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Nepal Orphans Home Inc

Rating: 4.82 stars   22 reviews 3,616

Address:

PO Box 1254 Davidson NC 28036 USA

Mission:

Nepal Orphans Home attends to the welfare of children in Nepal who are orphaned, abandoned, or not supported by their parents. NOH provides for the children’s basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing, as well as schooling and health care, and administers to their emotional needs with love and compassion, allowing them to grow up in a nurturing environment. Our mission is not just to rescue children from abject poverty, but to enable the children to develop and realize their potentials.

Results:

Now, in its seventh year, Nepal Orphans Home (NOH) operates five homes (known locally as Papa’s Houses) for 130 children in Dhapasi, in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. An active volunteer program, Volunteer Nepal, draws talented, compassionate people of all ages from around the world. In 2011 over 100 volunteers from a dozen countries served, several returning from the previous year.

Programs:

Teaching, Medical Assistance, Community Outreach, Orphanage Assistance, Cultural Exchange

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Rating: 5 stars  

Working through Volunteer Nepal has been an incredible experience. All of the people whom I have had the pleasure of working with at this organization are friendly, generous, and exude a positive energy while working together to make a change in the local community. My intentions for coming to Nepal where to volunteer in a medical capacity, and Volunteer Nepal was among the first group of organizations that popped up on my Google search. After close communication with several different volunteering organizations that offered "medicine" among other things, I am lucky to have chosen Volunteer Nepal for its genuine and selfless nature. At the time, Volunteer Nepal stood out above the rest as being a program dedicated to helping women and children and selflessly giving back to the community. Volunteer Nepal not only is partnered with Nepal Orphans Home - an organization that houses more than 100 children and provides them a stable, supportive home life as well as a top education; but it also supports efforts such as The Chelsea Center - a local center that empowers women through offering skills and English language classes; EDUC - a local preschool that provides an effective and motivating framework for their children to learn; participating with Curry Without Worry - an organization that cooks and provides a hot meal to homeless people every Tuesday evening in Kathmandu; and many placements both in Kathmandu and outside The Valley in medicine, agriculture and development, and teaching English. I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in many of the aforementioned projects during my 2 month stay in Nepal, and will be leaving today with a greater sense of accomplishment than I thought was possible. I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful of an organization Volunteer Nepal is - and I've worked with a few others in the past, this one is undeniably top notch. Thank you for all of the lessons you've taught me, the friendships I've developed, and for allowing me the opportunity to do something good in this world. Cheers & Namaste. Maria

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter, her friend, and I volunteered for 2 weeks in June 2016 with NOH. It was a life changing experience. Their staff and the whole organization is incredible and each placement brings about new experiences. I highly recommend volunteering through NOH and plan to come back very soon.

 
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My girlfriend and I volunteered with Volunteer Nepal for seven weeks and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Volunteer Nepal and NOH are both very well administered organizations run by great people. If you want to volunteer, they're very flexible and willing and able to work with you to customize your volunteer experience, and the work that they're doing is incredible. We plan to support VN and NOH in the future, and hope as many others as possible do as well.

Jesse Alston

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I volunteered with Nepal Orphans Home Inc for ten months, and it was truly the best ten months of my life! For ten months, I was able to work with 22 amazing kids at a nearby orphanage. During this time, I was challenged in the best way possible. I tutored, played, and laughed every single day. I would not change this experience for anything in the world. Anyone looking for a wonderful volunteer experience, in a beautiful country, with an amazing and supportive community, has found the right place in NOH!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

