"Help us in helping the helpless !!" Authentic Tibetan culture survives only in exile in a few places like Mustang which has had long historical and cultural ties with Tibet. For as long as space endures and for as long as living beings remain, until then may I too abide to dispel the misery of the world.

- His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

Background of HCH

Himalayan Children's Care & Environment Conservation Program (HCCH) is a non-profit social organization registered with the Nepalese Government and affiliated to the Social Welfare Organization. The HCCH is operating under the guidance of 9 board members and mobilizing 4 regular staff.

On 13th Nov 2006, The HCCH was founded by Lama Pasang for underprivileged children from extremely deprived families in the remote region of Mustang. He hails from Choede Monastic School in Lo-manthang, Mustang. He became the head monk of Choede Monastic School and served for 10 years. During his service at Monastic school, he realized that the children in Mustang suffered from a lack of care and that Mustang people were stuck in a vicious cycle of poverty so Mr. Pasang Lama founded the HCCH hoping to help the needy Mustang children and improve the livelihood of the local communities of Upper Mustang. The another major reason for establishment of HCCH is to gather the deprived children dwelling in the Upper Mustang in order to conserve their native, language , traditions, costumes and food habits which has been significantly eroded for the children who have been scattered around different place out of the Upper Mustang in the name of getting good education. Hence the HCCH is still being able to balance the quality of education with the traditions, culture and costume of the Upper Mustang.

In Mustang, parents have to engage their children in activities such as farming, fetching water, cattle grazing, collecting firewood and fuel in all seasons including the dead cold winter in order to ensure their survival. Due to the harsh environment, high altitude and minimal rainfall characteristic of Mustang, which lies on the Tibetan plateau, many people suffer from dietary deficiencies and health problems. The government initiated development and service delivery mechanism are more or less nonexistence and still not giving any focus for the development and improvement of livelihood for the people of Upper Mustang. As a result, the area remains quite poor in terms of economy and backward with respect to education, health and other basic infrastructure. HCCH hopes to provide the needy children from Mustang a better life with adequate food, shelter, education, healthcare, and a familial environment.

Almost all of the children are represented from the Upper part of Mustang as the HCCH basically focus on remoteness, extreme cold and dry arid region where it is stricken by extreme poverty, poor nutrition and health condition. Among them some children are orphans, while some have single parents, and the others are just from extreme poor families who cannot afford to feed the child. Although the children come fromdifferent backgrounds, they all have one thing in common. That is, the inability of their families to provide them an acceptable standard of living, an education and a good future.

HCCH aims to provide the children a modern education and upbringing while preserving the unique Tibetan culture and traditions of these ethnic Tibetans. We wish for our children to live together by developing mutual respect, understanding and love for each other, as well as for the world around them.

Despite the modernization drives in world, Mustang remains intact & backward. Currently, people of Mustang lack in Awareness, education and basic healthcare. Communities of Upper Mustang still have to sustain their livelihood by subsistence economic activities.

In a future the HCCH is planning to arrange scholarship scheme for the children to get easier access for higher education. Right after the completion of their education the organization will play key role to assist job opportunity to work in different governmental and nongovernmental organization working in the Upper Mustang. As we observed in the field level the local man power are the best person to work for the remote region of Mustang because they are the only human resources best suited to these extreme climatic conditions further more language, culture and traditions will greatly favors for active mobilization and implementations of development & conservation activities in these areas.