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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 2018 Nepal Orphans Home began its fourteenth year of operations, providing for seventy-six children in three Papa’s Houses and twenty young adults independently living in transition housing while attending college preparatory classes. 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 sixth year of academic enrichment, vocational and life skills training for Papa’s House children and its fourth 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

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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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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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1 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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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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