Meet the Board of Directors and Co-Founders

Karma Sherpa and Sally Wier in Kathmandu, December 2016

Sally Wier

Sally is a native of Colorado and has a passion for mountain environments, women’s empowerment and the Himalayas. A mountaineer, Sally has climbed peaks including Island Peak, Denali, Mount Rainier, and has done attempts on other big mountains including Cerro de Aconcagua. She has a MSc with Distinction in Sustainable Mountain Development from the University of Highlands and Islands in Perth, Scotland, and studied under Martin Price. Sally did field research for her dissertation, ‘Identifying paths to girls’ successful Higher Education in the Solukhumbu district, Nepal’ in November 2016. She has traveled to Nepal three times for trekking, climbing, humanitarian work, academic research and NGO project implementation. Sally has been touched, inspired and humbled by the incredible people and communities she has had the honor of living among there.

Karma Sherpa

Karma is a native of the village of Deku in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal. Karma’s life was transformed by the gift of education and support from an American trekker. After experiencing the revolutionary power of education in his own life, he decided to dedicate his life to providing the same opportunities for others. In 2006 he founded The Small World in Nepal to address the needs of girls and communities in his home district.