Annual Report 2018-2019

In 2019 the team at the Australian Himalayan Foundation have worked hard to drive and sustain projects that make a difference to the communities and individuals that live in the remote Himalaya. We’ve worked in conjunction with our partner NGOs, our corporate partners and our supporters,

Here in Australia, our team is small but mighty. We share what were our personal highlights in 2019, and our vision for the year ahead.

May you all have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful 2020.


Kerryn, Operations Manager

My highlight in 2019 was having over 600 people participate in Neverest! Also all the amazing donors, volunteers and fundraisers who have supported AHF with breathtaking generosity. 

In 2020 I look forward to continuing work with this great team to make a difference in the Himalaya.


LINDA, Finance Officer 

My highlight in the last year has been the re-organisation of the office, archiving and getting more processes in place for a smoother workflow. The work and support done by our regular volunteers always continues to be a highlight.

In 2020… I hope for more and new successful fundraising activities.


CELIA, Program Manager

My highlights have been: 

Joining the amazingly dedicated team at AHF. Working with our equally committed partners in Nepal, India and Bhutan to bring about positive change in the communities that we serve. This includes the EYCI project which supports and empowers communities in fragile ecosystem to conserve the environment and adapt to prevent effects of climate change 

My hope for 2020 is:

Continued support from the Australian community and Australian Aid to do the important work of AHF. Scope for more project work in the environment sector. Opportunities to work with partners and communities to build skills together to improve our programs.


SUE, Volunteer

My highlight this year is the great feeling I get volunteering with AHF with a wonderful group of dedicated people and knowing and seeing the results of our work and the generosity of our donors and fundraisers.  It is always a pleasure to go into the office knowing I am helping in some small way.


CORINNE, Head of Programs

 The highlight of 2019 for me was to get to know the staff, volunteers and partners who contribute to AHF and feeling so lucky to work with such a committed and inspiring group of people.

In 2019 I hope to contribute in strengthening AHF and building up the organisation on the basis of the great work already done.


SINORA, Program worker and volunteer

It has been my pleasure to be a part of the team. My project monitoring visit to Kalimpong was such a learning experience for me. It was great to be back home and also support AHF to monitor the Preservation of Tibetan Performing Arts and Culture program. Working closely with the people of the community I belong to and helping them to strengthen their program and organisation was wonderful.  I am grateful to AHF for this opportunity. 

In 2020 I hope to keep working with AHF team and learn more and also share my knowledge and understanding of inclusive education. It would be great to promote more inclusion and full, equal and meaningful participation of people with disabilities through our programs. 


KAREN, Head of Fundraising and Communications

I have a job that allows me to feel uplifted by the generosity of the people that share my passion for the Himalaya – however big or small their contribution. I don’t have to look too far to find something that can make me smile (colleagues, volunteers, supporters and the stories of the people we support)

In 2020 I hope people continue to see that the little part we all play is part of a bigger picture beyond Australian shores. Also that we all remain happy and healthy!



My highlights of 2019 are:

  • Joining such an awesome team, who give and deliver above and beyond every day to help others to access the basic essentials of life – health and education. 
  • Meeting three of our key partners who are so passionate about quality of life for the most vulnerable families in their region. 
  • Connecting with our incredible AHF family of supporters who are the lifeblood of all that we do. 

My hope for 2020 is to learn from and reach many more children, women and men in the Himalayas who inspire us every day with their resilience, spirit and warmth.