The Story of Old Tibet
In Early month of November 1977, Narayan Shrestha arrived in Boulder Colorado, with only 300 Dollars in his pocket, not much of English language and new few American friends. In the middle of the could November of that year, he decided to go to Dallas and with much struggle he managed to get his education, bachelor’s degree in business finance at University of Texas at Dallas. He then moved to Boulder, in the month of November 1985. His dream to be a successful businessman, he then opened store, Old Tibet in walnut street. Those days walnut street was not that much popular for the shoppers. Six months later, in the month of November 1986 moved to its current location 948 Pearl Street, Boulder.
He met his wife Sreejana Shrestha in Kathmandu Nepal during his first trekking trip with 14 Boulder rites to his hometown Khandbari, a mountain village in eastern Nepal. Narayan and Sreejana got married then in November 16, 1986. Ever since Sreejana came to his life, he got a strong supporter. The very next day of Sreejana arrival he gave the key of the store to her and here she runs the store, while Narayan expanding the businesses in Colorado and Nepal. Old Tibet was the very first business for Narayan and then he created Educational institutes, Helping Hands Health Education a nonprofit organization to bring help to his home town.
After few years of its establishment, he managed to open clinics, hospitals, primary, middle and high schools, a liberal Arts and science college, a Nursing College and many clinics in many parts of Nepal. He also expanded such clinical and educational programs to Tibet, Bhutan, India, Vietnam and Nepal in Asia, Namibia Africa and Jalapa Nicaragua in Central America. Over the years with his philanthropic work more than 2 million people have received free of cost medical help. Currently he has a 100-bed hospital in Kathmandu 50 and 15 bed hospitals in few villages of Nepal, and a large high school in Nepal. The other countries he had to stop provided services and now only focused in Nepal.
Old Tibet success helped to open 11 Nepalese authentic restaurants in Colorado including western slopes. Narayan’s Nepal Restaurant in 921 Pearl street was the first in the USA of a kind. Five stores, travel agency, a rafting company, a mountain bike company, five gas stations, High Altitude enterprises and an exchange programs between US universities and SANN institute a liberal arts college in Nepal ( Old Tibet was the owner ).
While Narayan keep busy traveling and taking care of business and at the same time, he was thinking more to help the people of Nepal. Where as Sreejana was dedicating to the business and raising children at the same time. Once she was taking care of all the businesses and making sure of the salary of employees, running the business, sometimes with lots of challenges and same time becoming full time mum. Sreejana and Narayan’s caring, loving, kind giving, friendly, understanding and companionate partnership does help people to be successful. The couple claim that they may not be rich, but they are the most happiest and satisfied couple. Because of them continue effort to help others, Millions have received help. Now Old Tibet is the only profit-making business they have, and they make sure that some of the proceeds goes to support the school children’s education.
They have a scholarship foundation established in Nepal under the name of Sreejana, it is named “Sreejana Scholarship foundation. Those of you want to donate to this project to honor Sreejana devotion as a pillar of success to help millions out there please go to our nonprofit organization website and please donate your caring donation in www.helpinghandsusa.org and mention for Sreejana scholarship foundation. This amount will stay as an endowment fund and with this thousands of the children of their “Surya Boarding Secondary school “will get educated in the long run. Whole year fee, books and uniform will cost $550.00 per student, but if a student wants to stay at the school then all fee, books, uniform, room and board will cost for the whole year $1,500.00. However, you can donate as little as you want, we believe each drop eventually will fill the jar in the long run. Thank you.