One-Dollar-A-Month = Information Highway in Rural Nepal
The wireless network project started as an experiment in 2002, essentially using basic home networking equipment to see if Internet connection can be brought to Nangi from Pokhara (the nearest city with an Internet Service Provider). After repeated trial and error, the trick worked, and today in 2008, there are 22 villages villages in three districts of Nepal that are connected via the wireless network.
It takes 8 days to walk through these villages, and now information and news gets shared in seconds. A total population of 22,000, and 7 High Schools with about 1,700 students now have access to news, goods for sale in the surrounding villages, telephone calls using VoIP, basic health care using telemedicine, and better access to education via tele-teaching.
However, there are hundres of other villages out there that need to be connected. And as need for services grow within the connected villages, it requires better infrastructure, scalable equipment, and more support and maintenance. We believe this will be the foundation for an information highway that will connect all of rural Nepal, and with your help, we can realize this goal sooner than ever.
The One-Dollar-a-Month campaign asks you to donate one dollar each month to build this Information Highway. Show the unity of Nepalis and well-wishers of Nepal by donating $1/month to help build Information Highway using wireless technology in the mountains of Nepal.
Please don’t forget to designate your contribution as ” For One Dollar A Month Campaign”. That way we will be able to know that your contribution is for the campaign. We will send you thank you note by e-mail.
Here is how:
You can donate online to Himanchal Education Foundation via Network for Good, a partner nonprofit organization that enables online donations. Please click on the button below, which will take you to Network for Good’s web site. While making your donation, please specify that your contribution is for “One-Dollar-a-Month” campaign.
Easiest way to to set this up is as an annual gift of $12 (or more if you’d like). Think of it as a birthday gift to yourself that helps build an Information Highway across the rural mountains of Nepal. Here are some screenshots to describe the steps to set this up:
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In the “Make Donation” page, set your contribution amount to $12 and under “Donation Preferences”, check the box that says “I would like to make this a recurring donation deducted” and select “Annually” in the dropdown list.
If this is the first time you are making a donation via Network for Good, you will need to create a new login account on this page, or if you have donated before, you can simply login with a username and a password.
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In the “Billing Information” page, enter your billing information and the credit card information which you want to use to make the donation. Please consider checking the box that says “Deduct the 4.75% processing fee from the donation amount forwarded to my charity(ies)”. Click “Continue”
Finalize your selections and Network for Good will annually deduct $12 and make it available for Himanchal Education Foundation to fund the wireless networking project. Make sure you come back to this web site to track progress on the project, and we will also send you periodic updates via emails on overall development.
Alternatively, you can also mail a your tax deductible check to:
Himanchal Educational Foundation
c/o Dr. Leonard Skov,
5610 Avenue N
Kearney, NE 68847
Phone Number: (308) 234-1243
Himanchal Education Foundation has 501 (c) (3) charitable status in the U.S. (EIN # 47-0827392), which makes your donations fully tax deductible. You can also view our full financial report from GuideStar. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can send your donation directly to Nepal:
Himanchal High School
Saving Bank Account #16996
Rashtriya Banijya Bank
Pokhara Branch, Pokhara Nepal
SWIFT CODE for Wire Transfer: RBBANPKA
If donations are sent directly to this account in Nepal, then the Himanchal Educational Foundation cannot provide the receipt. So, if a United States donor is seeking a tax deduction, the contribution must come through Himanchal Educational Foundation in Kearney, or online via Network for Good.