To see communities being holistically transformed primarily by the committed efforts of Men and Women who themselves have been transformed and challenged to be salt and light within their area of Influence.
To share the Vision of holistic service with the Nepali speaking people of North Bengl and empower them to bring deep lasting transformation to their communities through the practical demonstration of Love.
Our overall strategy is to work in the background and have our church partners in the foreground. Behind this is the conviction that the church should play a leadership role in the world. The church needs to become increasingly relevant, especially in the communities to which it belongs, and to live out the mandate to be salt and light in this world. Therefore HIMserve does not place its name on any of the work it does. Instead, the organization seeks partnerships with churches that express a genuine desire to learn more about and to live out the church's God given mandate to practice the holistic mission found in the Gospels. All members of these communities should benefit spiritually, economically, socially and emotionally from the efforts of the Church. When members of the wider community benefit in this way, the Church, not HIMserve, should be seen as the source of the blessing.
The work of HIMserve involves: Challenging, Mobilizing & equipping community leaders for holistic living: forming and equipping the wider community to run community based groups; training and helping leaders of Children, Teens, Youths, Women, Men & Farmers; Training on Community Health; Providing Ambulance services in remote and needy areas; Running a Junior School & Hostel; Training on Agriculture, Animal Husbandary and other Income Generating Activities; Raising awareness on burning issues that are of concern of our work areas; Investing on Community Facilitators to be long term initiators of change in their respective communities.
In the beginning, there was a small team comprised of Ms. Anne Herr, Mr. Rajesh Thapa, the late Mr. C.K. Gurung, Mr. Yuden Lepcha, Mrs. Sheila Subba and Mrs. Elena Soren. In 2003, HIMserve was registered under the West Bengal Societies Act. Over the years other team members have joined and moved on, two of whom require special mention. Ms. Maria Schimpf and Ms. Sieghild Rapur of Germany were with HIMserve for 5 years (2004-09) respectively. Maria was responsible for health trainings and made very valuable contributions to the development of HIMserve’s health department. Sieghild on her part was instrumental in developing the Society’s outreach to children and adolescents through educational services.
After guiding HIMserve with her wisdom, vision and example for 8 years, Ms. Anne Herr handed over her position of Executive Director to Mr. Puran Rai. At this same time (2010), Dr. Tigi Verghis was named Program Director by HIMserve’s Board of Directors and worked till 2016. In 2012 the Dayasagar Project of ECTA International joined forces with HIMserve. Through this, 3 ambulances, a rural health clinic, a primary school and a 12 member team became a part of HIMserve. ECTA and HIMserve already had a close working relationship in the field as well as an identical mission and vision. It became apparent that the two organizations could do even more together as a unified entity than they already had as independent partners.
ECTA’s Project Coordinators, Mr. Ryan & Mrs. Amanda Philips are now responsible for overseeing all of HIMserve’s health endeavors. Today we have a very committed and skilled team of 12 full time staff, 8 community facilitators and 29 workers at the local level.
When HIMserve began, its vision included reaching Nepali speaking people in Sikkim and as far away as Assam. But as we began working and interest in partnering with us increased in the hills of Darjeeling district, it became clear that we could not do justice to such a large area. Today HIMserve works in 3 major geographical areas (Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Dooars), partnering with 80 partners, covering 104 Nepali speaking communities in North Bengal.
Executive Director: Puran Rai
Finance & Hostel Manager: Pranay Sundas
Support Staff: Elena Soren
Dooars Area: Rajesh Thapa
Kalimpong Area: Sheila Subba
Darjeeling Area: Om Kumar Thapa
Project InchargesHolistic Teaching: Rajesh Thapa
Rajabhatkhawa - Samuel Dukpa
Lankapara - Roshan Lama
Kumai - Biswas Bhujel
Block 3 - Akela Lepcha
Block 2 - Philip Lepcha
Daragaon - Ruben Rai
Bichgaon & Sepi - Suren Rai
Hatta - Dhiraj Rai
Grace Student's Hostel
Warden - Asit Rai
Assistant - Hissey Dukpa
Cook - Dilip Rai Majhi
Barbote - Suren Tamang
Chunabhatti - Phupjam Dukpa & Nasim Dukpa
Lungshel - Jaimit Lepcha & Pramila Lepcha
Daragaon - Devi Rai, Kausila Rai & Sabita Rai
Redstar Academy (Daragaon)
Headmaster - Binod Rai
Git Dubling (Budhabarey) - Saran Lepcha
Nimbong (Barbote) - Purna Tamang
Rimbick (Sepi) - Dinesh Rai
Lungshel - Samuel Lepcha
Matri Yaan (Gitdubling) - Pius Lepcha