Broadleaf Health and Education Alliance is start-up nonprofit dedicated to innovative approaches to community development through health and education in rural areas of the Eastern Himalayas.
The Eastern Himalayas - Northeast India, Bhutan, and Eastern Nepal - is a stunningly beautiful and diverse region. However, the residents of rural communities throughout this region are facing stagnant economies, poor infrastructure, and failing public health and education systems. The harsh terrain and remoteness of the area hinders prospects for development and growth; in Northeast India there are only a handful of international non-governmental organizations attempting to tackle these myriad problems. Given this defined need, Broadleaf sees a space where we can contribute to improving the lives of inhabitants in rural and marginalized communities. Broadleaf seeks to channel our technical expertise and resources to developing solutions to the challenges faced by these communities. Our first venture, Comprehensive Health and Hygiene Improvement Program (CHHIP), is an example of our approach. CHHIP is an innovative, evidence-based and scalable model for school health. CHHIP is currently being piloted in seven rural primary schools and impacting the health and development of 450 disadvantaged students.