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About Us

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Our Mission

Looma Education develops affordable technology to bring modern, engaging education to everyone in Nepal, with particular focus on children in rural communities.  Looma Education provides installation as well as ongoing teacher training and product maintenance.

History

Looma Education began in 1996 as EcoSystems Nepal, founded by David and Haydi Sowerwine.  While living in Nepal, David and Haydi found that simple technology-based solutions could ease the daily challenges faced by rural communities. EcoSystems Nepal created the WireBridge, a human-powered river-crossing system, which has facilitated over 3 million trips across the deep river gorges in Nepal.  In 2008, Skip Stritter joined as CEO, and the nonprofit was renamed Village Tech Solutions (VTS), and in 2019 renamed Looma Education (LE), to emphasize our focus on Education for All.  The overarching mission of EcoSystems/VTS/LE has been to create affordable technology-based solutions to help rural communities in Nepal and other developing countries.  Learn more about the success of our past projects

Looma In The News

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Peace Corps Nepal and Looma Partnership

- Looma Announcement, 2024

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World in a Box

- Stanford Magazine, March 2020

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Reviews and Stories 

- Volunteers and Supporters, 2023

Looma Team

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David Sowerwine

Co-Founder & CFO

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Pushpa Bhandari Sharma

Executive Administrator

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Skip Stritter

Co-Founder & CEO

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Diksha Manandhar

Communication Officer

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Haydi Sowerwine

Nepal Advisor

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Roshani Gurung

Communication Officer

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Kabindra Manandhar

Program Manager

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Nabina Lama

Workshop Operator

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Nanda Lal Bhandari

Program Coordinator

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Rohit Ghale

Field Officer

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Looma Partners

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Looma Volunteers

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Looma has benefited from over 400 volunteers including:

  • Capstone engineering projects at Dartmouth College, Stanford University, Santa Clara University, UCSD, and Colorado School of Mines - 100

  • High school summer interns from Menlo School - 200

  • Retired teachers around the U.S. - 15

  • Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Nepal

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