The HMP Team comprises a diverse mix of individuals from various backgrounds, as well as well-established non-profit partners located in Nepal.
Mukhiya “Snowmonkey” Godame is a self-taught naturalist, and trekking guide based in Manang, Nepal. He has worked throughout Nepal’s Himalaya to establish an extensive network that links rural community organisations, district leaders, and local businesses, to facilitate transformative work within the region. His contributions were key in mobilising the dispersed Himalayan village communities to receive and participate in our field camps. Snowmonkey is a passionate horseman, who unfortunately had to give up his horses when his family relocated to Kathmandu. He now enjoys short rides when he’s back in his hometown.
Debby Ng, Co-founder and Managing Director
Debby Ng is a Singaporean photojournalist who has spent vast amounts of time in Nepal investigating and documenting the nation’s developmental and environmental challenges. She is Founder and Principal member of a successful marine environmental protection non-government organisation (NGO) in Singapore for over a decade. Based in Australia now, she contributes her media, technical and fundraising expertise to the Himalayan Mutt Project on top of her academic responsibilities at the University of Tasmania where she reads Environmental Science.
Ajay is a Nepali who is based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has a talent for graphic design but his love for nature and the great outdoors led him to work with an alternative energy company in Nepal for several years where he participated in projects throughout the Himalaya that brought clean energy to isolated communities. He’s comfortable with any office, “as long as it is in the outdoors.” Ajay is a macro-photography enthusiast, and is HMP’s communications representative in Nepal who assists us with a great deal of translation work.
The people who help HMP
Dr Tharm Sook Fong graduated from Murdoch University in Australia in 2003 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. Upon graduation, she moved back to Singapore to join her family and started work as a small animal veterinarian locally. Having worked at busy clinics undertaking roles as a manager and vet surgeon, she finally decided that her interest is in surgery and had since gone for courses overseas to further these areas. Some of them include correction of patellar conditions with ESAVS (European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies); surgical management of brachycephalic syndrome and wound reconstruction with NAVC (North American Veterinary Conference) as well as internal and external fracture repairs in the UK. Dr Tharm is HMP’s volunteer veterinary consultant.
The organisation we work with to run programmes in Nepal
Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust, Pokhara
Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (HART) is a registered NGO operating in Pokhara. HART helps street dogs and aims to eradicate rabies from the areas they operate in. Despite maintaining a lean organisation with less than 10 staff based in Pokhara, HART programmes have massive reach throughout Nepal, and focus on encouraging alternatives to the use of readily-available poisons in managing street dog populations, such as sterilisation, mass anti-rabies vaccination camps and community awareness campaigns.