Mountain Spirit (MS) has successfully conducted Sexual and Health Awareness program in four VDCs (Manankal, Kiul, Helambu, and Baruwa) of Sindupalchok District in 2001. As a part of the same program materials were distributed in four schools located in the program area. An American NGO, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) USA, funded the program. A team of MS members Mr. Gelu Sherpa, Mr. Ang Tsering Sherpa and Mr. Nono Lama have conducted this program from 20th to 24th January, 2004. The program was conducted to create awareness about fatal diseases such as HIV/AIDS and other STDs through young generation of school societies.
A two-day Strategic Planning Workshop was conducted on August 7th and 8th 2004 in Kathmandu at MS office. The workshop cum meeting developed 20 years vision and 5 years strategic plan to fulfill MS objectives. Altogether fifteen MS members participated in the program. The strategic plan was prepared by exercising the Appreciative Participatory Planning and Action (APPA) and Logical Framework. MS General Member Mr. Mingma Norbu Sherpa had facilitated the workshop cum meeting and the reports were prepared by Ms.Ngima Sherpa and Pasang Dolma Sherpa respectively.
Mountain Spirit as in previous years, organized a "Basic Accounting and Financial Management Training Cum Workshop on 25th and 26th September 2004 in Kathmandu. The training was conducted by B.K. & Company, Kathmandu. The training program was organized to empower MS members. Altogether ten participants took the training and there were four facilitators.
Allo (Nettle) workshop and exhibition was held in Hotel Ambassador, Lazimpat, Kathmandu from 6th to 15th February, 2004. Eight professional weavers from London Guild of Weavers and sixteen nettle weavers and knitters from four VDCs of Sankhuwasava district, Mangtewa, Tanku, Bala and Sisuwa had participated in the workshop. The objective of the workshop was to respond to the weavers, request for help with Allo product development and marketing and to follow the suggestions of Late John Dunsmore had made in the preliminary draft report for HARP (Hill Agriculture Research Project) in October 2000. During the workshop, various activities such as weaving, stitching, braiding, knitting cloths, finishing, spinning, dyeing and felting of allo textiles were carried out. The importance of Allo plant, it's fiber extraction, cultivation and marketing of Allo product as well as necessary future plans were discussed at the talk program delivered by the invited speakers on seven different days. The equipments for the workshop brought by the trust fund were handed over to the Allo Club Production Centre (ACPC) repectively. On the final day of the workshop, an exhibition program of Allo products took place. The representatives of various embassies, hotels and other different organizations along with individuals including media personnel observed the exhibition. Ms. Ang Diku Sherpa of Mountain Spirit had taken the sole responsibility of coordinating the international workshop and exhibition. Textile designer and promoter Ms. Sherpa has a long experience on Allo production. John Dunsmore Memorial Textile Fund, UK had funded the workshop and exhibition.
"Participatory Workshop on Responsibility and Rights of Mountaineering Workers" was successfully concluded in Kathmandu on 29-30 August 2014. Mountain Spirit organized and facilitated the workshop in collaboration with Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA), Nepal Mountaineering Instructor Association (NMIA), Sherpa Adventure Gear and Khumjung School Alumni Association (KSAA). A workshop organizing committee was formed under the leadership of Dr. Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa, adviser to MS and President of KSAA. A total of 40 mountaineering workers gathered for the workshop with the goal of identifying and articulating the current issues they face within the industry. Participants came from a range of mountain communities, including eight mountain districts and represented a range of experience, from 14 time Everest submitters to those newly entering the profession, to others whose mountaineering careers began in the 1970s. Using a range of participatory methodologies, including role-play, SWOT analysis and appreciative inquiry, the participants came up with the major issues related to training and professionalism, over competitive business environment, rules and regulation, search and rescue, benefit sharing, fair employment practices, and monitoring during expeditions. After the one-day workshop a public forum was held in the presence of the Minister for Tourism of the Government of Nepal. Approximately 100 people were present, including members of the NMA, TAAN, Expedition Organizers and decision-makers from the government. At this forum, a representative of the mountain guides and workshop participant Mr. Tenzeeng Sherpa shared the workshop conclusions and proposed actions for feedback. The Honourable Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Bhim Prasad Acharya, Constituent Assembly Member Mr. Kripasur Sherpa, Chief of Mountaineering Section of Ministry of Tourism Mr. Ram Prasad Sapkota, President of NMA Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa, President of Expedition Operators Association (EOA) Mr. Dambur Parajuli, president of Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) Mr. D.B. Koirala and General Secretary of NNMGA Mr. Pasang Sherpa expressed their views on the workshop outputs n behalf of their organizations. The program concluded under the chairmanship of Workshop Convener Dr. Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa, MS adviser and President of KSAA and the outgoing President of Mountain Spirit Mr. Nima Lama Hyolmo gave the welcome remarks.
