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Nepal Orphans Home Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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 2019 Nepal Orphans Home (NOH) began its fifteenth year of operations, providing for 47 children in Papa’s House, as well as supporting 18 adolescents attending college preparatory classes and funding the higher education of 39 young adults enrolled in grades 12–16. Nearly half of the children are former Kamlari girls rescued from past indentured servitude. The Chelsea Education and Community Center (CECC) began its seventh year of academic enrichment and life skills training for the Papa’s House children and its fifth year of free literacy classes to local women in the community of Dhapasi. Volunteer Nepal (VN) last year hosted over eighty international volunteers, including two large groups of high school students from Australia and New York. NOH Outreach continued to provide assistance to the less fortunate throughout Nepal.

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

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to volunteer with Nepal Orphans Home in 2014. I was young at the time but it was a remarkable experience. Meeting the children at the different homes was wonderful. Each volunteer was a pleasure to meet and work with. During my time with Nepal Orphans Home I met so many unique individuals bringing their experiences and backgrounds to the organization. Kathmandu is a fascinating place and well worth exploring. I highly recommend this organization if you're looking for a wonderful volunteer experience.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been an absolute joy and privilege to have been able to work with Nepal Orphans Home for the past few years. They are a remarkable organization and they have had a deep impact in the community -- even beyond their work providing a caring and compassionate upbringing for so many truly wonderful children. The Chelsea Education and Community Center Program (which provides vocational training classes to children and women in the local community), for example, has been a profoundly successful effort. The joy and dedication evident in both the students and the teachers is truly uplifting.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to volunteer, to visit, and to work directly with the programs that NOH has established in Kathmandu. You will never find a more dedicated and compassionate group of people -- nor a more promising, good-hearted, and bright group of kids. The time that I have spent there is among the most personally rewarding experiences of my life.

I could share a thousand individual moments, interactions, and experiences that made my time with NOH feel meaningful -- from teaching English conversation classes to accompanying volunteers to village placements to having lunch with the kids. But instead I feel that I can only recommend that you go and visit -- and see how profoundly it affects your life and outlook as well!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nepal Orphans Home and Volunteer Nepal are amazing organizations! I have been to Nepal with them a few times and love it more every time. The staff members are extremely knowledgable about the volunteer placements and make it feel like home. Volunteering with NOH is always an amazing eye opening experience. I recommend it for everyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Personally, coming to the Himalayan range was a life goal since I was a child; having the help
from Volunteer Nepal to achieve and empower this dream was a blessing.
After arriving in Kathmandu I was perfectly clear where I would g: Bigu, a Tibetan Nunnery near
the Gaurishankar protected region. The isolation and mountain (Nepali call them hills since
mountains are 5000+ meters ) views would be my main goals to sink in.
Himal made plans to leave the volunteer house at 5 am, catch the local bus at 5:30 and arrive in Singati in
the afternoon. After arriving in Singati, we caught a local jeep that took us to the base of a
mountain near the last river crossing. We started to hike at 5pm and arrived in the monastery at
8.30, one and a half hour after sunset. During the monsoon season, these hills become infested
with leeches and they do their job really well. They stick on you, they walk on you and they suck
your blood if you’re not aware of their presence. Despite the discomfort nothing major
happened.
The next day was a rest day; after meeting Suchitra she invited me to join her on a hike to
DevDhunga with the local people. They were celebrating the holiday by going to DevDhunga
offering something in return for their wishes. I woke up at 4, left at 4:15 and, after climbing for 4
hours, we reached our goal in the top of the hill where a big rock (dunga) lays with a small
shrine below. The mist had set in so the views weren’t great, but the feeling of accomplishment
and happiness were not suppressed by this. After the strenuous climb, the descent was also not
easy; as it is common in Nepal, many steps separate the low mountains from the high hills.
The plan was to teach English at the Nunnery however, as each man has their luck, my own
was about to surface. One of the Guru, Jampa, had a problem in his computer and asked if I
could help him. After concluding that the laptop was infected with a strange virus (every file
copied to a USB stick would spontaneously convert to a link and the file disappear) it was best
to format it. I booted the computer into safe mode to copy important files to a clean USB and
then recovered the laptop to its factory state. After speaking with the master Guru about
meditation, I then asked him if they had more computers. After the Earthquake in 2015, the
computers fell to the ground and were stored in a shed full of dust. The computer boxes were
damaged, but the internals were OK. After 4 days of struggling with the power outages,
keyboards, mouse and displays not working and the English lessons, I managed to get 2 of the
4 computers in working condition.
The rumour spread out that I fix computers and suddenly I was known as the Engineer Who
Fixes Electronics which led to having other laptops and tablets to fix. All the laptops and
desktops I fixed in Bigu had the same virus, and the solution was the same for all of them.
Whenever I do something for others that is simple for me, I don’t take it as important, since for
me it is trivial. For them was a major change; having 2 working computers for the students to
type letters, draw paintings, watch videos and pictures was something that only before the
earthquake was possible, now it is real again.

