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Himalaya Project: Enter the Dragon New Year

Local Charity Organization Working in Western Himalayas Files Non-Profit Paperwork in Conjunction with Tibetan New Year!

This past Wednesday, 02/22/12 marked an end to the first chapter in Himalaya Project’s history book, the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, and the start of our second major phase of activity as a local charity organization.

Himalaya Project is a local charity that will provide education and health care for an entire district of under-served people in the Western Nepali Himalayas.

Along with 50 some-odd pages of paperwork, attached answers, copies of all our incorporating materials, bylaws, financials and of course, $850 USD, I walked into the post office in Evanston, Illinois on this sunny day to send a package of love to the IRS so we become a recognized tax-exempt organization.

Sending a form off to the IRS with a stack of hard-earned cash (well, ok.. it was a check) doesn’t sound like most people’s idea of a good time, but it felt great to me. My eyes watered a little in the sun on leaving. Thanks to an amazing volunteer board of directors, family and friends, we pulled together the money and the energy to get us to this point.

This is only the beginning.

This new year, the year of the Dragon, “gives rise to celebrations and grandiose projects.” (Quoting Philippe Cornu).

This auspicious start to our second major phase of our activity was unplanned.  We were ready to submit last week, but one obstacle after another prevented us from submitting until today.

We now move away from the inward-looking, administrative paper shuffling and brainstorming  towards the outward expansion of throwing fund-raisers, parties, and increasing awareness through other public events.

Teeth and claws bared like the dragon, we will tear through any obstacles in our way and we will succeed in providing an entire district of Nepal with health care through education.

I’m looking forward to our kick-off party, coming in early May. This will be one party you won’t want to miss if you’re in the Mid-West. More details to come in my next post.

To all my friends, to all my family, I wish you the best this year.. that you are happy and have the causes for future happiness.

For more information on Himalaya Project, visit:

www.himalaya-project.org

༄།ལོ་གསར་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ ལེགས།།

Mark Sobralske

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