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Nepal Orphans Home Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Human Services, Residential Care & Adult Day Programs

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: In 2017 Nepal Orphans Home began its thirteenth year of operations, providing for a hundred children in four Papa’s Houses and two dozen young adults independently living in transition housing and attending college. Nearly half of the children provided for are former Kamlari girls rescued from indentured servitude. Volunteer Nepal, our affiliate volunteer program, draws talented, compassionate people, annually hosting a hundred volunteers from across the world. The Chelsea Education and Community Center began its fourth year of vocational and life skills training for older Papa’s House children and its second year of adult literacy classes to local women in the community of Dhapasi.

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

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am in LOVE with this place.

Since the first day I started working as a Maths teacher at Chelsea Center, my experience and philosophy of work has transformed completely. A year ago, I joined the Center: I feel so well connected to the kids, to the team and to the organization that each day pass by with a feeling inside me which the word working could never explain. I am not just working here — It feels like I am giving something, I am serving, I am learning a lot and I am growing here.

To me, this place is a different piece of world.

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Eswar S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a physician and recently volunteered at Papa's homes in Kathmandu. The arrangements were impeccable. We were received at the airport and guided through every step of the way. Michael Hess who runs NOH knows nothing but love for these unfortunate children. They are well housed, clothed and educated. I had long sessions talking to them and not a single one wants to go back to what remains of their families. Papa's homes helps them dream big and encourages them to achieve their dreams. We taught CPR to the kids and women at the Chelsea Center. Anita Mahato, Shreya, Sanjeev, Ms. Pandey are all dedicated workers at NOH and Volunteer Nepal. It appears nearly 100% of donations go straight to programs. I have no hesitation in recommending this organization for anyone wanting to volunteer in Nepal. It was a life changing experience

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working at Chelsea Education and Community Center (CECC) as a Nepali and English instructor since one and half years which has been a great experience.
Teaching these adult and elderly women is an unforgettable experience as we get lot's of love and fun experience with them.
I got the opportunity not only to teach them but also to learn life lessons from them.
CECC focuses on educating women as well as giving them life skills knowledge which is beneficial for their day to day activities.
Besides working with elderly and adult women I also work with NOH kids who have lots of enthusiasm to learn.
Getting the chance to work in this organization is a great opportunity and lifetime experience which I will never forget. :)

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Carmen H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We stayed with NOH for 2,5 weeks back in summer 2015. It was a wonderful and lifechanging experience. All my love, Carmen

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Beatrice L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We stayed with NOH for 2,5 weeks back in summer 2015. It was a wonderful and lifechanging experience. Feel free to check out the "Nepal 2015" section/blog on our website: https://www.stoptalkingstartmoving.com/nepal-2015/ Kind regards from Germany, Bea

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Eileen W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Nepal Orphans Home for the first time in 2012. Over the following 4 years I spent 2 1/2 years living in Kathmandu and working directly with the children and and staff at NOH as well as various associated organizations such as Volunteer Nepal and the Chelsea Education and Community Center.

The children are well looked after, provided for and happy. NOH is not only making sure they are clothed, housed and fed- they are making sure they receive a real education and the chance to reach their potential.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working at the Chelsea Education and Community center for one and half years. It is a great feeling to work with the adults. It does not feel like a workplace as we get lots of love and respect from the women who are like our mothers, and the teammate co-operation is also awesome. Different types of workshops are also held which help the women to boost up their knowledge of social and personal issues.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteer Nepal gave me by far the best volunteering experience, making my stay absolutely unforgettable! From the warm and friendly ambience at the Volunteer House, to the beautiful, eager children at EDUC and the Happiness Center, doing volunteer work in Nepal with Volunteer Nepal felt awesome! Shout-out to the wonderful team, who were always on call and ready to accompany us in the streets of Kathmandu!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an amazing time in Nepal with Nepal Orphans Home. My time there was an experience of a lifetime and I can't wait to go back again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with NOH during the month of February (2017), as part of a study abroad program through my university in the USA. What an amazing experience! From the outset, the staff were incredibility thoughtful, providing packing lists and all sorts of information to orient volunteers before even arriving in Nepal. They also took time and care in placing volunteers where they could not just contribute something, but also feel comfortable and take a real interest in the work. During my time in Nepal, I saw that NOH not only took great care of their volunteers, they were doing amazing work, caring and providing for Nepali children. Upon first entering one of NOH's children's homes, I saw that the children were joyful, excited, and well cared for. As I got to know some of the staff a little better, it soon become clear to me that these were some of the most kindhearted and dedicated people that I had ever met. NOH is an incredible organization; in fact I was so impressed, I am currently making plans to go back to Nepal and spent more time working with NOH.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We met the wonderful people at Nepal Orphans home when we did some voluntary teaching & training there in May & June 2017. The children were delightful to work with, so happy & enthusiastic & the young teachers inspirational in their dedication to their students & to this home. We were very impressed with the management & structure of this organisation & the integrity of the staff & the programs. There is a culture of caring & respect evident in all aspects of their work & it is a very warm & welcoming place to visit. The way senior staff members engaged their teams in involving & empowering them in planning, implementing, managing, monitoring & reviewing the programs they offer was inspirational. This NGO is a wonderful role model of how a respectful & sustainable NGO should operate to give hope to so many marginalised people.

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Shreyau

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I joined Volunteer Nepal as a communication officer in the September of 2016. I truly feel lucky enough to be associated with Volunteer Nepal (VN) and Nepal Orphans Home (NOH). The thing I appreciate most about VN is the openness and the love and appreciation that everyone receives here. You can play multiple roles and there is always so much to contribute in all areas. Until this month, we've had national and international volunteers all over the country, providing teaching assistance at a local school in a remote village in the hills, to providing medical assistance at health clinics in the northern mountains, to the numerous individuals who stayed in Kathmandu to spend their time volunteering at a baby orphanage, a special education and rehabilitation center for disabled children, and helping the women of Dhapasi community with English Conversation class at the Chelsea Center. There is a bigger picture to the work I do and not a day goes by that I am not deeply inspired by the work that VN and NOH does.

All the staff at VN love what they do, and it shows in the strong relationships we have built with our volunteers and our beneficiaries. I am truly blessed to a part of such a wonderful place and to work side by side with such an enthusiastic team.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Chelsea Education and Community Center (CECC) for the past ten months, and I am impressed by all the CECC and its umbrella organization NOH have accomplished. Every Friday, volunteers from Volunteer Nepal host workshops for the Chelsea Center's women and children, teaching them about leadership skills, public speaking, health issues, and much more. The children of NOH and the women of the CECC have incredible energy. They make you feel as though you are their brothers and sisters when you participate in classes, workshops, or special events with them.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic charity, after volunteering with them for two months I can't speak highly enough of my experience.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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