Over the years we have organized 378 missions and have helped more than a million people in many different countries. We have a 100-bed hospital in Kathmandu as well as smaller hospitals and clinics in various villages. We also have a school in the village of Khandbari serving children from kindergarten through 10th grade. Because of the focus on health and education, we have added an agricultural component into our operations. We have connected with an excellent organization from Japan, the Shumei International Institute, to implement this agricultural work and study.

Medical, non-medical, premedical students, and medical residents, as well as professional doctors (dentists, surgeons, and nurses) can volunteer from two weeks, several months, or up to a year, depending upon personal availability.

We always welcome teachers and other volunteers to teach at our school in Khandbari, the Surya School. We prefer for teachers to commit to a minimum of four months, and as long as two years. Our main needs for teachers are for the subjects of English, math, science and computer science. Applications are accepted throughout the year.


Upcoming Medical/Dental Trip: Sept. 23-Oct. 9, 2016

We are currently seeking healthcare professionals for a dental- and medical-focused trip to Khandbari and Chainpur, Nepal, Sept. 23-Oct. 9, 2016. During our two weeks in Nepal, we will be conducting temporary medical and dental clinics in and around these two villages in eastern Nepal; beginning organizational planning for a permanent 15-bed facility in Khandbari; and enjoying the beautiful countryside with some trekking. 

Full itinerary:

September 23: Depart Denver, Colorado
September 25: Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal. Stay at Annapurna Guest House
September 26: Fly to Khandbari Airport and drive to Chainpur village. Meet host family and begin temporary medical and dental clinic.
September 27-28: See patients at temporary clinic
September 29: Drive 1.5-2 hours to Khandbari. Meet host family and have free day.
September 30: Begin organizational work for permanent Khandbari Primary health clinic (future site of 15 bed hospital)
October 1: Visit Khandbari marketplace after breakfast then continue work on clinic.
October 2-3: See patients as appropriate while continuing organization of clinic and training of staff
October 4-6: Trekking in Himalayas. Travel by jeep to begin trek in Himalayas, stay in Manshima village.
October 6: Return to Khandbari and stay with same host family
October 7: Return flight to Kathmandu and stay at Annapurna Guest House
October 8: Return flight to Denver, Colorado from Kathmandu
October 9: Arrive in Denver, Colorado

Cost: $3500 (includes international flights, local transportation, accommodations, and food)

If interested, please fill out the application form and email to helpinghands@sannr.com or mail to 948 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302. We can also answer any questions you may have. 


We are currently doing medical work in three regions:

Khandbari

Khandbari is in the Eastern part of Nepal, near the fifth highest mountain in the world, Mount Makalu. This is the town where the founder of Helping Hands Health Education, Mr. Narayan Shrestha, was born and raised, and where he first thought of the idea to start Helping Hands to bring medical and educational help to this region. To get to Khandbari, you will fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar Airport, then take a 20-minute car ride up to the town.

Trips usually conducted in JanuaryMarch, and November.

Basic Trip Itinerary (3-weeks, including travel time)

  • 5 days in the village of Khandbari working in the hospital and the school
  • 3 days to another village near Mount Makalu
  • 3 days touring city and temples in Kathmandu
  • 9 days hiking into the Annapurna area, which is located in Western Nepal (2 nights will be spent in Pokhara)

Total Cost = $5,200 (all inclusive, including international airfare)

 

Dharmasthali, Kathmandu

Dharmasthali is situated in the Kathmandu valley. The 15-bed Helping Hands Clinic in Dharmasthali includes a lab, pharmacy, and operating room. One can travel daily to work from Kathmandu to Dharmasthali. The clinic was built with donations raised in the US with help from the local Nepal HHHE members and the community under the leadership of Mr. Shrestha.

Trips to Dharmasthali usually conducted in FebruaryApril, and October.

Basic Trip Itinerary (3-weeks, including travel time)

  • 10 days in Dharmasthali, morning and evening will be in Kathmandu
  • 9 days hiking into the Annapurna Area, which is located in Western Nepal (2 nights will be spent in Pokhara)

Total Cost = $4,900 (all inclusive which includes international airfare)

 

Barabisse, Sindhupalchok

Barabisse is very popular with business people who travel to and from Tibet, and is the only route to travel to and from China. The district Sindhupalchok was one of the hardest hit by the April 25th 2015 earthquake. HHHE sent its first relief team to this district, and we would like to continue our presence in this town. Volunteers who sign up to go to this area are highly appreciated!

Trips usually conducted in May and September.

Basic Trip Itinerary (3 weeks, including travel time)

  • 8 days of medical work in Barabisse (it will take 5 hours to drive each way)
  • 3 days touring city and temples in Kathmandu
  • 9 days hiking into the Annapurna Area, which is located in Western Nepal (2 nights will be spent in Pokhara)

Total Cost = $4,900 (all inclusive which includes international airfare)

 

June, July, and August

Because of the monsoon season, the weather is very hot, humid and rainy during this time. We do not schedule any formal trips to our villages, however we can send volunteers to work in our hospitals in Kathmandu, Dharmasthali, and Khandbari. This is a great time for medical and pre-medical students to participate and gain hands-on experience with local doctors. HHHE has sent many such volunteers during these months. We emphasize the importance of volunteer involvement during these particular months. We can offer two weeks, one month, or any other amount of time that you can give to us. Medical, pre-medical, or non-medical students will get $1,000 discount if you write a letter of request with a 2-page essay on why volunteering for HHHE is important to you.


ABOUT NEPAL

Nepal shares borders with the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north and with India in all other three sides. The country has an extreme topography and climate. The altitude ranges from 70 meters to 8848 meters and the climate varies from tropical to polar in the short distance of about 120 miles between the southern and northern borders. The country is an average of 553 miles east to west. This small land-locked country is located more than 1000 km from Calcutta, India, its most important port.

Nepal’s population in terms of race and language can be divided into two main groups: the Aryans, an Indo-European speaking group, and the Mongolian Tibetan-Burmese speaking ethnic groups. Nepali, a language originating from Sanskrit, is the mother tongue of about 50% of the population. The remainder speak other languages such as Maithili, Bhojpuri, Tharu, and Tamang, as well as others.. The majority of the population is Hindu (80.62%), the state religion until 2008. The other religious affiliations include Buddhists (10.74%), Muslims (4.2%) and Christians (0.45%). Nepal’s population is estimated at 31.5 million (July 2015) with an annual growth rate of about 1.79% (2015 estimate). About 30% of the population is under the age of 15 years. 

Nepal is one of the groups of countries classified by the UN as least developed. With a GDP per inhabitant of US $2400 (2014 estimate), Nepal ranks with African countries such as Zimbabwe and Senegal as one of the world’s poorest countries. No clear documentation on absolute poverty in Nepal is available and figures vary, depending on calculation methodology, from 40-71% of the population.

Social development remains at a very low level. Infant mortality is 39 per 1000 live births (2015) and average life expectancy is 66.2 years of age for men and 68.9 years of age for women. Only 63.9% of the population can read and write–76.4% of men and 53.1% of women (2015 estimate).

In the health sector there were only 89 hospitals with 6796 beds in the fiscal year 2005-06. In the same year there were 1,259 doctors working in the government hospitals together with 11,637 nurses and 7,491 health assistants.