In March and April of 2012, I had the pleasure of working with Himalayan Healthcare. They are an amazing non-profit organization helping poor villagers in the mountains of Nepal since 1992. Co-founded by Anil Parajuli, they provide medical care, education, and income generating opportunities to the rural people of Nepal.
Twice a year, they lead volunteer medical treks into the beautiful mountains of the Ganesh Himal. Our trek lasted ten days and we trekked through snow, rain, mud, fog, and over two mountain passes, the highest of which was 13,000 feet above sea level. We visited two remote villages along the way where we planted trees, met with villagers, and set up medical clinics where we treated hundreds of people with otherwise little or no regular access to healthcare. It was an awesome experience. The people were incredibly hospitable and appreciative, the scenery was incredible, and I made friendships that I hope will last a lifetime.
During our trek, Debi Lang, of Caring for the World Films, was working with us and filming the documentary, Hearts in the Himalayas, showcasing the work of Himalayan Healthcare. The film has since won several awards, including a prestigious Award of Merit in the Women Filmmaker category from the Best Shorts Competition. It also won 4 Omni awards, two Silver Omni awards in the categories of Documentary and Public Service Media. Director, Debi Lang, also won two Bronze Omni awards in the categories of Directing and Cinematography.
Himalayan Healthcare is always looking for volunteers. There are many ways to get involved and help with their mission of “helping people to help themselves.” For more information, please go to www.himalayan-healthcare.org.