Nepal Orphans Home was to me the same it is to the Orphans, a home. With the help of the staff I could reach my goals as a volunteer and help them reach success in providing education for the least fortunate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience in Nepal, guided by Volunteer Nepal, has been irreplaceable. Firstly, the program recognized the importance of cultural understanding through their orientation. Upon my arrival the organization guided me through Kathmandu to visit historical sites, and sat down with me to explain customs, traditions, and language. This was a unique experience that allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and try to immerse myself in the Nepali culture. Volunteer Nepal also has a series of placements around the nation that range from teaching to agriculture. I am currently at a teaching placement in Lubra, and it has been such an amazing experience thus far. Volunteer Nepal organized my stay at a lodge, helped me navigate the hectic bus system, and frequently checks in to make sure everything is running smoothly. This volunteer organization is exceptional in the sense that it helps the volunteer’s struggle in navigating a new country, while instituting a sense of freedom, which allows the volunteer to make the biggest impact on others and themselves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After graduating High school I came to Nepal, as my first time leaving my home country. I didn't really know what to expect but I've worked with volunteer groups in the past. NOH makes it so easy to become a part of the community and feel more at home, right away. The staff in the volunteer house are absolutely wonderful and are there to help with any problems.

Along with the people of NOH, I can say just about the same for their many placements around Nepal. They make the process easy and fun for you to choose where you are going and what you want to be doing. During my 5 Month stay in Nepal I spent 2 months becoming part of the community in a rural mountain village that has a school of about 80 that I taught at. For the rest of my time I worked in the OCPFN orphanage and EDUC school which are in neighboring neighborhoods in Kathmandu. Which brings me to another point. The neighborhood that has been built around Papa's House in Dhapasi is absolutely outstanding. You can walk down the street and people will know, without even talking with you, that you are there working with volunteer Nepal. My favorite example of this was when a man approached me as I was on my daily walk to school and asked if one of the volunteers was here in Kathmandu or when he would be back- because he wanted to see him!

Overall there is nothing that would keep me from giving NOH a 5 star rating. 100% trust, 100% easy, 100% accountable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thru luck, I fould Nepal Orpans Home in Kathmandu in 2018. It was apparent that the organization was well organized and also that what they were doing was have a profound and positive effect on the community. I was there for 3 months. I later went back in 2019 for 5 months as I had such a wonderful time there in 2018.
They have this very nice house in a quiet neighborhood just a short walk from the ring road. Not only does it house volunteers but there is an office where they coordinate the many things that they are involved in.
I opted to stay in Kathmandu because I was working at two wonderful places . One was a school for kids of disadvantage children where I taught English, and the other was an orphanage where I just helped out with English homework.
All is all, I have to say my experience with NOH was excellant. I was able to do some good,, and I met many people who were also trying to better the lives of their neighbors.

2 Lou P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first visited NOH in 2010 . It’s become an annual event. My three grown up children have accompanied at different times and this year my husband is joining me. I love to show them what an incredible organisation this is. To feel the love of the children, to meet volunteers from all over the world and be totally inspired by the outcomes and achievements of Michael Hess’s vision to help people in need. This commitment is overwhelming and with the NOH organisation so much good for so many people is brought about. Each time I visit I return inspired, filled with hope and a feeling of seeing the world in a whole new perspective. About to head off again and can’t wait to be immersed again in this fascinating part of the world.

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1 Waro H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NOH is like my second home. I have been growing up on the same ground with NOH family and Every new day with them is like a folding a new chapter of my life. For me, I see NOH as a big family with immense love and care.
NOH will always have a special place in my heart ..
May the force be with NOH !

