Helambu Project’s Beau Miller on PolicyMic

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Beau Miller has just published his article on development in Nepal there.

Check it out: In a Globalizing World, Nepal’s Solution is Local.

Fantasy Football with Helambu Project USA

(American) Football season is nearly upon us.

What does that have to do with Helambu Project? Well, we strive to achieve a balance in all th

ings, and this fall we are balancing our karmic endeavors with

our love of sport. Helambu Project USA has created its own Fantasy Football league to raise money for

its efforts in Nepal.

By making a $40 donation to Helambu Project USA through PayPal, you will be invited to join the league and compete each week until the end of the season, when the league champion will win $200. Your league fee/donation will help us to bring teacher trainings, improved sanitation, and access to health care to the areas where we work.

Never played Fantasy Football before? It’s easy. Through our league, you can manage your team of existing NFL players, who will score points for you based on their performance in real games. The deadline for donations will be September 3.

Experience the thrill of competition and help us do some good by joining our league today.

Good luck!

Pearl does it again!

The Wonder Woman that is Pearl Wight!

Pearl Wight ran her third race in as many years to fundraise for the Helambu Project, raising £400 at the Skye Half Marathon in the early summer of 2011.

Pearl has been involved with Helambu Project for over 3 years as a nursing adviser, health camp worker and fundraiser, raising nearly £2000 for our Nepali friends – thank you Pearl!

On Yer Bike Johnny

John Prosser, a teacher from Bolton, UK is cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats from 23rd July to 10th August.

He visited Nepal in 2006 with his wife Heather and was struck by how friendly and open everyone was, and how generous with their time, help and friendship during his stay in their country. Despite having very little material posessions, these were some of the richest people they met.

He’s now taking the opportunity to pay back to the community that touched his heart by supporting the work of the Helambu Project.

You can support Johnny by visiting www.justgiving.com/onyerbikejohnny.

Ladies Day

Matt Dodds reports….

The weather forecast wasn’t looking good for our second “Ladies Day” fundraising event with some of the organisers suggesting postponement till later in the year, but hey this is Scotl and

and when it comes to weather it’s just a lottery. It was decided that, where our inaugural event was held in the garden, 2011’ s would be moved into the garage.

Our leading ladies then went about scouring the internet for decoration for the garage to be converted into a South Seas tropical outpost in the outskirts of Galston. After some sleepless nights and a lot of prep work, by our most able organisers and friends, the day arrived, sunshine, cloud and very, very windy but no rain.

Over 70 guests arrived some adorned in their brightly coloured Hawaiian outfits and on arrival a glass of tropical hooch and a garland were their welcoming  treats as they entered the plush indoor event.

A photo presentation of the school and Health clinics held in 2009 and 2011 was given by myself, giving background and more up to date information of what had been achieved over the past few years.

The day progressed with plentiful of food, refreshments, Baking display, Plant sale, Baking sale, raffle and our “Buy a Brick” for Helambu.

Our guests having arrived at 1400hrs were starting to depart by 1800hrs, having enjoyed a rare old time, and few a wee bit later than that. Ladies Day 2011 raised just over £2,000 and with some add on’s will be just over £3,000. A big thankyou must go to everyone who supported the event and mostly our organising committee of – Jeanette, Barbara, Elizabeth, Mae, Annie, Mary and all the helpers in setting up and clearing up the event.

A wee thanks to Galston BB, Galston Parish Church, St Sophias Church and Kilmarnock Scouts who helped out with chairs, tables and a marquee.

Matt has been a key fundraiser for Helambu Project since 2008.

Health Camp May 2011

The team

Helambu Project held it’s third and biggest Health Camp trek in May with Dr Mike Steven and nurse Pearl Wight returning to the region with a supporting tram of translators and porters. They were also joined by Australian nurse Greg Allen and a ‘pharmacy team’ of Chris Libmurg and Sarah Steven who helped to organise and distribute the medicine.

During their 9 day day trek they assessed and treated over 350 patients at the camps which took place in the villages, schools and retreat centres throughout the region.

Outwith the clinics they also undertook home visits for those too ill to travel and saw people ad-hoc whilst trekking.

Waiting in line


We held our clinics in the newly constructed primary school which sits around a mile below the Tarkegyang village. We held three clinics over a 2 day period at the school itself and an additional clinic in the community hall at Tarkeyang for the elderly villagers too frail to make the journey downhill. Overall 120 patients were seen with ages ranging from infants to the elderly. With large numbers of people to see, we developed a triage system whereby the villagers would document their personal details and symptoms to a translator following which they’d be directed towards the appropriate medic. If the consultation led to a prescription, they’d see our makeshift pharmacy for the medication. We were careful to give both written and verbal instructions when necessary and the patients were all encouraged to ask questions.

