Welcome To The Website Of Himalayan Education And Development (HEAD NEPAL)

⇒About Head Nepal

The Himalayan Education And Development (HEAD Nepal) is perpetual successor, autonomous, self-governing, organized, non-profit making, non-political, non-religious and non-governmental regional organization working for the empowerment and development of people with disabilities in the Himalayan region of Nepal. The organization was founded in 2011 by Mr. Chhitup Lama with the active participation of the local people of Humla.
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⇒What HEAD Nepal does

Head Nepal basically works for all kinds of persons with disabilities in Humla district as far as its resources favor. We conduct a numbers of support services, vocational/educational training, awareness/sensitization programs workshops/seminar throughout the year for different kinds of persons with disabilities with different age group. However currently our major focus remains on providing education/training to the blind and partially sighted children in Humla. Read More about our works

⇒Recent Activities

HEAD Skill Development Center (HSDC) started three month knitting training for persons with disability:

After Immediate completion of three month sewing and cutting training, HSDC started three month machine based knitting training for persons with disability with financial support of ADARA Development Nepal. Currently 7 persons with different disability are being trained in the center.

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Three month sewing and Cutting training for Vulnerable Women has Successfully been Completed:

HEAD Skill development center completed three month sewing and cutting training for vulnerable women of Humla on24th July 2015. The training was ended with a simple program with distribution of sewing machines and accessiries to the all trainees. All together, there were 12 women in the training. out of 12 trainees 2 of them are persons with disability

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HEAD Family 2015 Group of Sewing and cutting training 2015 Computer skill training 2015 Kniting Training 2015 Recording Children song children are studying in study hall Children and student are playing

Our Current Project

⇒The HEAD Vision Home

The Head Vision Home is a residential educational training center for the children with visual impairment situated at Simikot. Students arrive from all parts of Humla district and are welcomed without distinction of caste, creed or any background. The Home provides the children with free boarding lodging, and educational training specially in Braille reading/writing, daily living skills, orientation and mobility, English language, confident building training and computer skills. The Home also supports the children for their successful inclusion and integration in the mainstream education by assisting the children with regular study at the home and at school. With completion of education activities, The home envisages that a Humla which is known for successful inclusion and integration of children with visual impairment into mainstream education and altimately they are actively and meaningfully participated in all sectors of society with high position and dignified life. So far, three students with visual impairment are already graduated and all of them are successful to passed SLC Examination!!! Read the Profiles of the Children Read more About HEAD Vision Home

⇒The Head Skill Development Center

The Head Skill Development Center is a project by Head Nepal based on the idea that offering an appropriate learning environment with wide range of basic to advance trainings not only to people with disability but also to the marginalized group of society such as women, Dalit, ethnic community, single woman and conflict affected etc. to improve quality of life and promote community inclusion. The training may cover a range of capacity building, vocational and educational training, and skill/leadership development courses. The major objective of the Head Skill Development Center is to make the marginalized group of people including people with disabilities more independence and confident so that they can actively/meaningfully participate as fully as possible in family, community and society. It also organizes a series of workshops, seminar and awareness/sensatization programs throughout the year which help them for their social and economical inclusion.

Recently, the HEAD Skill Development Center together with Women Welfare Service completed the Three Month Sewing and Cutting Training for Vulnerable Women throughout Humla district. Among 12 Trainees two of them are persons with disability. Read more About HEAD Skill Development Center

⇒Disability Information Advisory Service (Help Desk)

Head Nepal in coordination to Women and Children Office Humla developed a kind of advisory and counseling services related to disability issues to make every service/support or information accessible for disabled people and their network. Disability information advisory services (Help Desk) provide independent and free information and advice to disabled people, their families, friends, colleagues, caregivers, service providers and the general public. This support service may include specific information in regards to particular disability, family counceling, encouraging and motivating the disabled people themselves, And more over it is to find right services for the right persons with disability and to make all the services/facilities accessible and available for the persons with disability and their community. The Disability Information Advisory Services (Help Desk) recently helped to collect application form for disability identity card in unified mobile Camp held in southern part of humlla from 24 Jeshtha to 03 Ashard 2072 and all together 176 application forms were collected.Read more About Help Desk Program

Notice Board:

Head Nepal Announces the name list of successfull trainees for Knitting Training

A Project by HEAD NEPAL, the Head Skill Development Center publishes the name list of the Successfull trainees for three month Knitting training as below: The successful candidates are selected on the basis of aplication and face to face interview held on 7thJuly 2015.

