In 2010, the founders of the Nepal Medical Project were lucky enough to be invited to the village of Chyangba. Nestled deep in the forested Nepali mountains, Chyangba lies at a height of 3500 meters, approximately 400 kilometers to the east of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. The natural beauty and the rich cultural heritage makes this village a unique destination, with about 150 houses inhabited by many ethnic groups such as Sherpas, Rai, Magar, Newar, Tamang, Chhetris, Brahmins, Viswakarma, and Sunuwar. Mostly farmers, the people of Chyangba grow potato, apple, maize, wheat, barley, peach, radish, buckwheat and millet.
However, lying far from the trekker's trail, this culturally vibrant community has been slow to develop. For the 50,000 inhabitants of the village and surrounding regions, there is just one government-supported aid post staffed by two health workers. Often, the difficulty of reaching the aid post disallows patients with serious diseases to obtain treatment. Especially considering the agriculture-based lifestyle of the region, unadressed health issues in the community can further impede economic development. The Nepal Medical Project aims to bolster the region's weak healthcare infrastructure through collaboration with the local government and community members.