March 18, 2013 11:07
Earlier this month, a village eight hours away from Nepal's capital city of Kathmandu erupted in a big celebration. Residents gathered to greet the renowned mountain climber and philanthropist Um Hong-gil as he pledged to build a school for the community.
His promise is part of a series of projects Um has taken on in memory of the Nepali sherpa who died helping him climb Mt. Everest for the second time.
Um has earned a reputation as a world-class climber but has also found time for numerous charitable organizations in Korea and abroad. He completed construction of his fourth school in Nepal last February and broke ground on his sixth school this month.
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