 
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Back in 2012, I was a senior CSR in a big Israeli company, and took active part in several local projects in my own country. However I had a sense of duty to do something beyond its borders, and Nepal was my choice. NOH was one of quite a few NGOs' sites that I explored, trying to realize my plan to go on a volunteering trip, and it was love on first sight. I was extremely impressed by the so open, yet professional and strict manner I was taken care of. It was from the registration procedure, through Q & A process, welcoming and orientation on the ground, accompanying me to the placement I had chosen, bringing me back safe and sound, and concluded with thorough briefing for comments. From my own professional experience, I knew what it takes to perform such a perfection.
Beyond any of these, I met adorable happy children in the houses of NOH in Kathmandu, devoted staff, and amazing volunteers from countries across the globe. I still keep in touch with directors, staff and grownups children of NOH, and came back for further volunteering, mostly in Kathmandu. I do look up to the wonderful people who run the operations in Nepal, and to the Board members who dedicated themselves to better our wonderful children's lives. I must say that it was great pride for me to bring my own children down there, and to share with them one of my secret sources of optimism, sense of fulfillment and a role model of unconditional love.
I viee NOH as a highly accountable, in regard of using sources of any kind, which encourage donors to invest in NOH's projects as well. Nepal Orphans Home has got my highest trust in all relevant senses.
I have no doubt that I will keep being in touch with NOH and its precious people.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

If you are interested in volunteering, I highly recommend doing the right research and talking to the right people. There are a great deal of scams and organizations that are only there to take your money especially in Nepal. However, NOH and Volunteer Nepal are not on that list. This organization is full of passionate directors and advisors that will give you all of the opportunities that you need to make a difference. No matter what your interests are, they can help, so that you can help. As a medical volunteer myself, I assisted in rural hospitals delivering vaccines to local villages, or diagnosed patients with clubbed feet outside of Kathmandu. There are so many opportunities! In kathmandu, many of the volunteers went to an English converstaion class with local Nepali women, taught English and mathmatics to children of all ages, and/or became friends with local Nepali orphans in NOH and other local organizations. The cost may seem like it is a lot, I know as a broke student paying back loans, but it is worth it. Half of the money goes directly to the children and community. They get a great education, have 2 to 3 meals a day, and have opportunities that would not be possible without this aid. The rest goes to your food, housing, and travel expenses. Again, I highly recommend this organization! It completely changed my view in my profession and as a person. If you have any additional questions email me at nwilliams15@ jcu.edu. Go make a difference.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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Hi my name is Leah and I am from New Zealand. I had the pleasure to be under the care and guidance of Michael and his team in June 2013. I had been won over by the friendly and courageous people of Nepal in a previous trip in April. I journeyed back there with an unsettling urge to do something meaningful, something that could make a difference. I was motivated by a close friend who was similarly inspired, so I made plans with Volunteer Nepal and set goals to achieve. I was welcomed not only by the honest and accommodating staff but also the fellow volunteers that form a community hub, a family away from home. The children within Michaels care are happy and loving despite the trials and mistreatment they may have known, and this is to Michaels credit. He has a genuine love and a compassionate spirit that sustains the organisation. His gentleness and kindness are a model to all that come into his contact. There is obviously are strong will and determined fortitude as well as the houses and needs are met and advocated for in a system of bureaucracy that is fraught with difficulties. My experience was life changing and the friendships I made will remain a constant reminder to the love and community humanity should strive for.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I had no expectations to what my experience should be or could be so this is now my benchmark for future expeditions on my journey towards a meaningful life of befriending and helping others.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I joined the Board in May of 2012. I am extremely proud of NOH and cherish the ability to be able to use the word 100% accountable and ethical, a healthy family . As a Board member and volunteer, I have enjoyed watching and being a part of a team that visits the children as often as I can . I have been recently in March of 2013 and all kids are thriving , happy and doing well in school , upper + 2 , and college. The managers , and volunteer house management is wonderful and professional. They grow as the homes grow , and Michael Hess , is an amazing Head founder , head father and Papa to the boys and staff. HE manages all so smoothly , and the org is maturing smoothly, each child growing safe and happy.

As a board member, I try to spread the word of volunteering to schools. I am working on Smith College, and others. Interesting programs are starting vocationally , a success for our growing up population at NOH . Courses in trades are taught weekly , music and art , tailoring , and Nepali mentors to several NOH students from Masters programs in other countries who are interested in helping their fellow Nepali young students. Our vocational skills program is growing, with medical volunteering for the NOH older students, and one grad has a fine job in a hospital. We seek vocational experiences that are safe and a good exposure to the professional working world . We search for corporate and private service responsibility to give back to NOH and in turn give to your own selves. All Board members are encouraged by our President with a very fund raising package to fund raise and raise awareness each year, This is a big help to have management that is present all the time to help the Board as we move towards a capital campaign to help raise funds for an Undergrad campus , vocational school and community outreach program.