  • Dolma Lama, Thehe 8
  • Chhayan Sunar, Simikot 1
  • Rupa Bohora, Thehe 5
  • Janak shahi, Saya 5
  • Tilsara Sunar, Syada 8

Alternative Trainees

  • Yuri Tamang, Hepka 9
  • Khandu Lama, Hepka 2

We would like to congratulate and welcome to HEAD Skill development Center to you all the successfull trainees and wish you all the very best for wonderful training.

For more detail information on training, Contact at: Head Nepal Simikot 3 Humla, Tel: 087-680216 Mobile: 9841649462, E-mail: chhitup@headnepal.org, Website: www.headnepal.org please contact us

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HEAD Nepal Online Radio Station:

All our audio materials are being broadcasted 24 hours through online radio streaming. Please Click Here to listen to the HEAD Nepal Online radio.

 »The film "The Activist Journey"

The film " The Activist Journey 2-The Hidden Light of Hope of Humla" on the Activities of Head Mobile Blind School was awarded a Bronze World Medal by New York Film Festival 2013. The film was produced by a Singaporean television Company, August Pictures Pte Ltd. in November 2011 and was on aired in 2012 in Singapore.

Here is a short version of the film with the title "For the children with visual impairment of Himalayas"

If you are interested in watching the full film then Click Here to watch the origional film "The Activist Journey" in New york film festival official website

 »HEAD Nepal Short Promotional Video 2014

On 15th of August 2014, this short film was published together by Head Nepal and Kanthari Plus. The film was produced by Tomasz from Poland representing Kanthari Plus on the educational activities and the other projects of Head Nepal.

Experience/Impression of Our Visitors/Volunteers:

Experience of Prof. Boguslaw Marek Ph.D. OBE, The John Paul Catholic University of Lublin, Poland:

bob presentation on his workshop
bob teaching Gaugora about tactile graphic
My name is Boguslaw Marek Ph.D. but all my friends call me Bob for short. I work at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland but I also organize programs - workshops and seminars for teachers and parents of children with a visual impairment. I was in Head Nepal Simikot for a week in February 2014 conducting workshops for teachers, sighted children and learners with a visual impairment. It was not easy to decide which was a bigger surprise – the beauty of the Simikot Valley, or the scope of activities and the level of support offered by HEAD Nepal to children with a visual impairment at what seemed like the end of the world in a forgotten part of the Himalayas.

It was not easy to decide which was a bigger surprise – the beauty of the Simikot Valley, or the scope of activities and the level of support offered by HEAD Nepal to children with a visual impairment at what seemed like the end of the world in a forgotten part of the Himalayas. I knew know there were no roads leading to Simikot and that there were only two ways to get there – either on foot (just a ten-days’ walk from the nearest place accessible by car) or flying a small single engine or a Twin Otter plane from Nepalgunj or Surkhet – both services operating only in favourable weather conditions. With a suitcase filled with educational resources I did not have a choice and decided on flying from Nepalgunj – a decision requiring a certain degree of courage and patience. I waited six days in Nepalgunj, reporting at the airport at 6:30 each morning only to find out that the flight is cancelled due to a snow fall or strong wind . But I finally made it, and was welcomed by Chhitup Lama (founder of HEAD Nepal, by his colleagues Lokraj and Resham, by Tomek Kozakiewicz (another Pole who was there to make a video about HEAD Nepal and who told me about the organization) and by blindingly beautiful mountains surrounding the village.For more details on the experience/impression of the Prof. Mr. Marek about the workshop and his stay in Simikot please, Click Here

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People with Disability in Humla

A journey to Chhipra Village through a mountinous  rockey path
 A deaf person almost with no clothes
In regions like Humla, where poverty is so obvious, people with disabilities are the most disadvantaged. It is extremely difficult for disabled children to access education. Many people with disabilities are illiterate. The Nepalese culture with its religious and superstitious beliefs is not helpful when it comes to inclusion and integration of people with disabilities. Disability is seen as a curse or a punishment for family sins. Read more about people with disability in Humla

About Humla

The simikot airport and simikot bazar covered by snow
picture of heart of Humla Simikot
Humla is considered as one of the most remote and isolated regions in Nepal, reachable only by foot or small aircrafts which are irregularly landing in the district head quarter, Simikot. It is situated high in the Himalaya, in the Karnali Zone, North-western Nepal, bordering the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Humla has a size of 5.655sqkm and a population of about 50,000 (2011). The average altitude is about 3,000m above sea level. Humla is one of the highest districts in Nepal, with most villages lying at about 3,000m-5,000m above sea level. The climate is harsh, with snow for up to four months of the year. Only 1% of the land is arable, due to the rocky terrain. Read more about Humla

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