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The Friends of HYF UK

At HYF we value the relationships we have with individuals and other organizations. Here are a few of them.

The Himalayan Children’s Foundation (HCF) was founded in 1997 by a group of young and energetic Nepali social workers with the objective of improving the education, health and living condition of helpless, poor and orphaned children from the mountain districts of Nepal. Particular focus is placed on the Tibetan border regions of Dolpo, Mustang, Manang, Gorkha, Baglung and Solukhumbu etc.  Due to the remoteness of these areas, basic education is essentially unavailable.

The Choki Traditional Art School (CTAS) was established in April 1999 as Bhutan’s only private traditional arts school.  It provides skills-related education in the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan at no charge to poor Bhutanese students who are unable to attend or complete a formal education or attend the National Art School.


Mountaineers for the Himalayas Foundation is a private, non-political, non-profit marking, non-religious and non-governmental organization (NGO) created by mountaineers anxious to assist helpless children in the remote mountainous districts of Nepal, Pakistan, Tibet, India and Bhutan. MHF strongly believes that elementary education is the best guarantee to generate the economic, social, cultural and politic progress of this area.

The Fontana Foundation was established in November 2008 by Mario Fontana and is domiciled in Zurich, Switzerland. The foundation’s goal is to help the poorest in this world by giving them access to essential infrastructure, to affordable loans and to training, so they can lead autonomous and productive lives in dignity and prosperity.


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Next Generation Nepal preserves family unity and strengthens communities by reconnecting trafficked children with their parents and culture in post-conflict Nepal. This is achieved by searching remote regions to find families of children who were taken by child traffickers with false promises, reconnecting these children with their families, caring for children in transitional homes that offer safety and security during the reconnection process and strengthening local communities to support the safe reunification of children with their families whenever possible.

The Madrinha Trust is a UK charity that connects children in the developing world, who have the potential to make a significant impact in their own communities, with mentors. The Trust promotes the advancement of education and the relief of poverty by supporting the menteess financially and assisting with every aspect of their studies. To date the Trust has matched mentors with mentees from South America, Africa, Asia and Palestine. The relationship with HYF enabled The Madrinha Trust to welcome it’s first Nepalese mentees.

Escape2Nepal is a UK registered company and its Managing Director is a UK National who has lived in Nepal for the past 25 years. Steve Webster, who was for many years the director of sales and marketing for the famous Tiger Mountain Group of companies and also Sales and marketing consultant for the exquisite Heritage-style Dwarika’s Hotel, is not only extremely knowledgeable about the region in general, he is also in touch with the best tourism products in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.