At Help Self Dharma Group Centre

One the morning of the second day we walked up to Help Self Dharma Group Centre, a Buddhist retreat run by Meme Urgyen where we held an open clinic. Dr Mike was also allowed into the residential compound itself to see those individuals who were currently in isolation. This visit was particularly well received as several with ongoing conditions were able to access treatment they would otherwise have done without.

Gangkharka School

After a morning walk up to the foot of Ami Yangri, we stopped for a few hours at the mon astery and retreat

as the guests of Sangye Sherpa. We visited two retreat compounds and held impromptu clinics in the small entrance rooms to the buildings, treating several young students in each. The clinics also offered shelter from the early Monsoon downpours we’d been growing used to since our arrival!

After saying goodbye we descended down to Gangkharka village and Pasang Memorial Community school where we would hold clinics over the next two days. On the first day we did routine health checks on around 60 children who had arrived early for the new school term and focused on the wider adult community on day two. Since our last camp 18 months before, it was impressive to see that each child had their own medical folders which documented any ailments they had experienced and what, if any treatment had been given. It was also encouraging to see that the children were in better health and that various infections and skin conditions were under better control. We’d like to pass on our gratitude to the teachers and volunteers for their help in making this progress.

Yangri village

Another walk downhill to the village of Yangri where we set up the clinic shortly after arriving and held a busy clinic throughout the rest of the day and into the evening, seeing villagers and patients from the surrounding area.

We were also paid a visit from the pupils from the newly refurbished Yangri Community School, seeing around 90 people during our overnight stop.

Balgoan village

A brisk early morning walk uphill to the village of Balgoan where were held a bustling open air clinic in the centre of town.

In the hot summer sun we saw around 80 villagers including the pupils of Balgoan school who arrived en masse at midday. The central location offered little privacy at times but the villagers were unfazed and were more than happy to help each other out! Apart from some sunburn, our final clinic was as successful as the very first.

We left later in the day for a final stop at Baruwa before returning to Kathmandu.

As ever, the hospitality of the people we met was overwhelming and we’d like to thank the community for their kindness and support during our stay. None of this would be possible without Nima Sherpa, Helambu Project’s Field Coordinator in Nepal who organised and led the project. We’d also like to thank our translating team of Tsering, Norbu and Sangye, Pema for the fantastic cooking and the team of porters. Special thanks goes to Aga S?odownik, who raised money towards the medication costs.

As well us holding the clinics, the trek gave us renewed insight into the problems resulting from the lack of any health provision in the area. However, it also provided ideas on how improvements could be made, particularly with regard to developing a more permanent health service for the area. We held discussions with key community figures regarding these issues and plan to update you as things develop.

Donation from Banchory Primary Pupil Charity Committee

Banchory Primary Pupil Charity Committee is made up of children from each of the seven school years.

Supported by the teachers, their role is to help co-ordinate the fundra

ising within the school and make decisions on how it should be used.

Helambu Project have been very grateful for their support over the years.

Since 2008 the pupils have helped raise almost £2500 pounds ($4000 dollars).

Penpal letters from Nepal

M adeleine Leech

and Dr Mike paid a visit to the children of Banchory Primary School with a collection of colourful letters from

the pupils of the school in Gangkharka. Madeleine, an English teacher based in Devon, England returned home from Nepal in March after spending 3 months teaching at the school. Banchory Primary has enjoyed strong links with Pasang Memorial school having initially fundraised to help build the school.

Since that time they have contributed several hundred pounds each year towards the school upkeep.

The pupils in Banchory will be busy writing reply letters in the near future so that Dr Mike can take them with him when he heads back over to Helambu in May to undertake his health camp work.

The school also plans to send over warm jumpers and clothing from their lost property collection to help keep their Nepali counterparts

warm at night.

Dressing up for Helambu

The primary 1 children (age 5-6) from Galston primary school raised money for us at Halloween by getting dressed up!

Thanks to Deputy Head Lynsey Watt, the children were given the opportunity to come into school in their scary costumes.

Many thanks to all of the staff, children and parents of Galston Primary School for their brilliant fund raising over the last few years.


Also thanks to Ian Gebbie, a former employ of Diageo who applied to the company for a donation of £100.

Poland keeps rocking!

November 2009 Health Camp

Agnieszka, our volunteer who visited the school

back in 2009 and then organized a big fundraiser in Warsaw, didn’t forget Helambu!

Through the sales of posters donated by Polish Twozywo art group, she collected 600 PLN (about 150 EUR) which was recently transfered to Helambu Project.

The funds will go for the Health Camp that we will organize in May 2011.

The Health Camp will visit Gangkharka school and give checkups to all our students, and then will continue to other Helambu villages.

The money will pay for all of the medication and supplies we need for our health camp, with any leftovers being used to re-stock the clinic at the school.

Thank you Agnieszka for your continuing involvement, these funds will go a long way!

If you are interested in participating in the May 2011 Health Camp, please contact us at volunteers@helambuproject.org. If you are interested in helping out by raising funds for the medical needs or the school, please also contact us!

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