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Team

  • Daniel Burgi

    Founder + Director

    During the height of his success as a young 30 something Hydro Electric Engineer in Switzerland, Daniel agreed to a short-term trip to Nepal. He brought his skills and family to a country in desperate need of stable electricity resources and at the time he certainly had no intention of never leaving. Read about (one) of his life changing encounters here {link to banana peel story}.
    Instead of returning to his comfortable Swiss life 3 months later, Daniel and his family (wife Karina, children Andy and Steffi) launched Himalayan Life and have remained committed to rescuing the most vulnerable children in Nepal for the last 20+ years. They encounter needs, and they act; building homes, schools, street kitchens, trauma programs, shelters, academic centers, reconnecting water and electricity to communities and homes etc. Where they find a need, the Burgi’s, each in their own significant way, have endeavored to meet it. When Andy and Steffi reached the age required for secondary education, Daniel and Karina decided to set roots down in North Vancouver, Canada. With home base in North Vancouver, Daniel travels back and forth to Nepal – spending about 60% of his year in Asia and 40% of it working from Canada. The power of this unique family  cannot be understated. They have enabled their incredibly gifted, intelligent, compassionate father to change the world. Thank-you Burgi’s

  • Chanman

    Pokhara + Ulerri Director

    20 years ago, Daniel and Chanman took to the streets. They sat on the sidewalks and in the nooks and cranny’s of Pokhara’s corners as they immersed themselves in the lives of street children. They absorbed the why* and the how* this had happened so they could create plans that assessed what* would really make a difference. Chanman has been part of loving children to life since the outset of Himalayan Life. He oversees the programs, education, teams, grounds and homes in Pokhara and Ulerri. His heart has both broken and soared by the relapse and success of his youth. Because they are, his – and they are, ours. Chanman, the rescuer and helper of everyone’s children.

     

  • Aksha

    Street to Shelter Director

    Aksha oversees the team that prepare the of meals and runs the programsat the street kitchen in Pokhara every day. Her and her husband, Chanman, live with their children on the grounds of the Pokhara shelter. She makes sure the kids are fed and taken care of, overseeing the staff at the Shelter, Kitchen and permanent home in Pokhara. The children in the care of Himalayan Life Pokhara, call Chanman and Aksha, “mom and dad,” fitting for these parentless children, as truly – they have embraced this challenge to love the children others consider unlovable and become parents to many.

  • Loveson

    Chitwan Director

    In a region 5-7hrs outside of Pokhara, Loveson found groups of  impoverished and unattended children and endeavored to provide them with regular life-giving activities and programs. He now oversees teams that facilitate daily hockey camps across the region. 1000’s of children gather each week to learn team sports, sing songs and receive encouragement. They encourage the youth to join their art and homework assistance programs. Loveson and his wife live in Chitwan with their sunglass wearing, gymnastic move showing-off, little boy. If you happen to be lucky enough to be invited into their house for chai (expect it to be delicious) and also expect to be moved by their love for you and all the vulnerable children they encourage each week.

  • Sonam

    Yangri Director

    A skilled craftsman, builder and leader – Sonam was the perfect choice to direct the formidable Yangri project. When the earthquake of 2015 struck, Daniel and Sonam threw on backpacks and trekked to the epicenter of the quake. The village was destroyed. The people were starving. Their water systems had crashed in on themselves, their hydro power plant had been destroyed. The children in the valley, many now parentless, had no hope of an education. It was truly, a valley in ruin. It represented a rural way of life on the edge of extinction, and as Daniel and Sonam surveyed the scene they knew that the option of migrating to city life was not a great solution. Sonam was a key figure in teaching the locals the construction skills needed to rebuild both their own homes and the community structures. His fame is renowned throughout the (large) district. Everywhere he goes he is greeted with love and offered respite and cokes inside villager’s homes. These are the people his is imparting working skills to, his has successfully kept them alive, helped them rebuild their systems and then overseen the development of the Yangri Academic Center. His knowledge of the area is deep and personal, indeed – it contains his own family home.

    Sonam, with great Himalayan Life love, is helping a whole community back up onto its feet.