Remembrances for Rupa Khoraja Pun

Volunteers from all over the world have visited Nangi to work on a variety of projects from tree planting to teaching English in the school. Volunteer doctors, nurses, medics, herbalists and therapeutic practitioners worked side by side with Rupa learning from each other. Those that worked in the health clinic knew Rupa’s capacity to make them feel like part of the health team no matter their specialty, but even those that worked on technical or income earning projects came to know her because she often came to help cook meals for the volunteers and stayed to talk about their projects and...

Rupa Khoraja Pun: In Memory

Each person who inhabits this planet deserves a book written about their life because every life has value and meaning. However, if I were to write a book about Rupa it would be in volumes…close to the Encyclopedia Britannica in magnitude…or a modern day Wikipedia. Volumes to describe the many lives she touched and healed; the many lives she birthed into this world, and the many lives she helped ease into their journey beyond. She was a nurse-midwife, daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, healer, and farmer. Her spirit was quiet and courageous…she could move mountains with her dedication and passion...

Rupa

I met Rupa in 2002 on my first trip to Nangi. I was an emergency doctor with wilderness medicine experience that I wanted to share with the healthcare providers and learn about Nepali health in the remote rural regions. Mahabir had encouraged me to go and introduced us. Along with Lila, she was one of the two healthcare workers in Nangi who provided services ranging from prenatal care to hospice needs of the seriously ill and elderly. I can not remember the exact location where we met…probably at the volunteer house, but I remember two things very well….the juxtaposition of...

Community Trek – Season for 2016 Successful

Here is the number of trekkers from September to December 2016 as reported by Chitra Pun, Field Advisor. 565 trekkers from the USA, UK, German, Canada, Australia, Austria, India, Japan, Belgium, Denmark, Israel, Holland, Finland, and Korea participated in varied treks offered by the Nepal Community Trek. The treks take visitors off the beaten tracks of overcrowded tourist and mountaineering trails and into the heart of the Nepali people. Visit rural villages, gaze on the Annapurna mountain range and experience home cottage industries such as papermaking first hand. Experience a home stay or snuggle up in a cozy mountain lodge. Enjoy...

Pun-Pals

Jeannine from The School Inside describes their latest project with the teachers from Nangi at Himanchal Higher Education School. “It’s an old idea that still has much meaning: pen pals. Although I and other volunteer English teachers take maximum advantage of the internet to teach English to people all over the world (via Skype), the one thing the internet can’t change is time zones. One of the biggest challenges we face in serving more students is finding teachers who aren’t in bed when the students are free for lessons! That’s when we got the idea of e-mail writing lessons. Right...

Teaching in Nangi Using Skype

Republished with permission from The School Inside website: http://www.interesteng.org ONE week I prepared a lesson based around the theme of food.  Of course, I used a lot of things from my kitchen. I held an egg up, for example, and asked the kids what it was. Immediately they shouted out, “It’s an egg!” I praised them and we talked about eggs, where they come from and, yes, they have chickens in Nangi. I asked if they liked eggs and they enthusiastically told me “Yes, I do!” Then the Skype connection cut off.  So I waited patiently for them to call me back. When...

National Innovation Center Nepal – Concept Note from Dr. Mahabir Pun

Need and Opportunity One of the main reasons why Nepal is economically a least developed country is because there is not much happening for economic development. Nepal imports over 90% of products for different purposes and exports less than 10% products to earn foreign currencies resulting in the huge trade deficit. Therefore a major economic overhaul is required to make Nepal a developed country in the 21st century. For that to happen, Nepal must give the highest priority to science, technology creation, and innovation in order to ensure a sustainable base for her much-needed growth engines. Considerable attention is needed to...

Dr. Mahabir Pun’s Annual Report

Happy New Year from Nepal! Dear Supporters: I would like to update you on of the progress of the projects I did with the Myagdi district community members and supporters. 1. With donations from around the world and HEF; HEF helped rebuild four classrooms in Shree Kanyadevi Lower Secondary School in Pokhari village of Gorkha district that was completely damaged by the earthquake at the cost of about $32,000. 2. Two new classrooms were added to Himanchal High School with funds from the U.S., the Nepal government and contributions from the communities. 3. A new two bedroom solar heated building...

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