Human Outreach Project has its origins in tragedy. During Dean’s 2005 summit of Mt. Everest, he became friends with a Sherpa guide named Ang Pasang Sherpa. When Pasang was killed in an avalanche shortly after their climb together, his wife and three children lost not only their means of support, but also their chance at a future. Dean was moved to do whatever he could to support Pasang’s wife and children, and created an educational fund for them.

Maya and Dawa now reside at the Himalayan Children’s orphanage, and Pasang’s oldest child, Lhakpa, is currently attending college. He has continued in his father’s footsteps, working with WWTrek to guide climbs up Everest. Through the support and opportunities provided through HOP, these three futures were radically changed.

From this original resolution to help the family of a close friend, HOP came into being. HOP now works in remote areas of Africa, Nepal, and South America, as well as local outreach projects in the USA. As we expand our reach to more and more people, we remember our original inspiration, and will continue to support Pasang’s children until they are out of college.

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Ang Pasang’s wife and three children


Financial support for education


  • Lhakpa, Pasang’s oldest child, is attending college and living on his own

  • Lhakpa has also begun a successful career as a guide, including helping guide WWTrek trips to Everest

  • Maya and Dawa, Pasang’s younger children, are living at the Himalayan Children’s orphanage and expect to attend college

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