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Mahabir Pun

Friday, 11 December, 2015

This just in: “Helping out in Barpak is Nepal’s internet maverick, Mahabir Pun, who is replicating his work in establishing wireless connectivity in Kaski and Myagdi in the earthquake affected districts of Gorkha and Lamjung. Eight schools and three health posts will be connected with up to six hotspots allowing classes to have e-learning and providing health posts access to tele-medicine.” The Nepali Times

Born in a remote village in the Myagdi District of western Nepal, Mahabir Pun spent his childhood herding yaks in the shadow of the Himalayas, and intermittently attending the local school, which had neither chalk, textbooks, pens or certified teachers. Today, Mahabir Pun is the team leader of the Nepal Wireless Networking Project, which uses a mix of solar power, tree-based relay systems and wireless technology to help families communicate, yak farmers sell their products, trekking businesses find customers and children get an education via distance learning.

It’s an inspiring story and Mahabir Pun has been deservedly inducted in to the Internet Hall of Fame and awarded the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award by the Internet Society. Hiking for Emails was made by Clemens Purner, an Austrian director based in Berlin.


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  1. Henry Barth says:

    Can we in Ireland borrow Mahabir Pun? Perhaps he can sort out our internret problems becausde the politicians certainly can’t. Past Rabbitte promised everyone 100MB connections by 2012 for a vast cost. I’m lucky to get 1 or 2 here in ‘The West’ in 2015 and Pat Rabbitte has long gone. Please, Mahabir Pun, help us!