Himalayan Village Education Trust (or 'HiVE' as we call it) is at present an organization founded and run by Alok Mahendroo. Starting way back in 1996 Alok had set up a handloom designing unit with a women’s group and his wife Isabelle (Isha) Mahendroo Pompignat, a school teacher on sabbatical leave, helped a group of Indian women to setup and run a home made Jam, Tofu and Peanut butter making unit in a village near McLeodganj. This led later to starting educative projects in the surrounding villages inhabited by Gaddis, a tribal group of half nomadic shepherds, now settled. Between 1999 and 2002 three tailoring schools for girls, a kindergarten and a village library and computer center were started, all these facilities were provided free of cost. At present they are working to set up an educational and vocational training centre in a village near Dalhousie in district Chamba of Himachal Pradesh.