WHO WE ARE

OUR BOARD

Humla Fund's board members and officers are a group of dedicated individuals interested in preserving the Bon culture in Humla, and in supporting the health and well-being of Humla's native people. They all donate their time and energy to the vision of this project.  Their exemplary focus on service to others is the guiding inspiration for all of our operations.

Heidi Harding is the Co-founder and President of Humla Fund. She received her Masters of Science from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in 2003 and also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College in New York. She is a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist with a private practice in the Hudson Valley region of New York. In 2002, she began passionately studying and practicing Bon. Currently she is training in the traditional Bon healing practice (Tse Dup Yang Bod) with Geshe Chongtul Rinpoche. 

Tempa Dukte Lama is the Co-founder and Vice President of Humla Fund. He is an ordained Tibetan Bon lama. Tempa Lama was born in the Humla Valley of Nepal, close to the Tibetan Border, into a family of Bon and Buddhist practitioners. His grandfather was a village shaman priest, called Drang Rig. Tempa Lama lived closely with his grandfather and often accompanied him on visits to sick and dying people. At the age of six, Tempa Lama entered Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India, where he was placed under the care of H.H. Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, the spiritual head of the Bon tradition. Tempa Lama was the first child to leave Humla to receive an education. In 1998, Tempa Lama followed his deep interest in traditional healing practices and spent a year in Humla researching traditional Bon healing practices of shamanism in his family lineage. Tempa Lama has been living and teaching in the US, as well as teaching in Canada, Mexico, and Europe, since 2000.  In 2007, Tempa Lama founded the non-profit organization, Olmo Ling, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Timothy Aitken

Timothy Aitken is the Secretary and Treasurer of Humla Fund. Tim is also the clinical director of the Humla Medical Service Trip. He is a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist with over 20 years experience practicing Classical Chinese Medicine. He is on the core faculty at Tri-State College of Acupuncture in Manhattan. Tim founded Eight Branches Healing Arts in New York City where he teaches and works with adults and children.

 

HUMLA FUND NEPAL

Geshe Tsewang Ngodup Lama

Geshe Tsewang Ngodup Lama was born in the village of Torpa in the Humla District of Nepal.  When he reached the age of 7, his father sent him to Menri Monastery in India to pursue an education, including the study of Bon history and philosophy of the Bon religion.  In 1998, Geshe Tsewang enrolled as a monk at Menri Monastery, continuing his studies under His Holiness Menri Trizin Rinpoche, earning a geshe (PhD) degree in 2014.  He served in many volunteer roles during his time at the monastery, including Secretary, and later Vice President, of the Bon Dialectic School.  From 2010 through to the present, he has served as head of the literature department there.  At the request of the villagers in his homeland, when Geshe Tsewang returned to Humla after 17 years of study, he took on his current role as head lama of the Himalayan Bon Cultural Society of Humla.

Geshe Dawa Sangpo Lama

Geshe Dawa Sangpo was born in the village of Baraunse, in the Humla District of western Nepal.  When he was 8 years old, he traveled to Himachal Pradesh, India to study with His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin Rinpoche.  At 15, he took his vows as a monk. Geshe Dawa earned his geshe (PhD) degree in 2014 from Menri Monastery. He is the director of Menri Monastery's Relic and Stupa temple.

Amchi Tsering Norbu

Amchi Tsering Norbu was born in the village of Hutik, in the Humla District of Nepal. At the age of 7, he entered Menri Monastery in India and studied under the care of His Holiness Menri Trizin Rinpoche for ten years. He studied traditional Tibetan medicine at Triten Norbutse Monastery’s medical school, Sorig Bumshi in Kathmandu. In 2015, he received his doctoral degree, Kachupa. He is the first Tibetan medical doctor from Hutik Village. He is currently a teacher at the Sorig Bumshi Medical School and president of the Himalayan Bon Cultural Society of Humla. Amchi Tsering will be returning to Humla this year to bring regular access to health care to the villagers in Humla Fund’s new medical clinic in Simikot.

 

OUR VOLUNTEERS

We would like to share a very special thank you to some of the people who have taken their time or energy to make an extraordinary difference in the success of our projects.

  • Timothy Aitken
    New York, USA
  • Laila Bergman
    Arizona, USA
  • Katherine Borse
    Florida, USA
  • Patti Bradshaw
    New York, USA
  • Adam Cantor
    New York, USA
  • Mary Carroll
    Pennsylvania, USA
  • Nina Cerfolio
    New York, USA
  • Peter Coan
    New York, USA
  • Richard Cross
    New York, USA
  • Jill Donberg
    Michigan, USA
  • Deborah Donenfeld
    New York, USA
  • Erika Freed
    New York, USA
  • Janet Galipo
    Florida, USA
  • Sarupa Giri
    Pennsylvania, USA
  • Debra Gitterman
    New York, USA
  • Mary Goldsmith-Mahoney
    New York, USA
  • Heidi Harding
    New York, USA
  • Lillian Harding-Rieder
    Vermont, USA
  • Lisa Holt
    Tennessee, USA
  • Deidre Julian
    Rhode Island, USA
  • Sue Ann Langfitt
    Pennsylvania, USA
  • Cynthia Lanni
    Massachusetts, USA
  • Maya Lama
    Humla, Nepal
  • Jan McCracken
    New York, USA
  • Courtney McDonnell
    New York, USA
  • Marie Meiffren
    Oregon, USA
  • Patricia Mitchell
    California, USA
  • Kristen Monahan
    New York, USA
  • Savannah Morgan
    California, USA
  • Lauren Mundy
    New York, USA
  • Peter Namuth
    New York, USA
  • Carla Namuth
    New York, USA
  • Geshe Tsewang Ngodup
    Dolanji, India
  • Norbu Sangpo Lama
    Humla, Nepal
  • Becky Rosenthal
    Texas, USA
  • Marie-Josee Roy
    Quebec, Canada
  • Shuhrat Rustamov
    New York, USA
  • Shahnoz Rustamova
    New Jersey, USA
  • Geshe Dawa Sangpo
    Dolanji, India
  • Jeffrey Sheehan
    New York, USA
  • Kimberly Sherlock
    Pennsylvania, USA
  • Holly Steflik
    North Carolina, USA
  • Tempa Lama
    Pennsylvania, USA
  • Alysia Tromblay
    Washington, USA
  • Tsering Norbu Lama
    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Michelle Turan
    Ontario, Canada
  • Urgen Lama
    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Beth van Bladel
    New York, USA
  • Malene Waldron
    New York, USA
  • Nancy Werner
    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Noemi Wilson
    South Carolina, USA
  • Patricia Wolff
    California, USA
  • Samantha Yurkosky
    New York, USA