This network was made possible with volunteer labor and philanthropic donations. We are working on making the network sustained on the long term by charging the schools and the villages for using the services provided by the network. However, we have not reached that point yet. We still need some support to expand the network.
If you would like to help please consider the following:
Volunteer in Nangi Village
A great, rewarding way to help is by coming to Nepal yourself. We are in great need of people with IT expertise, or those who can teach basic computer applications to the students. Please visit our volunteer page at http://www.himanchal.org
Donate Used Items
As we continue to expand our network, we are in great need of used computers and computer parts. Especially useful are used laptops, for their portability. For the extension of the project to other villages, we are looking for support for the following items:
* 802.11b/g wireless accesspoints
* Switches, routers
* 75 - 120W solar panels and accessories
* 75 - 120 ah rated deep cycle batteries
* Network cards for desktops and laptops
* Uninterrupted power supply units
* Lightening arrestors and protector units
* DC to AC inverters
* Used laptops at least Pentium II model.
If you have equipment you would like to donate, please contact us.
Even the smallest donations are of great help to us, and we would deeply appreciate anything you can give. Funds will be used to extend the network to other areas and to train students in computer science and information technology.
* The Donald A Strauss Foundation through Mark Michalski of University of California at Los Angeles, USA in 2004. Mark was a undergraduate student at UCLA. He applied for this grant to come and help set up the network.
* smartBridges - Singapore (smartBridges donated six airPointPROOutdoor radios for telemedicine program)
* Pacific Wireless (provided heavy discount for the equipment that we bought from them)
* The Huguenin Rallapalli Foundation, USA (provided 6 wireless radios during the initial testing phase of the projec)
* Billanook College, Melbourne Australia provided $2,000 for the expandion of the network in the second phase of the project
* There are several individual contributors for the network, who have supported this project by donating networking equipment, computer parts etc,.
* International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology (ICASIT), School of Public Policy, George Mason University provided support of US$30,000 for training and capacity building for the community development project and wireless network project as well.
* Nepal Wireless Networking Project had received USD20,000 grant in July 2005 from the World Bank for the implementation of the second phase of the networking project that was completed at the end of July 2006.
Institutions in Nepal that are providing technical support to the project:
1. E-Networking Research and Development (http://www.enrd.org)
E-Networking Research and Development (ENRD) is a an NGO operating from Kathmandu. It is working closely with Nepal Wireless Networking Project since 2005. ENRD is helping the project to organize trainings for the villagers on basic computer education and hardware training.
2. Gandaki College of Engineering and Sciences (http://www.gces.edu.np)
The Gandaki College of Engineering and Science(GCES) is an established tertiary educational facility located on Lamachaur, Pokhara, Nepal. It is affiliated with Pokhara University and complies with the Pokhara University semester system and examination procedures. The college is helping to develop software needed for Nepal Wireless Networking Project since 2005. The faculty and the students developed software for local e-commerce, bulletin board, and library management system for the Nepal Wireless Netwroking Project.
3. Prime College (http://www.prime.edu.np)
Prime college is located in Nayabazar, Kathmandu Nepal. It is helping to develop reference materials and e-learning materials for the students of 10+2 level. It has established a non-profit network called “Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN)” to fulfill its objective.One of the main objectives of of the college is to provide broad support for basic collaboration technologies and implement more advanced technologies in support of research that will contribute and benefit from initiatives to develop national computational grid. Research support includes – high speed network, advanced data storage and management service, high performance computing and computation facilities for researchers.
4. Contributor for the Extension of the Network
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) had provided support to buy equipemt and other networking gears for the extension of the network to 10 more villages. The work for connecting the villages is completed in January 2008.
The names of the villages that were connected with the support of ITU are Bega, Lekhgaun, Swanta, Gharamdi, Bandok, Chhomorong, Landruk, andGhandruk.
Recent Financial Contributors:
1. Networktheworld.org provided $8,000 grant in 2007 for the expansion of the network in Makawanpur and Dolakha district.
2. Three associations of Nepalese in Atlanta Georgia donated USD 1,673 to help build computer lab in Bhichuk village of Kaski district.
2.Nepal Library Foundation based in Canada provided 14 computers in May 2008 for the project to launch e-library program.
3. Non Residence Nepalese (NRN) - Russia provided 24 computers in May 2008 for our project. We distributed those computers in 8 schools in Myagdi, Makawanpur and Kaski dsitricts.
4. World Bank, through Nepal Telecommunication Authority, is also going to provide USD50,000 worth of equipment for connecting 19 more villages in the network.This is the fourth phase of the project and it will be completed by the end of 2008.