Hearts In The Himalayas profiles Himalayan HealthCare (HHC), one the most successful NGOs operating in Nepal. The organization has survived political uncertainty, economic chaos and a deadly civil war to create education and healthcare programs as well as women empowerment and entrepreneurial opportunities for the tens of thousands of impoverished villagers in the Dhading region.
Over a three-year period, Caring For The World Films dispatched a small film crew to research and document the work of HHC during several Everest-size exhibitions fraught with challenges. The treks, led by HHC’s co-founder Anil Parajuli, included over 100 porters and Nepalese staff to guide the international medical team deep into the Himalayas at altitudes that exceeded 14,000 feet.
“It is important to the mission of Caring For The World Films to document and share the real sustainable humanitarian missions out there,” adds Lang. “HHC is this tiny, but incredibly effective NGO, operating in the most physically challenging conditions, a volatile political climate and even a 10 year civil war and they managed to make a considerable tangible impact by insisting the local population be a primary stakeholder. This is the key to their success.”
In addition to being a finalist, they qualified to participate in the "Audience Choice Award" category. The public is being asked to vote for Hearts In The Himalayas via Facebook at the following link “Vote For HHC”. To cast your vote, click on the link, and then click the Facebook “LIKE” button located on the upper right hand side of the page. The deadline is December 10, 2013. The winner will receive a $3000 prize. Caring For The World Films will donate the proceeds to HHC to support their programs. The film festival will be held on December 12, 2013 in New York City.
The film festival invitation comes on the heels of receiving the 2013 Humanitarian Award at the Third World Indie Film Festival in San Francisco. This is the 13th honor awarded to the documentary since its release in 2012.