first Himalayan Trust in 1960:
> To focus on basic infrastructure – education, health, environment
> To do only that which is requested by the mountain people
> To involve the mountain people themselves in the work – “self help”
> To minimise all unnecessary cost and to facilitate direct transfer of funds
> To look for long term sustainability and independence for the mountain people
The Trust currently has an annual budget of about £150k. We wish to increase this by about 40-50% to allow us to expand our health-related activities, to extend the educational training supported by the Trust and to meet growing needs for improved facilities and resources in both schools and health clinics.
The Himalayan Trust UK is a small charity which prides itself on keeping administrative costs below 3% of donations. For this reason we do not employ anyone in an executive role. It is expected that each trustee will be involved in the general work of the Trust (overseeing the strategy and direction of the organisation, reviewing the activities of our NGO in Nepal, supporting events etc) and will also have a specialist role in line with their own experience and qualifications. There are, for instance, small teams on the Trust which monitor and help to develop our programmes in education and health as well as a Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Treasurer and people with marketing and legal expertise.
We are currently looking for a Honorary Secretary and an Education Trustee.
Further information about the respective roles can be found here