Members of the Board
WILFRIED VAN DEN BOORN
Has been visiting Nepal regularly since 1996. After the two devastating earthquakes that shook Nepal he felt the urge to do something more than just visit and leave again. It seemed a logical step for him to give something back to the people of this beautiful country. The principles of the foundation corresponded with his opinion that it should be run only by volunteers. It took him little consideration to agree to taking a place on the board. “All of us will work together to improve the lives of people in the country we love so dearly.” In his daily life he is an artist making oil paintings. Take a look at his work on his website: www.wilfriedvandenboorn.nl
SECRETARY & Founder
After the earthquakes of 2015 Pim got the opportunity to start Micro-Care Nepal with gifts from his friends and family. He fell in love with Nepal after his first visit with his friend and co-founder Wilfried. Seeing a lot of poverty in the remote area's made him aware of his desire to help out and try to give people a better life. This with the believe that the children are the future and investment for the future should go at least to developing the education in Nepal. In his daily life he is a photographer of various subject but mostly human related. The photos and videos on the Micro-Care Nepal website are part of his contributions. More of his work can be seen on: www.pimhorversphotography.com
Project Team Nepal
Samjhana grew up in a village in the Kathmandu Valley just outside of the city, so she knows about both village and city life. While studying for her Bachelor of Sociology, Samjhana had many different kinds of jobs but all in the social field. Samjhana is aware of the problems facing her country and is determined to help the poor, the socially marginalised and the dispossessed.
“It’s great to be able to do something for my country by supporting the poor people. Unfortunately, there is still much caste discrimination in Nepal. Dalits are not only discriminated for their “untouchable” status, but they're also economically marginalised. We need to do something about this.
Education is not really developed in either the Dalit community or many mountain villages and this needs addressing too. Systems of bonded labor, Haliya Pratha in the hilly region and Kamaiya Pratha in Terai region, are still alive. These people work as slaves in rich people’s homes. While some bonded labourers have been given land through government rehabilitation programs, many remain trapped in the Haliya and Kamiya systems, generation after generation. We need to raise awareness amongst these modern day slaves and in particular provide assistance and encouragement to them to educate their children. I really like to study and help the core part of Nepali society. Micro-Care Nepal is setting a fine example of the way to do this.”
Board of Advice
I went to Nepal for the first time in 2013 and it was love at first sight. “Nepal has a special charm to me; it’s unlike any other country I’ve ever been to. When I heard about the earthquakes I knew I had to do something to give back.”
She got to know Pim after joining one of his presentations about Micro-Care Nepal after he returned from Nepal following the earthquakes. Danja joined Micro-Care Nepal as a volunteer giving courses in first-aid to local schools and women groups.
Danja would like to keep giving support to Nepal on the long term. She also helps Micro-Care Nepal by contributing articles for the website and proofreading website and paper copy.
Met Pim and Wilfried in 2010 when he was assigned to guide them into the Manaslu region. Coming from a remote mountain village he knows how basic life can be. “The way people farm there is great but there are not many possibilities to increase the standard of life for our families.”
At the age of 17 Rohit came to Kathmandu with no means of support. Eighteen years later he is still struggling with his life as he has had little work as a trekking guide since the earthquakes. Rohit is glad to do something more for his country by supporting the work of Micro-Care Nepal.