Legendary South Korean alpinist Captain Um honoured

Chief of District Coordination Committee, Sankhuwasabha Suman Shakya presents a plaque of honour to renowned South Korean mountaineer and humanitarian campaigner Captain Um Hong Gil in Khandbari on September 13, 2018.

Teknath Neupane, Kathmandu, 16 September : Well-known South Korean mountaineer and philanthropist Captain Um Hong Gil has been honoured by the District Coordination Committee (DCC), Sankhuwasabha for his significant contribution to building an excellent school infrastructure in the remote part of the district.

Through Um Hong Gil Human Foundation (UHGHF), alpinist Um, who has set a new world record on mountaineering by scaling the 16 highest points on Earth, has constructed a 12-room earthquake-resistant building and 12-room hostel with all the modern facilities for Shree Hemadri Secondary School located in Makalu Rural Municipality of the district.

This is considered to be the best school infrastructure in the northern belt of this Himalayan district.

Suman Shakya, the Chief of the Sankhuwasabha DCC, presented a plaque of honour to the legendary mountaineer Um amidst a special ceremony organised in Khandbari on September 13, 2018.

On behalf of all the residents of the district, the DCC, Sankhuwasabha is proud to felicitate the Korean humanitarian campaigner, said Shakya while felicitating him.

Similarly, the DCC, Sankhuwasabha also honoured Hana Financial Group based in South Korea for joining hands with UHGHF to sponsor the school infrastructure.

On behalf of Hana Financial Group, UHGHF’s Nepal Country Director Lee Eui-jae received the plaque of honour from Deputy Chief of DCC Ambika Bhujel.

With the help of Korean donors and social workers, Um has so far built 14 schools for the needy communities in 12 districts of Nepal. One school is under construction in Kavrepalanchowk district. The organization is planning to build two schools in Kathmandu in the near future.

Recalling his ascent of Mt. Makalu (8,463m) in 1995, Um said that had thought of extending some sort of help to the people of the Makalu Region during that time.

“As I have received love and positive energy from thousands of Nepali children studying in schools built through UHGHF, I am more enthusiastic to help Nepal,” he said.

Meanwhile, well-known Nepali mountaineers Mingma Sherpa and his younger brother Chhang Dawa Sherpa were honoured for their great contribution for the development of education and tourism, and humanitarian services of the district.

Born and brought up in Makalu village of the district, Mingma and Chhang Dawa have already created history on mountaineering. Mingma is the world’s youngest climber to ascent all the 14 peaks above 8,000 metres, while he and Dawa have been recognised as the first brothers to scale those peaks.

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