We fell in love with the incredible people in western Nepal. Despite many people living in severe poverty, on one of the most gloriously remote and imposing landscapes on earth, they were always colourful and welcoming.
A hand drawn map led Ian on an 8 hour treck off an isolated road...
In 2006 Ian Brown was volunteering in a Nepalese city called Pokhara. He had been spending 6 months in Nepal every year since 2004, returning to his home in Belfast with tales of inspiring people living through terrible poverty. His work took him to a children’s home, where he had an instant bond with the children and staff. Eager to find out more about the children’s families, Ian set off into the remote areas around western Nepal with just a hand-drawn map as a guide. The villages where only accessible by foot, his first stop being more than an 8 hour walk from the nearest road.
The families he meet were substance farmers, living with very little support. There was very basic education, no health care, no sanitation and a crippling lack of income. The families were desperate, and many of them asked him to bring their children to the children’s home but this was not possible.
Ian decided to see if he could do something which made a real lasting difference.
In building homes and opportunities we built lasting friendships...
Making contact with a Nepalese charity (Hilly Resource Development Centre) Ian explained what he had experienced and asked what he could do to raise funds to start projects in the areas. Arriving back in Belfast with a renewed desire to help all year round, Ian set up Sathi Nepali with the help of friends and family.
Within 2 years, Sathi Nepali had started work in a village called Chimkhola and a nearby village called Ruma, located in the mountains of West Nepal.We worked in these two villages for 5 years. Have a look at what we did.
- Formed 9 community groups with a total number of 176 members. Group leaders were selected and trained in managing all aspects of group work. AIM - To identify common problems and work to solve each problem, collect a donation each month from each member to start a saving scheme,
- Built 174 Household toilets, 11 new school toilets, repaired 3 school toilets, benefiting 233 pupils.- Supported 108 school children with stationary and school fees for 3 years-Provided 179 school benches, 27 chairs, 7 tables, teaching materials, sports materials, 10 schools received your support.
- Provided teacher training courses for 13 teachers and 4 parents.-Provided entrepreneur awareness training to all group members.
In 2014 the local community asked for help to build a house for a family who are the poorest in the village.The new house was completed in 2015 with your support. Sathi Nepali have worked on projects supporting just one person, one family up to entire communities and continue to seek help to do this important work.
A big thank you from Sathi Nepali and the people from Nepal who our work has supported. Please consider including a donation with your order in order to aid our work. No amount is too small.