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Boudhanath Stuppa, peacefully shared by Nepal's Tibetan Buddhist community along with it's predominant, Hindu neighbors.

Tengboche Monastary

Near the metal factory where several of our HIO families live and work.

HIO sponsored, 2nd grader, Meenuka Mager, in her 10'x10' rented home shared by the 5 people in her family.  Her father is a hard-working self-employed welder and raising 3 children on his own after Meenuka's mother left the family.

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•     With many distinct ethnic groups and well over 35 languages, Nepali is the common language.  Kathmandu is the home for our HIO program and is the capital and largest city. 

•     Nepal has the densest number of world heritage sights in the world and unsurpassed natural splendor in its landscape. 



 

•     It's also the poorest country in South Asia with a mean income of about $350.00, a literacy rate of 35% and a jittery government and economy with unemployment hovering near 50%.  



    Nepal is located in the Northern hemisphere, landlocked between giant India to the west, south and east and to the north by China, who forcibly invaded and annexed Tibet.  

•     It's size is roughly that of North Carolina and its latitude on the same plain as Florida.  The elevation varies from sea level in the Southern Terrai region, to 4800" in the mid, Kathmandu area, to the highest point on Earth in the north with Mt Everest in the Himalayan range.  The distance from South to North may be as little as 100 miles.