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Namaste' – Welcome to Nepal, a land rich in traditions situated between India and China, defined by its ancient culture.

Nepal
is the home of Friendship Nepal, a non-profit social organization registered with the government of Nepal.

The organization believes in cultural exchange as a way to provide developmental aid, a new and different approach to facilitate economic assistance in Nepal.

 
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Education – Culture – Religion

The main focus of this project is education as well as general support of the local population by paying attention to their unique cultural traditions. The recipients themselves largely determine how the funds are spent. However, close personal relationships maintained between the organization and local leaders ensure that the funds are used to provide maximum benefit to the community and in accordance with our mission.
 
Friendship Nepal is founded by a few individuals from Nepal and Europe. The people involved in this organization work completely on a volunteer basis so the donations received go completely to our particular projects, as we have no paid employees or any administrative expenses.

 
Education as Key to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty 
Friendship Nepal currently supports the population of a small village in southeastern Nepal by making education accessible to the poorest of society
and the girls of the village.
Consistent access to economic opportunities is closely linked to and dependent upon receiving an education. Local education opportunities open up economic prospects, which in turn lead to a better standard of living away from the large city centers. 
As a direct consequence of this, migration is reduced.  Avoiding the loss of human resources helps protect the distinctive lifestyle and preservation of an ancient culture in rural areas.
Friendship Nepal has been providing free education to more than 250 girl children from the tribal communities as well as the children of the socially oppressed caste like the Untouchables. We have built classrooms to provide enough space for the children and we are still in the process of building more rooms for the higher grade classes.
 
Cultural Differences
The ancient shamanistic culture represents an important connection in Nepal
by providing traditions, identity and cohesion between the different tribes.
Globalization and aggressive missionary work endanger this delicate balance at its core. Progress as perceived by outsiders destabilizes social structure and Nepal’s cultural identity.

Friendship Nepal supports several communities in Nepal in their endeavor
to preserve their shamanic tradition and protect their culture from foreign and undesirable influences.
For example, many of the tribal outfits and shamanic artifacts which were almost extinct in this tribal community have been revived thanks to Friendship Nepal.

Now a group of tribal women have learned to weave tribal dresses from the only surviving grandmother who still remembered the weaving. Friendship Nepal provided all the logistic and financial support. Friendship Nepal has undertaken many other initiatives to preserve the shamanic  traditions of different communities.
 
Everyday life in Nepal
Nepal is host to almost 100 different ethnicities living largely peacefully alongside each other. Several major religions are practiced here and treated with mutual respect, with the ancient shamanistic traditions providing an overarching identity.

Christian missionary work threatens this delicate balance with its sometimes-aggressive approach. Conversion is often brought about with small amounts of money and short-term solutions.

Our aim is to support the existing religious and cultural framework, so that the local population does not need to jeopardize their cultural and religious integrity for lack of financial means.
 
To the rest of the world, Nepal provides a unique example of how vastly different ethnicities and religions can peacefully co-exist--just one of many examples of how we in the West can benefit from cultural exchange with this unique country and ancient culture in the heart of Asia.

 
For more information and ways to assist the Shamans in Nepal,
please visit Bal Gurung on Facebook or write to him at
 balgurun@hotmail.com
 

 


 

Bal Gurung is 39 years old, married with one child and lives in Kathmandu. Born and raised in one of the most remote villages,
he recollects his excitement on seeing his first car at the age of 14.

Coming from a shamanic family background, he doesn’t remember his first calling as a shaman. Shamanistic Rituals and wedding ceremonies were the only means of entertainment in the villages during his childhood days. Whenever any shamanistic activities took place, he was always present, singing, dancing, and drumming together with the master shamans.

The village elders were amazed to see the child’s ability to imitate the master shamans' chanting, rituals and the ceremonies. Soon he became the favorite of the shamans.
 
He learned the shamanic wisdom from different masters, elders and grandmothers for more than twelve years in different parts of Nepal and Bhutan, and is popularly known by his people as the "Wisdom keeper"
 and a "Bridge Maker" between the east and the west.

He has participated in different shamanistic congresses in Europe as a speaker and had conducted several workshops and seminars on shamanism in Europe and Nepal. During the 8th International shamanism and healing congress in Mondsee, he was initiated  by more than 16 master shamans and the elders from all over the world.

As a profession, he has been organizing and guiding people on spiritual trips to shamans, Hindu gurus, Buddhist rimpoches, healers, hermits, important religious and cultural sites, power places, and nature.
He is the founder of "Friendship Nepal," a non profit social organization in Nepal that works in the areas of providing education to the girl children, women's empowerment, conservation of shamanistic tradition and culture.

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