KAILASH MANASAROVAR CHILDREN OF HUMLA – KMCH
(The text is updated in June 2019.)
KMCH is a local and democratically built association in Nepal. It was founded in 2007 and has mainly focused on giving poor children from the district of Humla in Nepal the opportunity to go to school.
KMCH is registered at the District Administration Office in Humla and affiliated with the Social Welfare Council in Kathmandu. The Initiator and chairman of KMCH is the former Buddhist monk Chembal Lama. He is from the village of Yangar in Humla. Chembal lives since many years in Kathmandu, he is married and runs a travel agency and sales handicraft on the net.
KMCH Support Group in Sweden, was also started in 2007. It is a non-profit organization which supports KMCH in Nepal. KMCH Support Group has so far, with support from interested individuals, associations and companies, largely financed KMCH´s activities in Nepal.
Humla is called "The hidden Himalaya". It is one of Nepal's poorest districts. The roads are rather trails that winds along the mountain slopes and the means of transport are usually yaks, goats, donkeys or horses. Utility tools are often outdated, the illiteracy rate is still high and the access to health care is for most people outside the village of Simikot is still rather limited.
However, changes are afoot. A road is under construction from the border of Tibet. It has now reached the village of Kermi halfway between Tibet and the Simikot which is the capital of Humla. So now, the food KMCH buys in Tibet can be transported to the school home by lorries. However, it probably will take many years until Humla gets a road connection with other parts of Nepal.
The threshing with flails on the flat roofs has largely been replaced by mobile threshing machines and many greenhouses have been built in recent years. Since many years it has been possible to use internet in Simikot, and cell phones can be used in most villages.
KMCH has a clear environmental profile and all projects aim to promote sustainable development in the District. The association collaborates among others with the village council of Yangar, the monastery of Namkha Khyung Dzongs, which is the region's cultural center, with the school in the village of Yalbang and with the regional authorities of Humla.
KMCH´s School Home
KMCH runs a school home in the village of Yangar, which gives children from poor families the opportunity to go to school. 2018 47 children were living at the school home, including 27 girls and 20 boys. They were between 6 and 19 years old and attend a state school in the nearby village of Yalbang. Now in 2019 there live 67 children in the school home.
KMCH hired at the start 2007 premises for the school home, first in Kathmandu and then 2009 in a rented house in the village of Yangar. In spring 2010 the children in the school home in Kathmandu were moved to Yangar. In the autumn of 2012, the business was moved to an own building on land that the village council of Yangar already 2008 had earmarked for the purpose. The building consisted of four rooms in a plane with a provisional kitchen building nearby.
The place that KMCH can use is located some distance from the village of Yangar. KMCH had already in 2010, with help from the Swiss engineer Bastian Etter, built some toilets and brought water in pipes from a source in the mountains above. That source has the last years given us less and less water so in 2018 we had to go further up in the mountains to get water. Now we have enough water again.
Several investments have been made in recent years. Now there are two hostels with two floors containing bedrooms for the children and staff, classrooms, a storage and an office. There are stoves in most of the rooms. A new kitchen was built in 2016. The same year a water and hygiene project were completed that led to significantly improved hygiene facilities. However, much remains to be done to achieve good convenience. In 2019, the construction of shower rooms and new toilets were started. (On the photo you see the two hostels and our kitchen.)
The children manage a greenhouse and kitchen gardens. Yields from these provide important vitamins and a variety to the otherwise rather one-sided diet. All other food is purchased in Tibet or in Simikot. There is no food for sale in the neighbourhood.
During 2017 and 2018 we planted fruit trees in order to eventually have a further varied diet. We have sent some persons from Humla to Kathmandu to get trained in planting and caring for fruit trees. We hope that that the Tree Planting PROJECT (TPP) will spread knowledge outside the school home.