Volunteer: Jenny from Australia

Jenny volunteered in Nangi for five weeks in December 2012 and January 2013. Her is what she had to say about her experience: “I first heard about Nangi village 11 years ago from another volunteer and recently I was lucky enough to volunteer there myself. It was a fantastic experience. The people of Nangi are so welcoming and big hearted and happily include you in their daily life and work. The village and surroundings are just stunning…pine forests, farm land and snow capped mountains. I had read on the Nangi website from a former volunteer that although the students of Nangi could read and write...

BRIEF REPORT OF COMMUNITY MANAGED ECO-TREKKING TRAIL

  September 2012 to January 2013 by Chitra Pun, HEF 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 2012. We held a meeting of communities in Nangi village on the 25th January 2013 to distribute money that was earned during the last tourism season of 2012. 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 been run by communities....

Elsa from France

Elsa is a volunteer nurse from France working with the women to improve healthcare. Here is what she has to say about her experience. My name is Elsa, and I am a nurse from France. I quit my job in September 2011 after working for two years in a hospital ICU (Intensive Care Unit) in Paris and took a one way flight to Nepal. I came to this country without any fixed plans, with only a little bit of medical equipment from my hospital in Paris and a lot of hope and love to share…. I was very fortunate to...

Volunteers: Danny and Marj from Australia

Danny, Marj, their daughters and nephew Jason volunteered in March 2012 to renovate and rewire the volunteer roundhouse, rewire student housing, teach English and creative writing to students. Volunteers returning to Nangi will appreciate the new open floor plan in the main volunteer roundhouse which made the kitchen and common room one large area. This provides an open space for socializing and cooking together. The addition of one bunk room allows for more volunteers to share the space. The new wiring assures safe electrical service….when the electricity is flowing! Marg’s creative writing classes for older students will be the basis...

Jonni, Volunteer from Finland

Jonni, from Finland, is a long time volunteer with HEF. His first project was building a Finnish sauna in the village several years ago. The sauna provides health benefits along with relaxation for hard working villagers and volunteers. He was in Nepal this past October to work on the sauna and several wireless-dependent meteorological projects with Mahabir: “I cleaned the sauna stove thoroughly, which had rust and ash from moisture. We made a new chimney for it. The old one was simple and broken, and I think rain could get in. Ash must be removed regularly so it does not...

Meet the Teachers

We will be starting new pages dedicated to the teachers and students. While the pages are under construction I would like to start introducing the staff of Himanchal Higher Secondary School. The school is divided into segments which include: Grades 1-5 Primary; Grades 6-8 Lower Secondary Level; Grades 9-12 Higher Secondary Level. Raman Pun is the school Principle. He earned his degree in Commerce and Education from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal and has been teaching since 1998. He teaches Grades 9 & 10 Accounting and Grades 11 & 12 Business Study and Marketing. His administrative duties as Principle  include assuring curriculum...

Family Trekking in Nepal by Janita

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Eco: This new community trail in the Annapurna region is a beautiful trail that our family trekked in April 2012 with our good friend Mahabir Pun. We hope this short documentary encourages other families to travel with their kids and explore this part of the world. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYAKHq8MZOE Our recent trip to Nangi village was particularly special as we were able to share our experiences with our 5 and 7 year old daughters. Tips that we would encourage other parents to consider when planning a trip to Nepal include:  Seek out good paediatric travel advice regarding vaccines and associated...

Epilepsy Training Seminar Brings Hope

Nepal is a beautiful country, famous for its stunning Himalaya, rich culture and generous hospitality.  In a country that is only 65% the size of Victoria, its population is greater than all of Australia!  Yet, there are less than twenty neurologists in the whole country.   A significant percentage of people live in poverty, and most people are dependent on agriculture for a living.  For those living with epilepsy, access to specialist support, medication and community understanding of this highly stigmatized condition, life can be very isolating and overwhelming. A partnership between the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria (EFV) and the Nepal...

Volunteer family donate yak.

In 2011 Jiwan Giri, a former BOD member, wrote this about the yak breeding program: “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...

Meet Patrick Gray – new BOD member

  Himanchal Education Foundation would like to introduce our newest Board of Directors member, Dr. Patrick Gray. Patrick joined HEF two months ago after graduating from Yale University last year with a Ph. D. in English and Renaissance Studies. He is a former HEF volunteer first going to Nangi twelve years ago, after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He taught English at Himanchal High School for an academic year, from the fall of 2000 to the spring of 2001. Patrick continued his studies but always coveted a desire to return to Nangi or find a way to...