Himalayan Healthcare

The mission of Himalayan HealthCare (HHC) is to create sustainable development programs in the remote areas of Nepal that will improve the quality of life for its people. Himalayan HealthCare achieves its mission by providing primary healthcare, community education, and income generation programs that enable people to be self-supporting in the long-term.

Himalayan Healthcare
PO Box 737 Planetarium Station
New York, NY 10024
United States
718-541-4726
http://www.himalayan-healthcare.org

US Director

James Gaffney

Management Team

Anil Parajuli, Soni Parajuli, James Gaffney, Anil Parajuli

Board of Directors

Anil Parajuli, Soni Parajuli, Rob McKersie, Tim Cotton, Dawn Anderson, Jack Levine, David Johnson, Michelle Fanzo, Monica Hau Hien Le, Steven Zabin, Anil Parajuli

Project Leaders

James Gaffney

Mission

The mission of Himalayan HealthCare (HHC) is to create sustainable development programs in the remote areas of Nepal that will improve the quality of life for its people. Himalayan HealthCare achieves its mission by providing primary healthcare, community education, and income generation programs that enable people to be self-supporting in the long-term.

Programs

HHC provides primary health care, education and income generation assistance to people living in remote and impoverished regions of Dhading and Ilam in Nepal. We provide programs to 265,000 people in 52 villages in these regions, which have little if any support from government or other NGOs. Our Village Programs include: 1) Health: our basic health program includes treatment for de-worming, gastro-intestinal illnesses, respiratory and other acute infections, childhood diseases, dentistry, ob-gyn services, provision of vaccines, vitamins and hygiene education, among other intervention. We also have the following health interventions: Safe Motherhood Program, Tuberculosis Program, Nutrition & Vitamin Program, Referred Village Patients (to city hospitals for surgery and other more complex procedures). Ilam Hospital: We established a community hospital in Ilam in far eastern Nepal, which serves a population of 300,000. Medical Treks: HHC arranges and supports a minimum of two medical/dental treks per year. Physicians, dentists, and nurses spend two weeks in either the fall or spring trekking into remote areas of Nepal to provide medical services to local residents, and to improve the skills of local doctors, dentists midwives and nurses. To date more than 450 medical professional have trekked with us and worked alongside their local village counterparts. 2) Sanitation: we have funded public toilettes and faucets in our schools and some public places. We have taught the schoolteachers to teach the students how to build their own pit latrines at home. In two years 150 latrines were built in three villages. In Dhading in 2009 we started a program to build pan toilets with a septic system for every household. In 2011 HHC helped build 48 permanent toilettes in two villages serving 500 people. 3) Efficient Woodstoves: Beginning in 2010 we introduced a much more efficient wood stove to our villages than what they had previously been using, training a local supervisor to lead construction. The design allows the smoke to escape the home better and the consumption of firewood was reduced by half compared to traditional stoves. The project has dramatically improved the air quality in the villages and significantly reduced the rate of deforestation. 4) Education and Literacy: In the beginning we had one school but today we support two high schools, three lower secondary schools and 14 primary schools. We also support scholarships for orphans, school renovation and libraries. Our Village School Program supports 8 schools directly by funding teachers' salaries, student scholarships, and books and supplies; we also support another 10 schools indirectly. Many of the high school graduates are further supported when they attend technical schools and colleges. Our non-formal education program has helped over 4,000 women and girls learn to read and write and over 60 students have enrolled in regular schools because of their lessons. Our Women's Empowerment Program started in 2008 offering vocational training to women. They have received education in safe motherhood, family planning, hygiene, sanitation, and environmentally friendly practices. The training not only helps the women but also teaches them to help others. 5) Income Generation Projects: Our projects often focus on women who are the foundation of their homes and communities. We facilitate skills training and create work opportunities enabling women to gain more financial independence and self-respect. We sponsor ongoing income generation projects and provide seed money to start new ones. Our programs train villagers as teachers, health providers, and skilled technicians. HHC also supports local entrepreneurial activities including rising chickens, angora rabbits, goats, pigs, medicinal plants, and metal crafting, weaving and knitting. Artisan crafts: We have also established a line of environmentally friendly handicrafts produced by village artisans, called JeevanKala. HHC, through Jeevankala, funds the production and shipment of handicrafts and the profits derived from them help support humanitarian projects in the villages of the artisans.

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