Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Himalayan Health Care

Himalayan Healthcare, Inc. and The S.P.I.R.A.L. Foundation

It is important to us at Passiflora to give back. To be grateful for what we have and to help where we can. "Himalayan Healthcare, Inc is a Foundation we support Completely. Proceeds from the handicraft sales of Products from the S.P.I.R.A.L. Foundation are used to fund primary health care, medical and educational projects, giving to those involved in the production process a sense of pride that comes by helping and sustaining many others, in even greater need than themselves.

HHC has been fortunate to form a partnership with The S.P.I.R.A.L. Foundation, a humanitarian organization active in Vietnam and Nepal.

The S.P.I.R.A.L. Foundation is not-for-profit organization that develops gift items that can be manufactured by rural villagers using local materials and traditional handicraft skills. The organization conducts workshops with villagers to identify suitable items and to teach them to produce acceptable products.

The S.P.I.R.A.L. Foundation pays the villagers to produce these goods and then sells the goods to consumers and retailers in the developed world. Profits from the sales are reinvested in the target communities, either to develop additional income generation projects or in programs like those of HHC.

Recognizing that poverty, malnutrition, and ill-health are closely related, in mid-2002, HHC and The S.P.I.R.A.L. Foundation conducted the first handicraft workshop in Kathmandu for villagers from Tipling and Sherthung. A large number of products are made from recycled materials, helping to enhance ecological awareness in target communities.

Gift items developed during that and subsequent workshops include clothing from Angora rabbit hair wool and other local textiles, dining room and kitchen accessories, pillow cases and blankets, jewelry, and many other beautiful items. These gift items are designed with an awareness of—and a goal of preserving—the traditional handicraft heritage of the Nepalese people.

From June 2002 through December 2004, The S.P.I.R.A.L. Foundation has returned $187,817 to Nepal, supporting income generation through product financing, as well as the Ilam clinic, medical and educational services in the Shertung, Tipling and Lapa villages, workshop training and shipping costs.

Please visit our partners at The S.P.I.R.A.L. Foundation. You may purchase gift items that support HHC's programs in Nepal and provide income to numerous villagers. You can see the items available from The S.P.I.R.A.L. Foundation's Nepal program at www.PassifloraNY.com .

Himalayan Healthcare, Inc.
a not-for-profit organization


HHC is a small and efficient organization founded in 1992.

We are an all-volunteer organization outside Nepal and have numerous paid and volunteer workers in Nepal.

The director of our Nepali operations is Sharad (Anil) Parajuli, who works full-time on HHC activities. In 2001 Anil won recognition for his work with HHC by being declared an Ashoka Fellow.

In October 2004 he was Boss Business Excellence Award's Social Entreprenuer of the Year 2003-2004. He has also been named as one of the top fifty personalities in Nepal for four consecutive years between 2004-2007 by The Boss magazine .

The International President of HHC is Dr. David Johnson, MD. Dr. Johnson is supported by numerous volunteers, from both medical and other fields.

With the opening of the Ilam clinic in early 2004, the Nepali staff of HHC increased markedly. One of our major initiatives at Ilam in the years ahead will be to continue to train and develop our staff.

All of us at HHC are proud of our accomplishments and pleased to make a difference in the lives of the people of Nepal.


HHC provides primary health care, education and income generation assistance to people living in remote and impoverished regions of Nepal.

Nepal is one of the least developed countries in the world and suffers from extreme levels of poverty, particularly in rural regions.

We provide humanitarian assistance unobtainable from government or other organizations. We accomplish our mission by creating and supporting programs that provide healthcare services, education programs, and income generation opportunities.

In 2004 HHC significantly expanded its investment in Nepal by opening the Megh Bahadur Parajuli Clinic in the town of Ilam in eastern Nepal. This small hospital serves a region of approximately 300 thousand people.

HHC encourages local participation and involvement in all of its programs to ensure sustainability of benefits. Above all, HHC strives to help people help themselves.


You can help HHC achieve its goals by donating time, services, goods and money.

We welcome volunteers, both in Nepal and around the world. Medical treks in Nepal have been an important means for our friends to contribute to our efforts. You can also volunteer to help at the Ilam clinic or participate in other activities that support HHC's activities.

Of course, we are pleased to accept monetary donations. Our administrative and fundraising costs are only about 10% of our revenues, an extremely low percentage. In other words, almost all of the money that is donated to HHC goes to the people that need it.

