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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 2022 Nepal Orphans Home (NOH) begins its eighteenth year of operations, providing for thirty-two children in Papa’s House, as well as supporting eighteen adolescents attending college preparatory classes and funding the higher education of another twenty-five young adults enrolled in college and university. Our Chelsea Education and Community Center (CECC) begins its tenth year of academic enrichment and life skills training for the Papa’s House children and its eighth year of free literacy classes to over a hundred local women in the community of Dhapasi. Volunteer Nepal (VN) is prepared to host international volunteers for service to the poor in Nepal and NOH Outreach continues to provide assistance to the less fortunate throughout Nepal.

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

Community Stories

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

First of all, I would like to thank Chelsea [the Chelsea Education and Community Center of Nepal Orphans Home] for trying to educate uneducated women like us. I didn’t know how to read or write and my time was being wasted. I am very grateful towards Chelsea because I am utilizing my time by studying here. An illiterate person like me now can read and write in Nepali and English. I can read books including the Bible and I can read the sign boards.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

An earthquake hit Nepal in the year 2072 and everyone was in a state of panic. It was very hard for me and my family to take care of ourselves. At that time, my friends and I got an opportunity to know about the Chelsea Education and Community Center. Chelsea gave me and my friends a chance to utilize our free time. For women like us who are not educated or literate, Chelsea has been a platform and has given voice to voiceless women. After studying in Chelsea we are able to read and write in both Nepali and English fluently. I genuinely want to thank Chelsea for providing such a golden opportunity. I am delighted to be a part of Chelsea. Thank you!

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi all!

My name is Adella and I am a 16 year old from California. I have been working with this amazing organization for I believe about 5 years and have enjoyed everything about it! I have volunteered with bake sales with some of my friends, as well as in 8th grade, had the oppurtunity to raise money to send one of the girls to school. Overall, these experiences were very valuable to me and has taught me so much about charity, as well as leadership skills. I have really enjoyed working with them and am excited to continue doing so in the future!

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nepal Orphans Home is truly an exceptional organization with a tremendous and consistent history of helping and caring for children in need. My family -my wife, two daughters and I - have been actively involved with the orphanage for at least the past 12 years. Starting with small fundraisers like bake sales, we girls have been consistent volunteers and fund raisers for the orphanage. My wife and I have also been fully comfortable making personal requests to raise funds from our friends and business colleagues, and have helped raise considerable sums - all of which go to help the children directly without costly marketing fees and overhead. Our family personally visited Nepal and the the orphanage in 2018 and witnessed firsthand the commitment, dedication, and compassion of the staff and the hearty smiles and authentic appreciation of the children. Really inspiring. We had fun playing magic tricks and pick up basketball with the kids. And we organized book give aways and simple classes to help introduce them to computer skills.

Children are among the most special things in this world, and they deserve security, warmth and a chance to learn and excel. NOH helps provide exactly this - and it’s a wonderful organization worthy of emulation and support.

DPM - volunteer and big fan!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first traveled to Nepal in the fall of 2014 full of curiosity and in search of an opportunity to volunteer in a meaningful way. I volunteered with a couple of different child-focused organizations before connecting with Nepal Orphans home. The sincerity and integrity of the organization has kept me coming back to support the children and the organization time and time again. In fact I've been there 7 times in all and will continue to visit and support this amazing organization and family.

I'd like to add a little note that in all of my years of visiting there and volunteering, I've never once seen children there fight or even raise their voices at one another. The organization is run with such love and care and that overflows and seeps into the hearts of all who are a part of the organization. The picture here is of an outing I sponsored to take the kids to visit the historical area of neighboring Patan.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Nepal Orphans Home since 2015 with annual trips there and continuing projects from abroad. What stands out the most for me with the organization is its integrity. There are many unscrupulous charities operating in Nepal, but without a doubt, every decision that is made and every action that is taken is guided by the question of "what is best for those we serve." NOH not only serves it's children very well, but also continues to support them through their higher education and transition to full independence. Through their Chelsea Center, they provide educational support and additional life skills training, and also provide free classes to over 200 local women each day. NOH prefers to support children within their family/village homes as much as possible, and only takes in children who truly have no other good options for a healthy childhood. The children of NOH are loved and that is reflected daily in the kindness and smiles that they share with those whom they meet. A five star organization all the way.

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1

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter’s life was changed because of Nepal Orphans Home. Not because she was a child who lived there but because she volunteered. Many of the relationships she formed are still with her today.

She saw a different life than she lives in the United States which caused her to want to help. Her husband and son have now visited NOH with her and enjoyed some of the same experiences. I have no doubt she will be a lifelong NOH volunteer and supporter.

While my husband I have not visited Nepal we have doNated to NOH several times. We know that our donations are needed, used wisely and go much further than they would in our country.

