Hello! This is Um Hong Gil.
I took my first step to Nepal in 1985 to climb Mount Everest. And in 2007, by climbing Lhotse-Shar, I completed the target of climbing 16 different peaks of the 8000M high Himalaya We have achieved the goal of becoming a staple. Over the past 22 years, I have been crossing numerous valleys and ridges in the Himalayas and I felt and learned more through failure than success in 50 or so overseas climbing.
The Himalayas, a world of gods, is magnificent and beautiful.
However, many people live in the harsh environment of the spectacular and beautiful Himalayan mountain. Especially, as the poverty is passed on, I realized that there was no hope for the children of Nepal.
Having finished the Himalayas, 8000M high and with 16 different peaks, I made a promise that I should be a support for tomorrow's happiness for those who live in the Himalayas - the place where I received my honor. The promise was to break the chain of poverty and erect a school to dream of hope for tomorrow.
There is an old saying of "Simsangsasung", which means if you desperately want to achieve something, you will. With the longing for helping me to climb the 16 peaks of Himalayas, a new climbing path has begun with the establishment of the Um Hong Gil Human Foundation in 2008.
Since its splendid start, we have been building our first Pangbochae Human School in 2010 and have been challenged to complete 16 Human Schools for 10 years. This challenge was a time of "thanks and blessings." It was a great march of hope with 7,000 supporters.
Today, the wind rushes through the Himalayas. Clouds flow too. And our aspiration will become a sapling and grow into a big tree in the foot of the Himalayas in the distant future.
The Um Hong Gil Human Foundation is yours, not mine. In the future, we need your constant interest and affection in order to continue to shoot, blossom and bear fruit. I wish you continue to provide water, sunshine, and nutrients to be a long-standing tree to preserve the Earth. Thank you.