What we are doing

Working together for better future

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

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 Philosophy

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.

A brief history

HIMserve

People often ask, "Why does HIMserve do what it does?" In short, the mission of HIMserve is to serve ‘Him’ by serving the Himalayas. Through this example of service, HIMserve teaches Christian communities to serve their neighbors as well. HIMserve’s vision is to see the church take the forefront in creating lasting transformation in communities suffering from spiritual, physical, social and economic poverty. The work of HIMserve began in Siliguri in 1998 under the leadership of Ms. Anne Herr, within an organisation known as Himalayan Ministries. The founder of Himalayan Ministries, Dr. Cindy Perry, invited Anne to Siliguri and she began a work, which has continued on until today.

The early focus of HIMserve’s work was Community Health promotion. Through this the need to challenge and equip Christians to be more socially engaged became apparent. This was a time when the concept of Holistic Ministry was virtually unknown in the churches of the region. Several "Vision Conferences" were organised to foster an understanding of the church’s role in society. This God given mandate became the foundation of HIMserve’s vision and mission. Since then all efforts have been directed towards the physical, social, economic and spiritual transformation of communities through the initiative and leadership of the local church. Himalayan Ministries and HIMserve are pioneers of this service-focused Ministry in North Bengal. Later Development Associates International (DAI) became a bigger promoter of Holistic Ministry in the Himalayan region. However, HIMserve still remains a major player in implementing it at the grassroots level.

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.

Region of Service


Areas Kalimpong Dooars Darjeeling TOTAL
Village 33 38 33 104
Household 3108 2659 2931 8698
Population 15521 13654 14592 43767

Community Facilitators

Organizational


Administration

Executive Director: Puran Rai
Finance & Hostel Manager: Pranay Sundas
Support Staff: Elena Soren

Area Facilitators

Dooars Area: Rajesh Thapa
Kalimpong Area: Sheila Subba
Darjeeling Area: Om Kumar Thapa

Project Incharges

Holistic Teaching: Rajesh Thapa
Health: Sushila Rai
Education: Amardeep Rana
Agriculture: Om Kumar Thapa
Networking: Sheila Subba
Communication: Anjali Sharma
Monitoring: Lalita Bhujel
Human Trafficking: Yuden Lepcha

Community Based


Community Facilitators
Dooars Area:
Rajabhatkhawa - Samuel Dukpa
Lankapara - Roshan Lama
Kumai - Biswas Bhujel

Kalimpong Area:
Block 3 - Akela Lepcha
Block 2 - Philip Lepcha

Darjeeling Area:
Daragaon - Ruben Rai
Bichgaon & Sepi - Suren Rai
Hatta - Dhiraj Rai

Grace Student's Hostel
Warden - Asit Rai
Assistant - Hissey Dukpa
Cook - Dilip Rai Majhi


Health Clinics
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

Ambulance Services
Drivers
Git Dubling (Budhabarey) - Saran Lepcha
Nimbong (Barbote) - Purna Tamang
Rimbick (Sepi) - Dinesh Rai
Lungshel - Samuel Lepcha
Matri Yaan (Gitdubling) - Pius Lepcha

Our Partners


Global Partners

  • ECTA International (USA)
  • ICCO & KerkeinActie (Netherlands)
  • DIFAEM (Germany)
  • HFB International (Germany)
  • Cornerstone Trust (USA)
  • Crowell Trust (USA)
  • Herzwerk (USA)
  • Hope Church (NewZealand)
  • Provide (Germany)
  • Love Justice International (USA)

Indian Partners

  • EFI
  • EHA

Local Partners

  • LIES (Lankapara)
  • KIES (Kumai)
  • RLIES (Rimbick)
  • KIES (Gitdabling)
  • NPIES (Nimbong)
  • RIES (Rakabhatkhawa)
  • BIES (Buxaduar)
  • LIES (lungshel)
  • SKIES (Sherpatar-Kolbung)
  • IES (Margarates Hope)
  • BCS (Bijanbari)
  • LIES (Lolay)
Strength of HIMserve

Our Board of Directors

Joshua Pradhan
Chairman

Kishore Rai
Vice Chairman

Lok Gurung
Secretary

Samuel Rai
Assistant Secretary

Usha Sangden
Treasurer

James Biswa
Member

Noel Lepcha
Member

Nagendra Rai
Member

Tigi Verghis
Member

Puran Rai
Ex-Officio Member