Himalayan Village Fund was founded in 2011 by a group of former schoolteachers who have travelled extensively in the Himalayan areas of India and Nepal. We are animated by a love of those mountains and the hardy but often impoverished people who live there. None of us has had any experience whatever in running a non-profit. Our amateur status may prove to be a virtue. Our approach can be simple, straightforward, modest, unpretentious and fresh.
We were incorporated as a non-profit charity by the State of Arkansas in May of 2011, and were awarded Federal 501(c)(3) status in February of 2012.
Spending time in Himalayan foothill villages inescapably confronts you with neediness and deprivation at very fundamental levels. You see in a hundred ways how much good could be done with very little money by First World standards. We will be looking for small village-level projects that address basic needs—medical, educational, nutritional, etc.—of poor villagers. We will favor projects that with moderate investments can bring immediate, measurable, sustainable benefits to some of Asia’s neediest people.