Each year in the late spring, we host an annual dinner in New York City. This is a chance for the friends of HHC to get together, share stories, get a report on recent activities, and learn more about what we are doing. It also helps raise funds for HHC.

If you are interested in donating medical equipment or supplies, or in working with HHC, please contact us for more details. Also, please see our warning page.


HHC relies on donations from our friends.

We need your help to buy basic medicines and medical supplies, including vaccines and vitamins, and to pay and support our Nepali medical staff. We are expanding and developing the Ilam clinic Each year we supply villagers with educational materials, conduct classes and promote income generation schemes. Your gifts will help us do these things and more.

Remember that HHC operates with a very low overhead of only about 10%; all of our international staff are volunteers. This means that your gift will go to help the people who need it.

Unrestricted gifts offer HHC the greatest flexibility in using your donations; however, some of our friends want to provide direct support for individual students. If you are interested in this program, please contact us for more information. We can help you identify a student to support and make all the necessary arrangements.


International physicians, dentists and other healthcare professionals can volunteer at the Ilam community hospital.

In the spring of 2004 we opened our Ilam community hospital in Eastern Nepal. This modest but fairly well equipped hospital has a full-time Nepali staff, but there are plenty of opportunities for volunteer physicians and dentists to make a contribution to local healthcare needs. Moreover, international healthcare professionals often have expertise that can help improve the training and development of our Nepali staff. Our volunteers often find that the experience fundamentally changes their lives.

At the present time, we are seeking volunteer physicians in the following specialties: family practice, ob-gyn, pediatrics, internal medicine, infectious disease, and general surgery. We also have a need for dentists and physiotherapists.

You can volunteer at Ilam for as long as you would like, but we request a minimum commitment of two weeks. HHC will provide housing for volunteers near the community hospital, but volunteers must pay for their own transportation to the town of Ilam. Volunteers will be able to obtain inexpensive and hygenic food at the Ilam community hospital canteen.

Costs for the volunteers:
* Nepal Medical Council Registration
doctors - $85
other health professionals - $ 40
* Hotel in Kathmandu ($25 - $125 \ night, choice)
* Two way airfare to Bhadrapur + airport tax - $335
* Car drive to Ilam (two way) - $80 (shared if more than one volunteer)
* Food at hospital canteen - $ 10-15 \ day
* Handling charges - $200

While you are working at Ilam, HHC can help you make trips in the surrounding region to see more of the people and places of Nepal.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Ilam hospital, please contact Himalayan HealthCare at info@himalayan-healthcare.org. Also, please see our warning page.


HHC sponsors 40 children in school and 15 high school graduates in technical schools.

There are only two high schools in northern Dhading and most students stop after primary school due to lack of financial support to attend high schools which are outside their village.

In 2006/2007, we supported 23 girls, orphans and blacksmith children in the local schools and 15 in private schools in Kathmandu through the help of generous friends. So far 30 sponsored students have graduated from high school.

Many of the high school graduates are further supported when they attend technical schools and colleges. They receive training as health providers, teachers and other skilled technicians to take over the running of their village health posts, schools, and other services or trades in their villages. In the past students have been trained in carpentry, plumbing, tailoring, sewing, and knitting in the cities to provide services as well as income.


Child at village school (fees, books, uniform, etc.) - $40 \ month (min. 1 yr.)

Child at Boarding school in Kathmandu - $100 \ month (min. 2 yr.)

Technical School - $200 to $300 \ month (total duration 1, 2 or 3 yrs.)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Rebecca and James Bridal Registry!

Our First Bride and Groom!

Of course we all need mixers, frying pans, and bath towels but there are actually no rules when it comes to registering, so we are thrilled that we can offer things that are unique and special!

is a treasure trove of exceptional pieces from home and abroad selected for their individuality and affordability. An eclectic mix of all things contemporary, quirky, and chic. We are brimming with great stuff - stuff to give, stuff to keep, stuff for Home and Garden, Mind and Body, Spirit and Soul, stuff you'll fall in love with!

Reinvent your Registry by choosing gifts that fit your lifestyle.

Rebecca and James have chosen some Beautiful pieces that We know they will Love and Treasure always!

Here are the Items that Rebecca and James have chosen from our Shop! If there are any Questions, please do not hesitate to call!

