HEF Board Changes

Mahabir was able to reconnect with faculty from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the Kearney community at large during his attendance at the Fall 2013 UNK World Affairs conference. In meeting with several individuals, it was suggested that the board be expanded locally. In addition to current board members Dr Leonard Skov and Bill Ballou; Susan Bigg, Dr Ron Konecny. Sally Lundell, Sherry Morrow, and Peg and Roger Nyffeler agreed to serve on the HEF board. The new board met in February and May of 2014. We have updated the HEF mission statement. Also an agreement with a...

Reflexology to Ukulele Playing: One Volunteer’s Experience

Pam, a recent volunteer from the UK, had this to say about her experience: “I spent a month in Nangi this last summer (2013) and I had a great time. I gave some classes on reflexology to the women from the village with the idea that they could do some foot massage on the Trekkers passing through and staying at the lodge. A total of 6 women were interested and attended 10 classes. There were classes for the 10 young girls, 17 years old that we had at 7 am because they were busy the rest of the day! I...

Dr. Mahabir Pun and Volunteers Install Solar Panels, Pumps, Generator and Camera

Report from Dr. Mahabir Pun: A group of six people from OCI Company Korea arrived on February 7, 2014 and installed 1,200W solar panel for the computer lab in Nangi and 1200 W solar panel for Paudwar school with battery back up. They also had provided 2,200W solar panel for the water pump in Mohare Community Lodge. On February 10, we had a group of 14 university students and one professor from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. They were members of Engineers Without Borders.  It was good opportunity for them to learn things from real situation and good support...

Dr. Mahabir Pun Develops Advanced Technology to Track Trekkers

Have you ever spent sleepless nights wondering if your loved one was safe while trekking in a remote region of the world? Families can thank the famed Magsaysay Award winner from Nepal, Dr. Mahabir Pun, for his innovative technology which offers trekkers and their families peace of mind. Mahabir Pun has developed a tracking device called E-tag (Entity Tag) and known as a Tourist Tracking System (TTS). The device is being tested in the Ghandruk-Ghodepani area of the Annapurna foot trail in Nepal. Funded by the Asia-Pacific Tele Community in Bangkok, Thailand the tags are designed to locate lost trekkers. Mahabir was voted...

Message From Mahabir Pun

Dear Supporters of Himanchal Educational Foundation from all over the World We are very thankful to all of you for your strong supports, prayers, and thoughts for different projects in Nepal through Himanchal Educational Foundation. Despite many difficulties, problems and challenges, we have become able to accomplish many things and there are still many more things we are hoping to accomlish. Your supports continue to give us hope. One of our next steps is to build a college for the children of poor people, who can’t afford to go to college in the cities. From all of us at Himanchal Educational...

Community Eco Trail Report

  BRIEF REPORT OF COMMUNITY MANAGED ECO TRAIL by Chitra Pun, Field Officer I am very happy to get an opportunity to acknowledge to all respective people about Community Managed Eco Trail and its progress in the Spring season 2013. We held a meeting of communities in Tikot village on the 20th July 2013 to distribute money that was earned during the first tourism season of 2013. In the meeting, people were participated from Banskharka village, Dandakateri village, Nangi village, Aula village, Tikot village and Khibang village where community dining hall with home stay and community lodges for trekkers have...

Dr. Stoner Resigns From HEF Board of Directors

Dr. Debra Stoner has resigned from Himanchal Education Foundation Board of Directors. Deb joined the board in 2003. She will continue to supervise the volunteers, provide medical direction for Nangi Clinic and write for the HEF website until June 2014.  She plans to continue her support for HEF by writing and publishing a book about Mahabir Pun. You can read her blog book called Wireless Prophet at: www.wirelessprophet.com HEF is seeking qualified individuals to serve on the board. If you are interested please contact Dr. Leonard Skov at: [email protected]

Bath Spa University Professor and Students Volunteer in Nangi

Dan is a professor at Bath Spa University in the UK. He and four of his students joined the team from the University of Vic for an unforgettable teaching experience at Himanchal Higher Education School in Nangi this past spring. Read what Dan had to say about the teaching experience and his own opportunity for adventure. “I visited Nangi from 27 March to 6 April with a group of four undergraduate education studies students from Bath Spa University in the UK. We were there to find out about the Nepal education system and particularly the role of examinations and evaluation in...

Catalonia Professor and Students Teach in Nangi

Each year volunteers come to Nangi from all over the world to teach English and other subjects at the school. In a joint effort by University of Vic in Spain and Bath Spa University in England, several students and two professors were in Nangi in April 2013. Below is an account by the Spanish professor Marta. Come back next month and read what the professor from England had to say. “My Name is Marta. I am a professor and lecturer of the University of Vic. Vic is a small city situated north of Barcelona (Catalonia). Last April, I had the...

New Website for Nepal Community Trek

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek project was established in 2010 with the financial support of UNDP/MEDEP and village contribution. This is a unique trekking route in Nepal due to its objective – to support the community of Parbat and Myagdi Districts in order to develop the education system in the villages. Read more here.