Our seven-member Board brings their individual skills, shared knowledge and their love of education and the Himalayas to the Fund.
Chair Tom Hornbein is a well-known American mountaineer, whose love of geology and human physiological limits and performance at high altitude took him to Everest in 1963. He was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle from 1978 to 1993, and since retired to Estes Park, Colorado.
Treasurer Michael Louie, a retired Feasibility Analyst, who worked in private, public and Non-profit sectors, brings both his business acumen and on-the-ground knowledge of Asia to our work. Having served on numerous San Francisco Boards, he visited our Asian partners in 1992.
Secretary Cynthia Hunt, MSc in Interdisciplinary Studies with 25 years’ experience in international development, lives and works in the Himalayas and is the founder of HEALTH Inc - India.
Our other members:
Jim Hunt, First Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Chancellor Emeritus University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and Chair to the US Congress' Technology Assessment Advisory Council, he brings both medical and management skills to the board. He visited Indian partners in 2000.
Kathryn Hornbein, retired pediatrician, brings that valued skill of asking questions and following threads to the Board. She has made 2 trips to HELP's Himalayan projects over the past 5 years with her husband Tom.
Ellen Bryant, MEd, retired teacher and 7-continents world-traveler, shares her rich experiences and passion in Ladakhi classrooms during 20 Indian visits since 1992.
Tamara E. Blesh, EdD, retired K-12 educator, Instructional Technology adjunct professor for University Colleges in Maine and Maryland & the Director of the traveling librarian. She has been helping us with literacy projects in Ladakh since 2006.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
...The number of NGOs operating in the United States is estimated at 40,000. International numbers are even higher: Russia has 277,000 NGOs;
India is estimated to have around 3.3 million NGOs in year 2009, which is just over one NGO per 400 Indians, and many times the number of primary schools and primary health centres in India.
...so why do we need the HELP inc Fund?
Strong and trusted partnerships
We're a trusted partner. Our Board Members have been working with Himalayan and Global partners since 1989; our projects are safe places to experiment.
We won't leave. And that's because of our structure. We partner with local governments and institutions who share our ethics, passion and goals. So what we invest in stays behind.
We don't duplicate other services. We go where others won't; we partner with groups left out of other development programs.
We maintain a structure that allows 100% of individual donations to go directly to projects. Our Board covers any admin or personnel costs.
We know that what's often needed is experience. Not money, not infrastructure; but a project partner experiencing a new idea and living it's impact. We live and learn together through new ideas.
We keep it simple. We stay small. We innovate. Our projects don't always follow the path we thought they would. But by their conclusion, the skills, knowledge and self-confidence needed for change are there, and our partners carry sustainable development forward in their lives, communities and future.