HNAF is a leading registered voluntary non-Government organization based in Siliguri, West Bengal, affiliated to Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi. Over last 26 years HNAF has proved itself to be one of the leading organization of this region, working towards promotion of adventure-sports, environmental-awareness, bio-diversity conservation and conducting survey and studies on Avifauna, Ichthyofauna and other wild life. HNAF plays a leading role in spearheading environmental movements to spreads nature education amongst the children and youth. In the field of camping (for youth, general children & children with special needs), Trekking, Mountaineering, Adventure Courses, Social Work, Relief & Rescue operation, Nature & Environmental Education, Bird Watching/Survey/Awareness, Wildlife Conservation/Advocacy/Movement/Census, Water and Biodiversity Conservation etc, in last 26 years HNAF has proved itself to be one of the most active & leading organizations of this region. Since its inception in 1990 HNAF is dedicated to the cause of society in distress and natural calamities. It has been acting as society’s conscience by raising its voice relentlessly against various types of indiscreet and wanton acts affecting quality of human and wild life. We have got the voluntary support from our over 150 odd members and uncounted well wishers from different part of the country and different spheres of life. HNAF has also been working together with several State & Central govt. organizations in various projects and works.
CAMPING: In last 26 years HNAF has organized several camps for boys & girls students of school, colleges, university and challenged youth & adult. HNAF have organized 31 nos. of Nature Study Cum Adventure Camp for boys & girls, aged between 5 to 15 yrs. Every year. From December 25th to 30th. Campers mainly from Siliguri & adjoining areas and from different parts of West Bengal participate Annual All India Nature Study Cum Adventure Camp for children & youth with special needs (age 5 to 25 yrs). From December 18th to 23rd (5nights 6days) participants from different institutes all over the country take part in this camp. HNAF is the only organization in the country to organize this type of specialized camp for the last 25 years. Annual Nature Study Camp for Visually Challenged Children. For last 12 years HNAF is organizing this camp. Tribal and other socio economically backward visually challenged boys and girls even from the remote villages in Dooars and Terai regions take part in the camp. Organized in collaboration with A.Y.J.N.I.H.H (Govt. of India) organized Trekking & Camping Course specially for the Hearing Impaired youth from different parts of the country for five years. • Every year summer Nature Study Camp is organized for the School student for 4nights 5days in different hilly regions of North Bengal. • At least 100 different short period camps had been organized for different colleges and school students in last 24 years. MOUNTAINEERING & HIGHER ADVENTURE: To keep ourselves active & charged to execute different social activities & responsibilities we often go for high altitude trekking, rafting, explorations, jungle trek etc. on regular basis to keep all our volunteers physically & mentally robust. We also sometimes go for different Mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas. Some of our achievements are as: • 1992 Mt. Jogin-I & III Expedition in Grahwal Himalayas- Successful, • 1995 Mt. Tinchenkhang Expedition in Sikkim Himalayas- Unsuccessful, • 1995 High Altitude Exploration & Scientific Expedition in Sikkim Himalayas, • 1997 Mt. Sudarshan Parbat Expedition in Garhwal Himalayas-Successful, • 2000 Mt. Sri Kailash Expedition in Garhwal Himalayas-Successful, • 2003 Mt. Sinkhun Expedition in Himachal Himalaya-Successful • 2005 Mt. Jupkia Expedition in Himachal Himalaya- Successful • 2007 Mt. Kharcha Parbat Expedition in Himachal Himalaya- Unsuccessful • 2009 Mt. Lamsher & Chamsher Kangri in Ladak Himalaya- Successful • 2010 Glacial study expedition in Sikkim Himalayas in collaboration with Visva Bharati University. EXPLORATION/ADVENTURE/TREKKING: • HNAF organized several UGC sponsored High Altitude Trekking Program for different colleges under North Bengal University. • High Altitude Scientific Study on West Sikkim Himalayan Glacier organized by Visva Bharati University. Successfully for 3 years HNAF provided technical support for the exploration. • HNAF organized different awareness programs, camps for students of different NSS unit of different colleges in North Bengal. • HNAF has taken over a massive campaign on ‘SAVE WATER’ in siliguri and surrounding areas. In this aspect several awareness programs in all the 47 wards of Siliguri Municipal Corporation is being conducted amongst general mass with special emphasis on ladies, same program is being conducted in different schools of the area. • For last 24yrs HNAF annually organized Adventure Trekking Camping Course for the Youth. This is a survival type certificate course. Participants from all over West Bengal take part. NATURE/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION: • From its inception HNAF relentlessly fight and work for conservation of Nature & Wildlife by conducting/organizing/participating in various census, survey, seminar, workshop etc. • For last 24 years HNAF conducted Annual Water Fowl Count at 7 different wetlands of North Bengal, namely phulbari, gajoldoba, Rasik beel, Narartholi beel, Rasomati beel, Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Gorumara National park. • HNAF members took part in every Wildlife census in Tiger Reserves, National Parks, and Wildlife sanctuary’s of North Bengal. • HNAF completed first ever Fish Survey in Buxa Tiger Reserve, Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and Gorumara National Park which was acclaimed nationally. • For last 7 years HNAF organized Annual Bird Watching Camp in different forests of North Bengal. Participants are from different parts of West Bengal. SOCIAL WORKS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES: • HNAF took major role to make Siliguri a “Plastic carry bag free zone”. • HNAF has worked relentlessly for wildlife conservation through various programs and has always raised voice against Wildlife killings and took several steps to stop the killing of wildlife . • From the very inception of the organization, HNAF took part in relief and rescue operation in various natural calamities/Disaster in hills and plains. • HNAF organized various medical camps in the remote villages on the hills of North Bengal. • In 2001 when the whole of Siliguri was gripped with some kind of unknown fever which took more than 20 lives, HNAF had played a vital role in cleaning operation and restoring the confidence of the people of Siliguri. • In 1999 when a huge railway accident occurred in Gaisal, members of HNAF had worked relentlessly day & night in the rescue operation and cremation. • In 1999-2001 HNAF was the first organization to bring to the notice of administration, media world and people at large of West Bengal and India the plight and unbearable sufferings and starvation death of the workers of the closed tea gardens in the Dooars, and immediately run medical and relief camp in different closed tea gardens of Dooars for the cause of affected workers. DOCUMENTATION: • We have tried our best to document these wide varieties of programs spreading over a period of about 25 years in different formats in form of photographs, videos, paper cuttings and in journals namely “GREEN WAVE” and “SINGALILA SINCHULA” published by us from time to time. We are sure that this documentation will be of great use for the future generations.