Bringing the benefits of connectivity to the rural villages of Nepal.
The Myagdi District of the Himalayas is one of the most isolated places in the world. Its high mountains, deep valleys, wind and sheer rock make it almost impossible to connect to the outside world. After receiving his master’s degree in education in 1997, Mahabir Pun returned to his home village, seeking a solution to connect it to the outside world.
In 2002 he founded the nonprofit Nepal Wireless Network Project. Its mission is to bridge the digital divide between the urban and rural areas of Nepal.
The basic idea is to bring communication services to remote villages, giving people far away from cities the convenience of modern information and communication technologies.
Today, 17 years after his initial idea, more than 175 rural villages in Nepal have an internet connection. The project has helped to improve education and health services and has contributed to new socio-economic developments in the rural areas of Nepal. Among other initiatives, researchers are now able to monitor weather and climate changes in real time and families can transfer money to relatives in neighboring villages.