Mountain Spirit team in partnership with Snow Leopard Conservancy, USA was able to successfully organize a 5 days long training of Local Resource Persons for Four Snow Leopard Savings and Credit Management Groups of Khumbu region namely Phortse, Thamo, Thame and Thameteng. The training was given to eight trainees by Narayan Prasad Regmi (former auditor of those groups) followed by Mrs. Shanti Thapa Magar and Mr. Nandalal Majhi from World Education. The main objective behind the training was to make the groups capable enough to maintain their financial records themselves in other words build a self sustaining environment among the groups, so that the funds available could be effectively mobilized in productive sectors.
With the aim of supporting schools for computer-based education, Mountain Spirit in collaboration with Mountain Spirit Deutschland has started an initiative to distribute Labdoo Laptop to different schools. These laptops will be used in the classrooms for children while teaching different subjects. The Manjushree Community School Jorpati and Yangrima School Shermathang were selected for the initial phase. A first laptop was handed over to Manjushree School on 20 February 2014 by MSD President Mr. Wolfgang Henzler to the School Principal Mr. Acharya Norbu Sherpa in the presence of Mountain Spirit President Mr. Nima Lama Hyolmo, General Secretary Mr. Lhakpa Tenji Lama (Sherpa) and the School Trustee Ms. Nimi Sherpa. Labdoo is a non-profit organisation which collects deprecated laptops from individuals or companies and allocates them free of cost to projects around the world.
A Basic Training on Appreciative Inquiry (AI) for Mountain Spirit members concluded with the second part of training on 26th October 2013. The first part of the training was conducted on 28th September 2013 at Mountain Spirit’s office in Baluwatar, Kathmandu. Mountain Spirit has been practicing AI from the formation stage of this organization and has used it in different sectors such as in identifying the strength of the organization, community planning, institutional development, monitoring and evaluation, ecotourism development, conservation and so on. One of the objectives of Mountain Spirit is to provide its members with innovative tools that will help in both individual and organizational development.The main objective of the training was to introduce basic concepts of AI to members and build their capacity to conduct 4D cycle with AI interview skills. Seven MS members participated in the the training. During the second part of the training, MS board members and advisors were invited to provide their input to complete the 4D cycle of AI. MS advisors -Ms. Chhing Lamu Sherpa, Mr. Ang Phinjo Sherpa and Ms. Ram Maya Thakali shared their ideas and provided suggestions in the program. At the end of the program, advisor Mr. Ang Phinjo Sherpa handed over a training certificate to the participants and President Mr. Nima Lama Hyolmo made closing remarks with a vote of thanks to all participants, advisors and staff. Executive Director Mr. Lhakpa Tenji Lama (Sherpa) was the training facilitator.
It is our pleasure to share that our General Member Ms. Sonam Dolma Lama Hyolmo, a teacher of Yangrima Boarding School Shermathang Sindhupalchowk, was awarded "Best Teacher Award" by the Prajapati Prasai Foundation on September 2013. The mountain Spirit family would like to congratulate Ms. Hyolmo for receiving this prestigious award for her excellent teaching service. We also hope her achievement will inspire other mountain youths in considering their own contribution towards educational development in mountain areas.
Three day long Appreciative Participatory Planning and Action (APPA) workshops were conducted in Phortse, Thamo, Thame and Thameteng villages of Khumjung and Namche VDCs with active participation of Snow Leopard Saving and Credit (S&C) Groups between November 23 and December 5, 2016. The S&C groups were established with the financial and technical support of Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) of USA in 2010 and 2011. More than 15 members took part in each of the village specific workshops. The majority of the participants were women. The objectives of the workshops were to discover strengths of each saving and credit groups and prepare a ་three year action plan based on a shared vision to enhance their livelihood and conserve snow leopard in the Sagarmatha National Park. The workshops were facilitated by a team of APPA practitioners from Mountain Spirit including Mr. Lhakpa Tenji Lama, Dr. Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa, Dr. Mingma Norbu Sherpa and Mr. Ngawang Thapke Sherpa. The team was assisted locally by Ms. Kami Doma Sherpa and Ms. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa of Thameteng village. Ms. Chhing Lhamu Sherpa provided her inputs in the workshop planning and report preparation phases. The planning workshops assisted each of the S&C groups in discovering their strengths and opportunities, understanding individual and institutional capacity, and identifying potential livelihood improvement activities and conservation initiatives. The workshops also helped reorient the groups in the concept of saving and credit operation. All four S&C groups of Phortse, Thamo, Thame and Thameteng villages appreciated the support provided by the Snow Leopard Conservancy in establishing and training the groups. The groups are interested in expanding their activities and memberships. They are seeking continued support and cooperation of partners such as Snow Leopard Conservancy, Mountain Spirit, SPCC and SNP Buffer Zone for the long-term sustainability of snow leopard conservation and livelihood improvement.