Product Code: 3047

Only LAMPE BERGER can offer you this for improved well-being. Much more than simply fragrancing, LAMPE BERGER’s unique expertise cleans the air by eliminating undesirable odours in the home. The air is then scented with your chosen Home Fragrance. Play with the collection and mix lamps and fragrances, to enjoy a cleaner and fragranced air in the home.

Porcelain - Volume : 320 ml
Price : $98.00

Grapefruit Passion
Product Code: 215007

A blend of fresh and juicy grapefruit slices and zesty layers of a citrus complex, this new LAMPE BERGER fragrance exudes all the savor of the natural fruit and the vivid yellow of exotic citrus groves.

Intended for use as fuel for Lampe Berger only. Not for use in other lamps or for any other purpose.

SCENT METER: On a scale of 1 (light) to 5 (strong), we'd rate this scent a 3 (though your experience may markedly differ).

Lampe Berger Strength 3

Parfums de Maison 500ml/16.9oz - Composition : Parfums, aqua, isopropyl alcohol

Price : $20.00

Green Chai

A delicate refreshing harmony combining Green Tea leaves with slight notes of citrus fruit thanks to Sicilian Bergamot and Californian Grapefruit. Tarragon for green notes, rounded off with nuances of Pink Pepper, delicately surround the main body. Moss and musk create the deep, warmer notes. A light blend of green tea, citrus and delicate spices.

Intended for use as fuel for Lampe Berger only. Not for use in other lamps or for any other purpose.

SCENT METER: On a scale of 1 (light) to 5 (strong), we'd rate this scent a 2 (though your experience may markedly differ).

Lampe Berger Strength 2

Parfums de Maison-500ml/16.9oz - Composition : Parfums, aqua, isopropyl alcohol

Price : $20.00

Fringe Studio Woods Mercury Glass Lamp

Fringe Studio Woods Round Lamp is 25" high from base to top of shade. Elegant mercury glass shows off a vintage woodland photo. Comes with a natural linen shade and a clear ball finial. UL approved.

Price : $280.00

Lily Owl Vase
Product Code: 414022

This unique glass vase is adorned with traditional patterns and a single owl resting against the vase's translucent sides. Designs are printed on Fringe Studio's glassware pieces by method of transfer and kiln firing directly to the glass. The result is a beautiful and stunning 3D effect.

* Size: 8"H x 6"W x 2.5"D
* Imported

Price : $40.00

These scrumptious accent pillows are made of 100% linen and boast an amazing color palette which focuses on softer colors.

Each pillow is individually hand silk-screened in their exclusive patterns and colors by expert silk-screen printers. Feather insert and hidden zipper closure.

Price : $85.00 (Requesting 2)

The full bodied aroma of Votivo Aromatic Reed Diffusers will fill your home with a lingering bouquet. Blended with the finest fragrance oils, this concentrated aromatic fragrance diffuser will last for months. Votivo Aromatic Reed Diffusers come in their own beautiful gift box. Enjoy the gentle, long-lasting fragrance.

Votivo Clean Crisp White - clean, fresh scent of crisp white linen

Votivo Clean Crisp White - Indescribably complex yet simply by nature, Votivo Clean Crisp White defines the scent of our memories and a lifestyle worth wishing for: sun dried white sheets billowing in the crisp springtime morning, uncontrollable giggles as freshly bathed little bodies run thru the house, and an overwhelming aroma of nothing but clean. Ahh… the simple luxuries of life.

Price : $50.00

This beautiful collection is born out of an international feltmaking relationship between Hansard Welsh Design 2 and a feltmaking workshop in Nepal. Together both parties have worked to create high-quality, unique pieces of decorative and functional art. Each piece is handmade and uniquely individual.

Handmade felt is durable and easily cleaned.
Simply dry clean or dab the stain with a wet, slightly soapy washcloth and air dry.

Price : $43.00 each (1 Purple and 1 Green Requested)

This Beautiful Floral embellished-Rustic Heirloom Rose Vintage Doorknob is adorned with a metal flower, hand-aged and painted to provide a rustic feel to your dining area. Excellent showcase for that special bottle, and will also make a dynamic centerpiece for your table.

