Message from Mahabir Pun, Nepal

Dear all supporters, Our organization is raising funds to help the victims of the earth quake in Nepal. Right now there are many individuals and organizations from around the world coming to help the victims. It is good that they are providing immediate support. However, the communities and people need long term support as well.  Our goal is to help rebuild school, libraries, computer labs that are badly or completely damaged. We are also going to provide support to the students, who lost their parents in the affected areas. Please donate online buy clicking the “Donate” button at himanchal.org. Thank...

Nepal Earthquake – Report from Mahabir

Email from Dr. Mahabir Pun to HEF BOD. April 26, 2015 Dear all, Finally, the power and Internet is restored in the area where I am in Kathmandu. I was here just for a few days. I was in my room working in computer when the earthquake struck. Fortunately, the building did not collapsed. I spent two nights in open field with others. Right now the government is working to help people with the help of many individuals and organizations. Everything is okay in Nangi area because it was not as strong in Nangi area as it was in around...

Nepal Earthquake – Donations

HEF will be supporting recovery and rebuilding efforts in Nepal through a Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund. Donations for HEF can be made through our standard financial management organization, the Kearney Area Community Foundation. Link is in the upper right hand corner of the page. We do not know the extent of the damage and specific needs at this time, but we are gathering funds and allocation will be determined after appropriate appraisal of needs. This will be guided by the HEF BOD and the Nepal team lead by Dr. Mahabir Pun over the next several months. True to HEF’s mission...

Nepal Earthquake – Update on HEF Staff

Many have called or emailed members of the BOD to inquire about the Himanchal Education Foundation team in Nepal and we thank you for your heartfelt concern. We are relieved to report Dr. Mahabir Pun, Mr. Chitra Pun, their families and Nangi village suffered no personal losses that we are aware of at this time. According to an email from Chitra, Nangi and Pokhara area were not affected. I will strive to post daily updates on the website. HEF will be participating in fund raising for the victims under the direction of the HEF BOD and Dr. Mahabir Pun. Return tomorrow for information...

The Community Trek Trail – A Trekker’s Story

Hello and Namaste. We are Bill and Linda from Australia. We trekked on the Community Trek Trail in 2013. Prem, our guide, was very experienced and he gave us some great advice: “Walk slowly, take many rests” and so we were happy to move at a comfortable pace that we could sustain. The first leg of the trek is up, up and more up so we greatly appreciated a refreshing masala tea at our destination at the community center at Banskharka village. I was impressed by the no-plastic policy that forms part of the ecologically sensitive nature of the trek....

Nepal: The Hearts of Americans by Jim Pesout

Mahabir Pun, the community developer, is the most self-effacing, dynamic, humble, brilliant, charismatic, hard-working, nearsighted (optically), forward-thinking, paunchy, energetic person I have ever met.  World travel has a way of connecting us with ordinary and sometimes amazing people.  Mahabir’s the one who thought up and implemented the Eco-Community Development Trail. When I first met him in Kathmandu in his social development restaurant — one of the many projects he has brought to fruition — I thought I must have the wrong person.  Certainly this is not the iconic, internationally-renowned, award-winning Nepali I’d heard so much about.  This guy looks like a...

NEPAL’S RURAL SURGERY PROJECT

Making Surgical Care Available to the Remote Rural Areas of Nepal by Dave Carlson. Providing healthcare to the remote areas of Nepal has always been a challenge from the public health and clinical perspectives. Populated urban areas have historically benefited in quality and services over populations residing in hill and mountain areas. While sparsely populated, over half of Nepal consists of hill and mountain communities. Now as never before, technological innovation is making it possible to seriously address the health needs of millions of Nepalese people long marginalized. Increasingly tele-medicine is reaching out to remote small clinics and in doing...

Free Windows 8 Background Theme

HEF – Windows 8 background Theme Click on the image to download the free Windows 8 background theme. The theme is stored in a ZIP file.  You will see a download option to open or save. Choose OPEN. Then double click on the only file in the folder. The desktop theme will automatically install on Windows 8

Kathleen Lee Flute Recital for Hands in Hands in March 2014

Kathleen Sungu Lee, a high school senior at Seoul Foreign School (SFS) has recently founded the Hands in Hands Foundation, primarily to support the underprivileged students in Nangi Village, Nepal. The main focus of the foundation is to provide tailored renewable energy solutions, mostly solar PV power and small-hydro power, and an affordable Energy Storage System (ESS), to the impoverished Nangi community in Nepal. Kathleen took the initiative to perform a flute concert to raise support to continue with these projects. Her March 2014 concert at the uJung Art Center in Seoul raised $9,000 US. Dr. Mahabir Pun is grateful...