Namche VDC, Thame Valley Solukhumbu- Kumbu region is one of the most famous areas for tourism in Nepal. Since the flow of tourists are in huge numbers during the peak seasons so, lodge management is one of the important aspects that should be taken into consideration by the people from this region. In order to manage the lodges available for the tourists, Lodge Management Training was necessary for the people of this region. Hence, Mountain Spirit organized a seven day (10th-16th November, 2000) training which was supported by an Austrian INGO and Eco-Himal respectively. The training was provided by Mr. Krishna Prasad Sharma in which Mr. Mingma Norbu Sherpa was the project leader, Mr Lhakpa Tenji Lama was the training co-ordinator whereas Mr. Gelu Sherpa was the training facilitator as well as the reporter. Altogether there were 29 participants (26 females and 3 males) from 5 different wards of Namche VDC. During the training, the participants were taught to prepare 50 different food items. Furthermore, there were discussions on various topics namely: front office, restaurant section, kitchen section,house keeping,first aid,personal hygiene,sanitation,family planning,and fatal disease AIDS.
A three-day workshop of participants was organized by Mountain Spirit starting from 5th to 7th April, 2005. The workshop was conducted through Appreciative Participatory and Planning Action (APPA). The general objective of the three-day workshop was to prepare a five-year tourism development plan for Humla based on the learning from the study tour to Ghandruk. The specific objective of the workshop were to identify the tourist attractions in Humla, share the learning from the Ghandruk study tour and to incorporate it into a plan and also to envision the future, identify the activities and prepare a five year plan respectively. The workshop was successful because of the strong feeling and personal commitment of the participants to develop their region according to what they had learned from the Ghandruk study tour. It was clear that "Learning by Doing" was very effective with people who were not usually exposed to new ideas. Due to the geographical situation and lack of resources, there is no possibility of any industrial development in the region. Tourism is the only industry suitable for the development of remote areas like Humla.
On 4th August 2015, Mountain Spirit Deutschland and Mountain Spirit Nepal donated medicines to earthquake victims of Ghatlang VDC, Rasuwa District. The donated medicines were as per the list of important medicines requested by Ghatlang Health Post. Considering increased demand of medicines due to Earthquake and Monsoon season, Mountain Spirit will very soon donate another package of medicines to Ghatlang Health Post after successful utilization of recently supplied medicines. Mountain Spirit Nepal highly acknowledges generous support from Mountain Spirit Deutchland. We are also pleased to extend sincere thanks to Dr. Rainer, Dr. Friedrich, Anne and team for their valuable effort.
Mountain Spirit member, Mr. Rinzin Phunjok Lama from Humla has been selected for the Earth Corps Program 2014. He will be attending the six-month environmental training program from June to December 2014 in Seattle, USA. We would like to congratulate Mr. Rinzin on this opportunity and extend our best wishes for a successful training program in the US. The Earth Corps program brings young environmental leaders from many countries together to learn about the fundamentals of environmental services, community building and leadership. Four MS members (Ms. Kanchhi Maya Sherpa, Ms. Tuka Cheki Sherpa, Mr. Tshering Lama and Ms. Mingma Sherpa) have had the opportunity to participate in this program in the past.
A team of eleven members from Mountain Spirit visited Ghale Gaun in Lamjung from 25th to 27th April 2014. The main objective of this trip was to give members an opportunity to explore and interact with other mountain communities. Ghale Gaun is located 205 km northwest of Kathmandu, and the majority of the 115 households are of the Gurung (Ghale) ethnic group. The village has become a popular example of successful homestay tourism in Nepal. The group included MS members Mr. Ang Rita Sherpa, Mr. Ang Phinjo Sherpa, Mr. Lhakpa Tenji Lama (Sherpa), Mr. Sonam Dorjee Sherpa, Ms. Yangji Doma Sherpa, Ms. Chhoti Sherpa, Ms. Sangita Lama, Ms. Indira Lama along with non-MS members Mr. Pasang Sherpa, Mr. Pema Sherpa and Mr. Dinesh Tamang. They greatly enjoyed exploring Ghale Gaun, experiencing the hospitality of the Gurung homestays, and watching a Gurung cultural program performed by local elders and the women’s group.