Price : $32.00 each

Butterflies Set of Four Coasters by Fringe Studios

Butterfly coaster set by Fringe. Beautiful butterflly fabric incased in beveled glass with cork backing. Elegant beading adds to the vintage look. Set of 4 comes in gift box. Damp wipe to clean.

* Glass/linen/cork
* Hand wash
* 4" in diameter

Price : $50.00

Antica Photo Frame

This gorgeous glass picture frames feature beautiful flowers and elegant prints around the borders. The elegant glass construction is beautiful, with metal borders and raised glass around the edges. Made by Fringe Studio, these photo frames add a touch of beauty to any space and are sure to be appreciated as a special gift. These hold a 5"x7" or a 4"x6" photo.

Price : 5x7-$42.00

Aluminum 1 Pint Ice Cream Cozies

What a great Gift! Can't you just picture the Rebecca and James sitting down together and having their favorite ice cream together? These aluminum ice cream Containers hold your favorite Pint of Ice Cream, keeping it cold to the last bite!

Price : 1 Pair-$35.00

Aluminum Cabbage Leaf Serving Dish

Beautiful Detail on this Serving Tray! Measuring 12" Round, it's the Perfect size. Can be used for Hot Appetizers or Cold Salads. You will treasure this piece! It is Lovely!

Price : $40.00

Felt Napkin Rings

Handmade in Nepal. These wonderful White Peony Felt Napkin Rings will add an Elegant and Artistic touch to your Table. Beautifully made, you have these for years to come.

Price : Set of 8-$100.00

Aluminum Sparrow Bowl and Tray

These are a wonderful addition to any table. What a beautiful to add Sparkle to your Tabletop. These Sparrow Serving Dishes are so Charming, your Friends will be asking where you got them! You can tell them or not! We hope you do!

Price : Rectangular Tray-$35.00

Woods Candle

Treat yourself to a breath of fresh Aspen air every day. Mercury glass container.

21-ounce candle, 85 plus hours burn time. 4" diameter. Mercury glass style. Arrives beautifully packaged in gift box.

Price : $40.00

Suzi Matthews

Numeralisms: Works in Numbers

These pieces represent a continuation of the work Suzy calls "numeralisms." She has now created close to 100 numeralism collages, in which She cuts numbers out of their original context and glues them into new sequences.But as She follows the numbers where they lead her, She keeps discovering new orders to explore.

The 2 Pieces that Rebecca and James haves chosen are in shades of White. Beautiful Complimentary Pieces, they measure 8"x8". The Perfect way to get their Art Collection started.

Price : $195 each

Buddha Hot Pad (Set of 2)

This colorful pot holder set will add a touch of happiness to your kitchen. The stylish set is made of soft, absorbent 100% cotton fabric with an embroidered Buddha face on 1 of the pot holders. The 2-pc. set comes in all assorted different color combinations (red, orange, green, purple, pink or floral patterns). The potholders have hanging hooks and are machine washable. Net proceeds from the purchase of this gift fund primary healthcare and community education through Himalayan HealthCare. Since 2002 the sale of gift items produced at The SPIRAL Foundation Workshop in Kathmandu has helped fund the construction and the running costs of Ilam Clinic, Ilam, Nepal.

Price : $16.00

La Chamba Cookware is made from black micaceous clay found only in central Colombia. Each piece of cookware is made by hand. After each piece is made it it coated with a fine red clay. After firing the red hot pieces are covered with rice husks and smoked. This part of the process is what changes the color from red to black. Small imperfections in the finish and flecks of minerals (mica) in the clay are due to the handmade process. The mica gives the cookware the ability to heat evenly and not crack under temperature changes.

This Oval Platter Measures 14.5"x10". La Chamba dinnerware is perfect from the stove to the table. Perfect for Grilling Vegetables! Perfect for Casseroles in the cold winter months!

Price : $35.00

As our Inventory is ever changing, we would also like to recommend our Gift Certificate in any Value You may Choose. There is nothing like the Unique Shopping experience that we offer, and giving Rebecca and James a chance to choose from the exciting new pieces that you may not see on their List or on our site, will add to the Value of this Gift!

If you decide to purchase any of these items for Our Bride and Groom, Please call us at (518)325-6559, so that we can assist you. Our Website is not set up to seperate General Orders from Registry Orders at this time, and will be shipped as a normal Purchase if you do not Place the Order by Phone. This way we can check items off of the list. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Happy Holidays from Ken and Kevin!