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2 Jameson H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My friend and I had an amazing time in Nepal thanks to this organization! We spent two weeks volunteering at the primary school in the remote village of Ghurjung (just past Ghandruk) after being led there by our wonderful Volunteer Nepal guide. We were able to help out very much at the school, and we had a great time doing it. I’m so glad I was able to come to Nepal and volunteer through this organization because it clearly has such a pure and honest mission. I felt that I was really making a difference, and that the money that I spent on the volunteer fees (which was very affordable for the care and guidance you are provided) were helping out a great cause. I would highly recommend this organization as the best nonprofit to volunteer with for any traveler looking to volunteer in Nepal!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent 6 weeks volunteering at Manmohan Memorial Community hospital in Pharping which was organised through Nepal Orphans Home. They were very helpful and professional in helping me to organise my placement before I arrived in Nepal, and during my trip the support offered was just at the right level. I visited the orphans home, and it seemed like a very friendly, welcoming, and well provisioned place to grow up. I am pleased that my money has gone towards such a worthwhile organisation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was given the address of this organization " Volunteer Nepal " by Kopan Monastery. My adventure in Kathmandu was really great and this experience has changed I can say my life.
All people @ Volunteer's house are special: Sunita/Shreya/Saroj/Himal.
I knew all staff all fantastic. The house is clean / food very good/ good organization I was never alone so I felt secure and protected during my visits to the city and to the orphanage.
I' m very satisfied to have had this opportunity and it was very useful for my spiritual and personal growth.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Nepal Orphans Homes since 2009 from the U.S. and on the ground in Nepal. I have spent time in rural placements in Nepal, taught in the Kathmandu Valley, stayed in the volunteer house and have come to know the directors, advisers, volunteers, and the staff in Nepal. Over the past nine years I have come to know the organization as family, which I know is the experience of many other volunteers. I have made friends from all over the world during my time in Nepal. During my last visit (July 2018), my husband and I stayed in the volunteer house with our seven year old son. We spent the majority of our time volunteering at Chelsea Center and enjoying time with the children and college students. We did some sightseeing as well. The young men who run the volunteer house are former children on NOH (or maybe it's best said "forever children of NOH") and were kind and thoughtful when interacting with our son and helpful in making arrangements when our poor Nepali skills didn't suffice. I could share hundreds of stories that convey the confidence and admiration I have for this organization, but the jest of it is that it is an organization run by honest, hard working, caring, compassionate and accepting people. I highly recommend Nepal Orphans Home for anyone looking to make a positive impact in a country where poverty is overwhelming, but so is the kindness of its people. Whether you travel to Nepal to volunteer, raise money from afar or make a donation, your time, money and energy will be well spent. - - - Pictured: Sightseeing at Swayambhunath Temple, my son walking with the children of NOH to school, the children of NOH, volunteers on the balcony of the volunteer house.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm 14 years old and volunteered at NOH with my family during my school break. I loved getting to know all the kids who are so friendly and fun! I helped run some workshops like a book talk and I also got to volunteer at different outreach programs like a blind home and a baby orphanage. It was a great experience and I can't wait to go back soon!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for NOH in March 2018. I was impressed by both the professionalism and the humanity that I saw here. NOH provides volunteer opportunities in the Kathmandu Valley as well as in areas around Nepal. In all cases, it seemed that the focus was on providing services that were helpful and practical for the population served, not simply a desire to attract volunteers and voluntourism dollars. In my experience, NOH is well-organized and oriented to truly helping. I had a very positive impression and look forward to working with them again.

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1 Andrew H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently spent two weeks volunteering as part of a large group visit to Nepal. I was quite nervous about what i could offer these people however I needn't have been as the organizers made us all feel welcome and valued our input into the lives of those that we met. Accommodation, food and orientation to the local area and culture was perfect. Placements are varied, and well supported. The service that Nepal Orphans Home and Volunteer Nepal provide to the community is fantastic. I would not hesitate to recommend anyone considering volunteer work to contact these people and become part of the growing family.

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2 Weronika D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with The Nepal Orphans Home was such a beautiful and eye-opening experience. I’d met and worke lots of amazing people and learnt so much about Nepali culture along the way. I taught at EDUC Nepal and worked children at the school. They were all absolutely gorgeous and intelligent. I miss them all. Our guides were so very helpful and accomodating and I feel that we grew very close in those 10 days we’d spent there. It’s almost like we were family. Overall having volunteered with this organisation, it was the most enriching time of my life. I am planning, even now, to return in a couple months.

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1 Zac P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our school went and did some volunteer work and it was absolutely incredible! Everyone was so polite and kind, it was an amazing experience. I'd definitely recommend to anyone thinking about doing volunteer work overseas.

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1 Natasha A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fabulous place to stay, wonderful food and facilities. Most importantly the people are amazing. They truly know how to make you feel like you have a home away from home. Working with the children is such a heartwarming experience. A must for all!

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Cat S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My child recently did some volunteer work with Nepal Orphans Home. I can’t rave enough about this organisation. They give so much to very needy people and make real changes to these peoples lives. Fantastic work team

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