Astam Library Project









In March 2013, HANDS in Nepal combined forces, resources and love for learning with Mark Pinoli of Logged OnFoundation. Logged On is an Australian non-profit organization dedicated to bringing computers and the Internet to remote Nepali villages.


In Astam, which is located outside of Pokhara, Nepal and back dropped by the stunning Annapurnas, Mark and his team decided to establish a computer lab in a neglected and abandoned building. HANDS established a library in the same building for the Shree Bhumeshwor School. We hired local laborers to rain-and-dust proof the structure, build shelves, and reading areas. We then stocked the new library with books in Nepali and English, plus solar lights, for the village children and adults to read and work by.


We our looking forward to another project with Logged On; please stay tuned.

Jan, Bishow and Bishow's mother outside our library.

Jan, Bishow and Bishow’s mother outside our library.

Exciting New Library

Shree Students Reading New Books

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Hope in the Himalayas: 2 schools, 1 library and another on the way. HANDS in Nepal brings literacy to children in remote villages

HANDS in Nepal is an organization  designed to create education opportunities and community development programs in rural Nepal.  We began with the hope of building one school in the Ganesh Himals and now have 2 schools, plus 2 libraries and many scholarships to enable homeless children to attend boarding schools. We pride ourselves on being grassroots and feel that frequent updates and complete transparency is key to maintaining good relationships with our supporters and the Nepali community.  Please click on the above links to find out more how HANDS has made a difference and brought hope to many children and women in one of the poorest areas of the world. For current updates on our latest projects, click on the                                                               blog below, written by our HANDS Director and Field                                                               Representative Jan Sprague:

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