Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact
To date the Trust invested over $4,500,000 and implemented 5 micro-hydro plants, 6 village health posts, 3 village solar projects, installed solar equipment in the district hospital and renovated monasteries, including Nepal’s oldest monastery Halji Gompa.
Tourists from all over the world contributed to develop people in one of the last untouched places on earth and brought employment, happiness and hope to those living in harsh conditions, far away from western modernization.
Over 2,500 households gained access to electricity, which decreased the use of firewood for cooking and heating, but also has a positive impact on the environment, deforestation and the overuse of natural resources and at least 1,500 households registered themselves at our health clinics.
This resulted in improving health standards (hygiene), better sanitary measures (hot water), decrease in physical problems (electricity for food grinders, oil expellers) and better literacy and education (light to study).
All ourstaff in Humla are local people from our project sites who know the village people where we bring our clients to. This offers tourists unique opportunities to meet family members/ friends and stay at their houses (home stay), local priests, monks, artisans, crafts men, teachers, students, political leaders, etc.
Next to the opportunity tourists have to work with local people, we also organize interaction programs with locals, including project activities, interviews and cultural celebrations with local drinks, food, music and dance to welcome and thank our foreign visitors.
A recent example from Rotarian Adrian Lawrence, RC Wells, Distr. 1200, during the Somerset Rotarians ‘Trek to Build Health & Community’ illustrates this;
When it was time to leave, the whole village gathered on the roof tops offering apples, chang (the local homebrew) and yak butter, smeared onto our hair for good luck. The ladies dressed in their traditional costumes and jewellery. It was a very emotional moment and a lasting memory of how kind and happy these people can be, even when facing such adversity.