The Himanchal Education Foundation
The Himanchal Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to promote and advance Mahabir Pun’s vision for extended educational opportunities in rural Nepal.
With the support of local residents and international friends, HEF originally was founded to support growth of the Nangi school. The school exists through grade 12 with plans to add a college by 2015. HEF also supports economically sustainable business opportunities and a computer network in Nangi and surrounding villages. Our goal remains to improve the health and life situations for villagers in rural Nepal.
Himanchal High School has become the center point of community development in Nangi village, offering basic education and vocational training to students from grades K through 12.
Currently, Himanchal High School is a K – 12 school with about 350 students and 18 teachers. Four of Nangi’s neighboring villages have elementary schools and one has a middle school. After completing the schooling that is available in their villages, the students come to Himanchal High School for further study. Here students in Nangi study subjects such as English, Math, science, education, economics, social studies, accounting, business management, computers, Nepali and physical education.
Nangi is small village in the mid-hills of Nepal. While members of the village have been working to develop Nangi’s resources and build needed facilities for the community, the people have also tried to maintain their way of life, constructing homes, preparing food, and preserving traditions that have been practiced by the community for countless generations.
Nangi village is located in western Nepal on the Southern flank of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges of the Himalayas. Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m, 26,795 ft) and Annapurna I (8091 m, 26,545 ft) are the seventh and the tenth highest peaks of the world.