What we do

Helambu village

We work directly to support community involvement in schools and the schools themselves. Communities are often alienated from schools and lack a direct participatory role in how schools function. By supporting communities’ involvement in schools, communities are able to address schools’ problems directly and generate lasting and sustainable solutions. We also believe that schools can be a catalyst for larger communal and social changes in the region, and are currently developing a wide range of educational programs that address a wide range of social and communal issues and that can also be taught at schools. The current status of Nepal’s education system, especially in rural areas, means that teachers are often unmotivated and untrained and schools are understaffed and underfunded. Therefore, we also work directly with teachers and schools by providing them with necessary supplies and teacher trainings whenever possible.

To a lesser degree, we also work with the health care sector. In order to improve healthcare, we have run multiple health camps throughout the region in the past and have conducted basic first aid trainings for students as well as teachers and community members. In the past, we have also arranged for individuals with medical issues to receive free treatment for a variety of conditions, and have arranged for dental health camps and other medical services to be provided to communities in the region.

Helambu chorten

Why Education and Healthcare?
Healmbu Project works in these two sectors for several reasons. Most importantly, they are two areas where it is possible to have tremendous impact and two areas where communities are also in need. Many families are forced to send their children to Kathmandu for better quality education, leading to cultural and communal degradation, or are forced to travel to elsewhere to seek medical assistance, which is often prohibitively expensive for many families. Schools are also an excellent place to address and discuss larger communal problems through educational initiatives. By providing students and communities with knowledge and information, we help to empower them to decide the best approaches to their solutions without enforcing or imposing outside perspectives.

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