Cross Breeding Project

The villagers and school in Nangi are working hard to establish a Cheese Production Factory and the first step is to build a herd of cross-bred Jhopas. As many of you may already know, at Khopra Lodge Mahabir has established a Yak Farm.  These yaks are primarily  for meat, milk and wool. They also work as pack animals in the higher elevation above snowline.   But the males serve another function which is to mate with a local female cow to produce a cross breed offspring called a Jhopa.  Because one of the parents is a Yak, it allows the cross...

NEW TREKKING ROUTE IN NANGI

This fall TAAN, the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal, launched three new treks – one of which will benefit the schools in and around Nangi village. Mahabir Pun has always had the vision of a trekking route close to home.  This dream became a reality when the Borderlands Resort’s Director Megh Ale agreed to team with the Himanchal Educational Foundation to create this new route.  Coordinated by Nature-Treks, these community eco-lodge treks emphasize communities, conservation, and environmentally sustainable travel.  Trekkers will travel for seven days to six villages (see Trek #1 on google map), whose elevations range from 2,700 feet...

San Jose Mercury News Covers Mahabir Pun

Mike Cassidy of San Jose Mercury News has written a nice piece on Mahabir Pun’s work – http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_15318738?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com&nclick_check=1 (Mike – we hope it’s okay to publish it here as well) Cassidy: Mahabir Pun inspires digital revolution in the Himalayas By Mike Cassidy Mercury News Columnist Posted: 06/17/2010 01:11:44 PM PDT Updated: 06/18/2010 07:28:46 AM PDT It’s not every day that you get a request to connect on LinkedIn. OK, it is, but this particular one stopped me cold: Mahabir Pun was looking to reconnect. Mahabir Pun. He’s a guy I’ve written about, a guy who lives at 7,000-plus feet in a...

HEF e-Newsletter: December 2009

Dear Friends and Colleagues: Happy New Year! Attached is our latest HEF e-Newsletter.  This will provide you an update of all the current accomplishments and status on our project activities.   HEF Board would like to THANK each person receiving this e-Newsletter for supporting us.  HEF continues to achieve recognized status as a major support base for many project activities helping the people living in rural communities of Nepal.  Your support is very important and makes a major difference in lives of people living in Nepal. Thank you for signing up for this e-Newsletter of the Himanchal Education Foundation! Himanchal Educational Foundation...

HEF e-Newsletter: Chairman’s Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Happy New Year! Attached is our latest e-Newsletter. This will provide you an update of all the current accomplishments and status on our project activities.

HEF Board would like to THANK each person receiving this e-Newsletter for supporting us. HEF continues to achieve recognized status as a major support base for many project activities helping the people living in rural communities of Nepal. Your support is very important and makes a major difference in lives of people living in Nepal.

Thank you for signing up for this e-Newsletter of the Himanchal Education Foundation!

Himanchal Educational Foundation
5610 Avenue N
Kearney, Nebraska 68847
Web: www.himanchal.org
Email: contact@himanchal.org

Appeal for Solar Charging Unit

We are currently looking for donations to help us buy a portable solar charging unit to use during the project manager’s visits to the villages in Nepal. This portable charger will make it possible for our project manager to update project information and report on timely manner while he is regularly monitoring different projects taking place at the respective villages.  

Dr Debra Stoner in Nepal March 2009

Namaskar from Dolakha (east of Kathmandu) and Happy St. Patrick’s Day….what a crazy combination! Despite it being the day of the green leprechauns there’s ‘nar a bit of green in these hills as the last of the arid season pelts us with dry, blowing winds. The land is parched and a far cry from the green flowing terraced fields of my last fall visit. But I am getting ahead of myself…… The team of Pediatricians from Geisinger Medical Center spent the first week at Kathmandu Model Hospital teaching Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Advanced Life Support to the nursing...

Paper Making Project — We need your help

The women started producing paper again this January. So far they have produced 1,454 sheets of 20 grm paper and 91 sheets of 40 gm colored paper.  97 kg of lokta bark has been harvested from Nangi and 194 kg lokta has been harvested from Ramche village in February. We purchased lokta @ Rs.50 per kg. The weather is good and sunny for lokta paper making, so the women are doing a great job. Chitra Pun You can help us sell paper products in the US and Canada.  The Himanchal Educational Foundation has a supply of handmade paper writing journals...

Blood Drinking Festival – a fundraiser for local schools

The Blood Drinking Festival was conducted for five days from 02-06 March 2009; there were 205 people involved. All these people are from around the villages of Nangi, Paudwar, Ramche, Shikha , Narchyang, and Pulachour.  During the festival, 11 yak was killed and sold for meat. Blood was sold @ Rs. 60 per cup. A minimum of 12 to maximum of  21 cups of blood were taken from each yak. Blood is drunk as a medicine for intestinal problems and to get energy. Another festival will be conducted at Khopra Hill in mid-July. The total profit was Rs.141,000, which was...

Dr Debra Stoner in Nepal March 2009

It is always a great day to be headed back and visit my bighearted and spirited HEF friends in Nepal. I look forward to long talks around the fire and sharing cups of tea as we discuss present and future projects for HEF. The purpose of this visit is multi-faceted. The first few weeks will be in Kathmandu. I am bringing a team of Pediatricians to Kathmandu Model Hospital where we will give a course in infant and child resuscitation. Kathmandu Model Hospital has been using Telemedicine wireless communication with their remote outlying hospitals and clinics with the help of...