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Himalaya Project: Enter the Dragon New Year

February 22, 2012

This afternoon, 02/22/12 marks an end to our first chapter in Himalaya Project’s book, the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, and the start of our second major phase of activity.

Along with 50 some-odd pages of paperwork, attached answers, copies of all our incorporating materials, bylaws, financials and of course, $850 USD, I walked into the post office in Evanston, Illinois on this sunny day to send a package of love to the IRS so we become a recognized tax-exempt organization.

Sending a form off to the IRS with a stack of hard-earned cash (well, ok.. it was a check) doesn’t sound like most people’s idea of a good time, but it felt great to me.  My eyes watered a little in the sun on leaving.  Thanks to an amazing volunteer board of directors, family and friends, we pulled together the money and the energy to get us to this point.

This is only the beginning.

This new year, the year of the Dragon, “gives rise to celebrations and grandiose projects.” (Quoting Philippe Cornu).

This auspicious start to our second major phase of our activity was unplanned.  We were ready to submit last week, but one obstacle after another prevented us from submitting until today.

We now move away from the inward-looking, administrative paper shuffling and brainstorming  towards the outward expansion of throwing fund-raisers, parties, and increasing awareness through other public events.

Teeth and claws bared like the dragon, we will tear through any obstacles in our way and we will succeed in providing an entire district of Nepal with health care through education.

I’m looking forward to our kick-off party, coming to Chicago in early May.  This will be one party you won’t want to miss if you’re in the Mid-West.  More details to come in my next post.

To all my friends, to all my family, I wish you the best this year.. that you are happy and have the causes for future happiness.

To all my Dolpopa, Nepali, Tibetan and Bhutanese friends reading this,

༄།ལོ་གསར་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ ལེགས།།

Your friend,


3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2012 8:09 am

    Congratulations to you Mark and to all the great people involved in the Himalaya Project. This is a significant milestone and I wish you continued success. What a great day you picked to plunk down your cash! 🙂

    • February 23, 2012 12:30 pm

      Thanks Steve, you’re part of why we’ve been a success! Thank you for all you do.

  2. Dee Hawa permalink
    March 14, 2012 11:43 am

    Well done! When i’m in a position (hopefully shortly) to donate
    I most certainly will.
    Congratulations to all involved
    Dee in Spain

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