The Himalayan Society for Youth and Women Empowerment (HSWYE) is dedicated to empowering the Himalayan and trans-Himalayan ethnic communities in Nepal. Launched in 2006, the non-governmental organization's (NGO) mission is to:
Serving primarily disadvantaged youth and women, the HSWYE strives to preserve tradition while simultaneously equipping its participants with the skills needed to thrive in the modern world.
The organisation is spearheaded by the HSWYE Board Executive Committee and an Advisory Board and is funded by the SV-BECSE Project of The Netherlands. This team of socially responsible, concerned leaders is devoted to addressing the need for higher eductional opporutnities, vocational traning, language skills, employment, and cultural preservation among Nepal's Himalayan communities. The services provided by the HSWYE will ultimately build confidence, stimulate economic self-reliance, cultivate leaders and professionals, foster social uplift, and uphold a treasured culture.
The HSWYE headquarters are located in Mahankal-Boudha in northeast Kathmandu, Nepal. In order to better serve a wider audience, the HSWYE recently opened another location, The Second Reading Room in west Kathmandu's Swyambhu area. To review the programs offered at both locations, click here.