Founding Members 

In May 2005, a group of 8 people trekked together to Everest Base Camp. They were led by Dawa Geljen Sherpa, a Sherpa whose family have lived in Lukla for generations. Son of a Yak farmer, Dawa learnt early how tough it can be getting on in life without the benefit of schooling. His father died when Dawa was still in primary school and Dawa left school to start work to help support his mother and family. His dream to improve the education of children in his home town of Lukla became a reality when he met David Woods, Ian Lowrie, Graham MacDonald, Linza Corp and Michele Findlay on their life changing trip to Everest Base Camp.

From the inspiration of Dawa and the energy of the group, Classrooms in the Clouds was born and on 29th August 2007 Classrooms in the Clouds was registered as a charity with the Charity Commission.  


Meet the Team

Mike Hagen - Chair of Trustees

Mike Hagen - Chair of Trustees Mike first discovered Nepal, its people and its mountains when trekking in

Dawa Geljen Sherpa

Dawa Geljen Sherpa Founder of CITCNepal View Dawa's story here... Meet the

Ron Middleton - Treasurer/Trustee

Ron Middleton - Treasurer/Trustee Ron is a Chartered Accountant and was appointed Honorary Treasurer in June 2016.

Mark Cashin - Trustee

Mark Cashin - Trustee  Chief Fire Office for Cheshire Fire and Rescue, UK, Mark joined the team of

Lawrie McLaren - Trustee

Lawrie McLaren - Trustee  Lawrie joined the CITCNepal team of trustees in May 2015. Based in Brussels,

Sarah Hagen - Secretary & Trustee

Sarah Hagen Secretary and Trustee  Sarah joined CITCNepal in 2010 following a trek to Annapurna Base Camp. A

Ang Gombu Sherpa - Treasurer of CITC NGO in Nepal

Ang Gombu Sherpa Programme Director Treasurer of CITC NGO in Nepal and Co-Founder of Adventure Thamserku, has many

Samden Sherpa - Education Development Officer

Samden Sherpa Education Development Officer Samden supports the professional development of the Teachers sponsored by CITCNepal and manages building

Sonam Sherpa - CITCNepal Engineer

Sonam Sherpa CITCNepal Engineer  Sonam, CITCNepal Engineer's, designed and managed the installation of a clean water system in

Mingma Chhamji Sherpa

Mingma Chhamji Sherpa Mingma worked as a sponsored CITCNepal teacher for 7 years at Shree Lukla Lower

Kate Roberts - Communications Officer

Kate Roberts  Communications Officer JKate joined CITCNepal Team in March 2017 and works alongside Sarah Hagen to provide news

NGO Committee Members

NGO Committee Members   Dawa Geljen Sherpa - President (Founder of Adventure Thamserku) Pasang Geljen Sherpa - Vice President Nima Dawa

Mani Kumar Rai - Educational Support Worker

Mani Kumar RaiEducational Support Worker  Mani was appointed Sponsored CITC Teacher in 2012 at Bakhapalam Lower Secondary School.

Ang Sona Sherpa - Project Support Officer

Ang Sona SherpaProject Support Officer  Appointed in 2019, Sona is our Project Support Officer, responsible for maintaining the

Founding Members

Founding Members  In May 2005, a group of 8 people trekked together to Everest Base Camp. They

Tom Fakler - Professional Photographer

Tom Fakler - Professional Photographer  CITCNepal is honoured to have the support of critically acclaimed professional photographer Tom