The Board communicates quickly on most questions. Staff help to keep communications up via email or Face book . The director and Founder is very helpful to email updates which supports many small projects of support to NOH from abroad, which makes it easier to approach a donor with fresh information. I appreciate his time immensely as it helps spur on my efforts and I think that is a great Board attribute of many on the Board, we work together .

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are no changes that I can think of. I would try to train a staff to have workshops on interview skills, mock interviews, conflict management drama therapy sessions on issues that one would find in work. I would have a grant writer always in office , and an intern NOH student searching , researching for grants , do researching . I would have international volunteers working on that as well.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I ( 51 yrs old ) have been a volunteer at NOH since November 2008, and have returned 7 times , either alone or with students , from three schools( 1 in Switzerland , and two in France ) and their administrations to set up and promote volunteering programs at NOH , a totally worthy organization . My experience was so healthy , inspiring and accountable in every sense of the word, that I am confident in all my efforts to try to start service groups in schools, Women's clubs , and churches. A 501(c) 3 charity, 100% well run , and with values to promote and develop solid education , both primary , secondary , and vocational planning , both for work skills , and living skills . This is an organization that gives to the local Nepali children the opportunity for a life and future that they deserve : safe , happy,challenging successful ! NOH intends to offer safe futures with work , and joy to these kids' lives . In 2011 , Aiglon College had the experience of sending 8 students to teach computer skills , and English , exactly what the children need for their future work experiences . They gave in many ways to NOH , proudly , and happily and will be returning in October 2012 . Paris schools , EABJM and ASP , have home groups and clubs that do fund raising and advocacy meetings about Nepali issues and one ASP Volunteer has started Skyping every Saturday with the NOH boys . Overall, the NOH volunteer program is fantastic, safe , happy , and multi faceted , a time for each volunteer to learn their own living skills , take mission challenges in and out of Kathmandu , and have a myriad of one on one experiences with the NOH kids . I love NOH and Volunteer Nepal ! And so do my daughter (18 ) and son(15 ) .

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have had 2 daughters volunteer with VN and decided to go and visit myself before committing. What I found was an environment of love and trust that far exceeded my expectations.
I happily donate as often as I can knowing the money goes to where it is needed rather than into the pockets of unscrupulous operators.
I would have no hesitation recommending VN to anyone and would be happy to endorse them in my capacity as teacher at Bendigo Secondary College Australia.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

58 years of life experience, and 10 years involvement in social accoutability in my country, Israe, brought me asa volunteer with Nepal Orphans's Home (NOH ) for a month, teaching English in a Buddhist monastery, located in a Nepali remote area. I was highly impressed by professional approach of NOH's team from the very first contact I had. It continued with warm welcoming in their very well organized Volunteer house, efficient orientation, reasonable weekly fee, as well as needed support throughout the whole period of time given to the placement.
Ever since volunteering, I have been a supporter of this very important NGO, which takes excellent care, of almost 150 children, living in 5 homes in Kathmandu.
Aside from their great concerns for their children, NOH team is well aware of volunteer needs, regarding diversity of activities and location of placements. Thus, it offers a wide range of options to volunteer for various durations. I met kind and caring people, who make great contribution to a positive volunteering experience, for all kind of potential volunteers - youth, adult, travelers, specialist etc.
Wisely, NOH has established good connections with medical institution around Kathmandu, in order to help them with volunteering, as well as making potential jobs for their grown children, and recently there are some good fruit of these initiatives.
Finally, efficiency regarding cost-effect is quite impressive, and it is very well shown by the homes' maintenance, food providing , education and so much loving care of the children. So, potential donors can be sure that donations are being channelled to stated goals, with minimum add on to organizational costs. I am privileged to take part in such mission, with such people, who succeed to make it so different for so many human beings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Enhance connections with official representatives of all countries that have Embassy or Consulates in Nepal.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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