Human Outreach Project has its origins in a tragedy. During Dean’s 2005 summit of Mt. Everest, he became friends with a Sherpa guide named Ang Pasang. Pasang’s dedication and hard work were crucial to the success of the climb, and he and Dean stood together on the summit of Mt. Everest.  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.

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 locally 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 family.


  • Ang Pasang’s wife and three children


  • Financial support for education


  • Lhakpa is attending college and living on his own

  • Maya has recently graduated from high school and will begin college soon

  • Dawa is attending Namgyal Tibetan High School

  • All three are excelling in their studies and their futures look bright

Current Events

Pasang’s oldest child, Lhakpa, is currently in his final year of college, and plans to graduate at the end of 2018. With the help of HOP, he recently was able to rent an apartment and live independently as he finishes school. Lhakpa’s younger sister, Maya, recently graduated from Trinity High School in Kathmandu, and plans to move in with Lhakpa as she prepares to start University. Dawa, the youngest, currently attends Namgyal Tibetan High School and is learning to speak five languages!

Future Goals

We will continue to support Pasang’s three children until they are out of college, and are looking forward to seeing what their futures hold.