About Us

The Charity was set up by Joan Pollock in 1993. Joan started her career as a nurse and later moved onto the Travel business in the 1980s. In 1992 Joan was in visiting Manali, Himachel Pradesh, India. During her stay, a Doctor from the Lady Willingdon Hospital invited her to a slide show at the hospital on the Spiti Valley. The valley had been closed to the outside world since 1959. Joan was overwhelmed by the beauty of this isolated valley and concerned to see the desolation of the people. When asked if she would help to raise money to build a hospital in Kaza, she was delighted and became totally committed to helping to improve the health, hygiene and general wellbeing of the local people of the valley.

Since then the charity has successfully built a Mission Hospital, Mane Village School and Mane Village Clinic. We have also set up a Child Sponsorship Scheme, a Mud Brick Project, and Knit for Spiti, creating opportunities for communities to get involved and participate in helping Spiti Projects grow.

Our charity is committed to environmental and conservation issues and to helping improve the health, hygiene and general wellbeing of the people of the Spiti Valley.

Joan Pollock

Joan Pollock

Founder/Chair
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RSCN, SRN, Tour Guide, City of London Guide, Fellow of Royal Geographical Society.

Qualified Nurse, Qualified Tour Guide, City of London Guide, Fellow of Royal Geographical Society.

Jean Rivington

Trustee

RSCN,SRN, Qualified Nurse and former Director of Special Tours.

Tony Swinnerton

Solicitor
Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

Supporter

Letter from the Dalai Lama

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple

Patron

Internationally acclaimed broadcaster and writer of Travel books