On November 2009, several members of MS participated in the World Conference on Appreciative Inquiry held at Hotel Soaltee in Kathmandu. Mountain Spirit was also one of the co-organizer of this international event. National and international participants were present in the conference. Ms. Chhing Lamu Sherpa, Mr. Nima Lama and Mr. Lhakpa Tenji Lama attended the conference representing MS.
Mountain Spirit Nepal successfully conducted one and half days Health Camp on 24 and 25 November 2016 in Majkharka of Nametar VDC, Udayapur District, Nepal.The primary purpose of the program was to provide basic health checkup facility to the local people and to find out major diseases and health problems in Nametar VDC. During the two days program,a total of 153 patients were benefited out of which 92 were female.It was found that Tuberculosis and Gynecological problems were the major health problems in the area.The health camp program was supported by Mountain Spirit Deutschland and the field team was led by Dr. Pasang Hyolmo, Ms. Pema Sherpa (Staff Nurse), Rabi Shah and Durga Devi Dahal (Health Worker of Dahar Health Post).
Mountain Spirit in collaboration with CESVI launched a 30 months Community-based Land and Forest Management Project in the Sagarmatha National Park. Necessary preliminery planning meetings arrangements such as project field office establishment, appointement of field staff and initial project activities were completed. The role of MS was to partner to the action while Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) was involved as institutional counterpart of the project. The other institutional partners were Sagarmatha National Park, SNP Buffer zone management committee and community forest users group of the area. Mr.Tsering Sherpa was appointed as the field coordinator and Mr. Mingma Tseri Sherpa and Mr. Lhakpa Sherpa were selected as social mobilizers. They have also become members of the Mountain Spirit.
Taplejung Organic Vegetable Farming group also received necessary financial support from Mountain Spirit Nepal for developing and upgrading an irrigation system to expand the organic vegetable farming program. Mountain Spirit member, Mr. Ang Tenji Sherpa conducted an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training in Taplejung on May 2010. This training was conducted under the second phase support to Taplejung Organic Vegetable Farming Project. Thirty- five from the project areas took part in the training.
The Sacred Tenderel Nyesel Bumpa Offering Ceremony was held in Kathmandu on 15th April 2009. Dr. Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa, the president of Mountain Spirit chaired the program and Mr. Phuri Lama Sherpa, the general secretary of Mountain Spirit welcomed the participants.
After the welcome speech, Khenpo Ngawang Woser Lama highlighted the importance of the program while Tengboche Rinpoche Ngawang Tenzing Zangpo clarified the importance of Tendrel Nyesel bumpa. In the next session, Bumpa was handed over to the different Himalayan region by Rinpoche Ngawang Tenzing Zangpo.
Mr. Norbu Ghale gave remarks from a Himalayan community representative. Dr. Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa concluded the program with vote of thanks. The total participation were more than 90 including some journalists and Television channel. The program was organized by The Mountain Institute (TMI), Mountain Spirit and The Himalayan Voices. The program was conducted by Executive member of Mountain Spirit, Mr.Lhakpa Tenji Lama.
An Orientation cum Talk program was held in Kathmandu on 31st January 2009. Dr. Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa, the president of Mountain Spirit chaired the program. Mr. Gelu Sherpa, the vice president welcomed participants to the program. Then, Mr. Lhakpa Tenji Lama Sherpa made a brief presentation about the organization in order to give orientation to its new members.
After the orientation to its member, Mr. Pasang Sherpa, the lecturer from TU gave a presentation on ‘Social Inclusion’. Mr. Sherpa highlighted on the different issues of Social Inclusion in Nepalese context including conceptualization, challenges, ways ahead.
The next presenter, Dr. Krishna Bhattachan made a presentation on ‘IP’s Rights Ensured by ILO Convention 169 and UN Declaration’. Dr. Bhattachan focused on the roles and responsibilities of Indigeneous communities, community organizations to enjoy the rights ensured by such conventions.
The last presentation was made by Dr. Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa on ‘Climate Change’. Mr. Sherpa highlighted the different aspects of climate change: Global Warming, Green House Gases, Threats and Consequences, Sources of GHGs, Impact of Global Warming, Adaptation etc.
The program conducted by General Sectary, Mr. Phuri Lama was participated by more than 35 members including some journalists.
A two-day workshop was organized on December 4-5, 2008 in Kathmandu to discuss the importance of traditional concepts of sacred natural sites including beyuls. The workshop intended to bring together various persons actively engaged in conservation and management work in Himalayan beyuls including local lamas, protected area managers, policy-makers, community leaders, community members and NGO representatives.
The workshop was organized by The Mountain Institute (TMI) in partnership with Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), Eco-Himal and Mountain Spirit.
Dear Members, we would like to inform you that Mountain Spirit’s 20th AGM is going to be held on following date, time and venue. We will be expectantly looking forward for your kind presence.