The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation

The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation

The Sir Edmund Hilary Foundation (SEHF) is committed to supporting and empowering the Sherpa people of Nepal, and focuses specifically on education, health and environmental projects in the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal, in the foothills of Mount Everest.

Our Mission

Improve the quality of life of the Sherpa people of Nepal in the areas of Education, Healthcare, and the Environment.

Our Story

The SEHF was founded in 1974 by Zeke O’Connor and Sir Edmund Hillary. The two cemented a life-long friendship and partnership in service following a 1973 trip to Nepal, where Zeke was invited to join Sir Edmund on an expedition to Mount Everest Base Camp. Zeke visited Nepal over 40 times in his lifetime, and each time returned with a deeper understanding of the many needs of the Sherpa people and a stronger determination to further the efforts to support worthy projects in the mountain regions of Nepal. Today, the SEHF continues its work supporting and empowering the Sherpa people of Nepal in the areas of education, health and the environment

How It Started


Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation (SEHF) founded by Zeke O'Connor and Sir Edmund Hillary


SEHF receives Canadian Charter, and begins full patronage of Kunde Hospital


SEHF begins Sagarmatha National Park Reforestation Project


First Full SEHF Scholarship Recipient Receives Masters Degree in Forestry


SEHF Medical Scholarship Program Gains Momentum


Women's Literacy Programs Launched in Phaplu and Chhinakpu


Construction Completed on Zeke O'Connor (ZOC) School - First High School Classes Begin


SEHF Supports Earthquake Rebuilding Projects in Solukhumbu


Early Development Grades Added to ZOC School (to Grade 7)

How You Can Help


You can support the Foundation from both Canada and the US by donating online through our fast, safe, and secure platforms.