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...

Cross Breeding Project

Name of Project: Cross Breeding Project Chitra Pun, Nangi Project Officer   Project place: Mohare Danda (First rely station of wireless network) Destination: One day from Nangi   This project was started in 2004.The altitude, where the project is running , 3200 metre high.Project place is quite lonely among the dense forest. One guy is working in that project to take care of all the animals. Himanchal Higher Secondary is bearing his monthly salary.We can see nice veiw,the Sun rise and the Sun set from there. Himanchal Higher Secondary School has invested to conduct the project.   The main purpose of...

Happy New Year – January 2009 Newsletter

The work of Himanchal Educational Foundation (HEF) continues to support the original mission (to provide financial support to the development and operation of Himanchal Higher Secondary School).  The changing conditions (simply put–continued increased costs in the operation of the school and the declined US dollar) have kept us at work with our fund raising.  A major blessing to that challenge has been the expansion of the Board of Directors to bring new skills and energy to the management of the foundation.  With help from volunteers from both coasts, we are about ready to streamline our communications with our supporters about...

HEF’s Cottage Industries — Paper Making

Thanks to Mahabir Pun’s efforts, many village women in Nangi now have a sustainable income to help support their families.  It is difficult for westerners to imagine the impact that bringing an additional $2.00/day can make on a family’s well-being: it is the difference between having enough money for a few extra things at the local ‘shop’ for the kids, an occasional chicken from traveling salespersons, or a festive new sari for a special occasion. Over the last four years, the women have had several trainings focusing on how to construct diaries which are made entirely from handmade paper and...

“Sharing the Knowledge”

The original article appeared in the Wilderness Medicine Society Magazine Fall 06 Vol 4. www.wms.org This describes my experience building the Nangi Clinic and learning the truer meaning of being a teacher and pupil. Your travels take you out of your own community but the teaching doesn’t need to be left behind. Wherever you go bring your teaching mind and look for an opportunity to share your wilderness medicine knowledge and experiences. My travels to Nepal gave me the opportunity to help a community open a clinic and provide continuing medical education for the health care workers, Lila and Rupa....

May 2008 Newsletter from Dr. Leonard Skov

Greetings from Himanchal Educational Foundation It is time for a renewal of the quarterly messages to you who have been the stalwart anchors of the financing of the work in Nangi and, more recently, a growing portion of Nepal. We will focus on two issues. The combination of devaluation of the dollar and increasing inflation in Nepal has resulted in the costs to support the teachers’ salaries in Nangi Higher Secondary School now require a 50% increase in the revenues directed to that purpose. Specifically, we have been supporting the teachers at a rate of about $2050 per month. The...