Peter Werth and Dhan Rai from WWF hand off equipment to the Shelri Drukdra School, in Saldang, Dolpa, Nepal.
In discussions with the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) it was decided that the projects completed in 2013 & 2015 with the students from the Academy of Green Energy and Technology (Hartford Public High School) were extremely successful and motivational for all involved. Our goal for 2016-17 is to have these partners complete the Nepal 3.0 power projects during this time frame. The school of Komas and Tinje located in Upper Dolpa have been surveyed for these installations. These systems will be more compact and utilize the latest technologies. It is our goal to make these units, easily transportable, easy to operate and robust. Adjacent to the schools are also Health Clinics where we want to provide power from these systems.
Himalaya Currents was established to create a service Non-profit agency that would focus its efforts in remote mountainous areas of the Himalaya. Originally the first projects were funded by the Werth Family Foundation and personal donations. These projects included the Kagmara Micro Hydro Project in Pugmo, Nepal and the Shelri Drugdra Middle School Solar/Wind system in Saldang, Nepal. Since the Werth Family Foundation is regionally based in its support, Himalaya Currents Inc. was created to reflect an international Non-profit agenda. Himalaya Currents would also serve as the technical service and installation team for these projects.
In September of 2013, the 501 C3 organization called “The Healing Hands of Gambia Inc.” was transferred to Peter Werth III. After assuming the role as Director, the name was changed to “Himalaya Currents Inc.” and now operates as such. Our mission statement was amended to reflect our new charter and the letters of incorporation modified.
After several of our original projects were completed in the Dolpa district, it became very clear that many of the problems in this area are interconnected. Energy, Education and Environment are tied together. Specific problems in this area are the infant and maternal mortality rate, social upheaval and environmental damage caused by Yarsha Gumba harvesting, and the Hepatitis B epidemic.
During 2015/16 much of the focus of Himalaya Currents was focused on direct financial support for several school budgets. The refugee problems that affected Europe, indirectly reduced the available support that many European NGO's had previously provided. Our organization therefore stepped in to bridge the short fall at several schools. This direct financial aid amounted to over $15,000. We also were engaged in substantial repairs to the Ringmo turbine, two small solar power units for Shey Gumba and the Komas School were installed. Lastly we commissioned the Ringmo Prayer wheel restoration project which should be complete in 2017.
I have been active in several projects in the Dolpa district of Nepal. I have found the people that live in the area to be kind, generous and genuine. It is this calm nature of their Tibetan ancestry that draws me to them. The political climate in Nepal is rather difficult to navigate. Unfortunately, the people and political parties that make the most noise get the most attention. Our friends in Dolpa are usually low on the priority list for assistance. They do not have many advocates for their needs, and like several other worthy organizations working in this area, we take it upon ourselves to help make a difference for the people of Dolpa.
Himalaya Currents Inc., has accomplished several projects this year with the valued assistance from many of our supporting volunteers. These contributions in labor, equipment, planning and procurement have made this all possible. We do not pay any salaries or have any overhead. Travel is not paid by the company. Himalaya Currents Inc., is a virtual company that is project focused. 2014 has seen our first substantial contribution from an outside donor. We hope to continue and solicit financial support in the coming year. As the success of future projects and designs gain notoriety, we will approach larger aide agencies to join with us to fund more projects!