Sending love to the children and those who help them!

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2 Laurakabora

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for Nepal Orphans Home through their Volunteer Nepal program in 2009. It was a life changing experience for me. I spent time in Kathmandu learning about the culture and tutoring NOH's children after school. From there I spent time teaching in a rural village near the Indian border for the remainder of my stay. Going into this experience I had never traveled outside of the U.S. and was nervous to say the least. The staff at NOH prepared me for my stay in the village and the other volunteers helped me to feel at home. I left feeling confident that my time in Nepal had a positive impact on the children and a confident supporter of NOH. I have returned to Nepal to support NOH in a variety of capacities since. On my most recent trip my husband and I brought our son, who was 8 at the time. He loved playing with the children & joining them during their afternoons a the Chelsea Education and Community Center after school. The friendships we have established over the years are invaluable and we are proud to say the NOH has become part of our family from afar. We will continue to be champions of their work and financial supporters.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi! I have been volunteering for NOH since I was in the second grade (I'm a junior in high school now!) and it has been such an amazing experience! Though I have never visited, the people that I have contacted through the organization are so kind, friendly, and excited to help all of the children in Nepal. Since I have started volunteering to help NOH, my friend and I have fundraised for their make-a-wish program and other outreach programs such as their home for blind children. Being able to help them has been such an amazing experience and one day I hope to go and visit in person!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Nepal Orphans Home must be one of the happiest places I have ever visited. I know this may sound corny, but it is a house of love. It is full of energetic children, anxious to learn and the most dedicated teachers. I went to a "Happy Children's Day" celebration. The children were dancing and having so much fun together. The adults who attend classes are like lifelog friends, joining together, ready and eager to learn. The center has such a wonderful community feel to it. I visited at the same time a nurse from Britain was visiting as a new volunteer. We were both so nervous about our long journey to the NOH. It was more than well worth it. What a great experience! Everyone is well cared for at the NOH. It is an enriching, wholesome center.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited Nepal Orphans Home in Kathmandu in winter of 2017, for a few weeks. The Chelsea Center (the NOH education center for children and women from the community) was full of life and interesting workshops. The staff and the educators were very dedicated and energetic. I met many interesting volunteers from all around the world who were giving their time to NOH. I recommend NOH to anyone who wants to visit Nepal and volunteer!

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3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Studying at the Chelsea Center has brought a lot of changes in many women’s lives.
The ones who were unable to write, study and speak for themselves are able now.
Chelsea is a place where women like myself are getting opportunities that we didn’t get
in our childhood. I feel very blessed to study at Chelsea and be a part of it. To teach old
women is not like teaching kids because kids' and women’s minds do not work in the
same way. The teachers at Chelsea are patient, kind-hearted, who always teach us in a
peaceful way that encourages all of us. I am really thankful to Chelsea and its
mem bers. Thank you!

Dhan Kumari Gurung
Grade 4

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This article is written by one of the adult student of Chelsea Education and Community Center.

I am a student of the Chelsea Education and Community Center and also a home maker. I am from Gorkha and currently I live in Pasikot, Kathmandu. It’s been 2 years since I started studying in Chelsea. I wanted to study a lot but I was not able to because of the circumstances, but Chelsea fulfilled my desire to study. My sister in law, Anu Gurung
told me about Chelsea and I started my journey since then. After studying at Chelsea, I got to know and understand many things. Thank you for the continuous help and encouragement to my teachers. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to read and write again.


Buddhamaya Gurung
Grade Three

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sushma:
The Chelsea Education and Community Center is my workplace where I got the platform to grow myself. It’s my belief that I am lucky to work and to be a part of CECC. Every year we conduct different events for women and it comes with many difficulties and challenges. Difficulties and challenges help me to build my confidence and encourage me to do any kind of work with perseverance.I feel proud to be an adult instructor at Chelsea Education and Community Center. All of my tensions and pressures immediately go away after entering the CECC and seeing the aunties/students. Even though they are senior in age, their regularity in the class and enthusiasm to learn makes my day wonderful. My students whom I have taught from the beginning still study with me and are able to read and write. I genuinely feel proud of them. I have a bundle of memories working with such a wonderful team and my students

4 Meenashi P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Two years and a lifetime full of memories. The Chelsea Center, one of Nepal Orphans Home's projects, has helped me grow into someone who is a bit more vibrant and a bit more compassionate than yesterday. Over time, I have taught 150 women, made hundreds of amazing relationships and have a bundle of memories that I will cherish for a lifetime. For a person who came to Kathmandu and left her family back home, I found the lap of so many mothers and also got an opportunity to give something to this community from all that I knew. To all those who are reading this, who are a part of the Chelsea Center right now, be you teachers, students or board members: Thank you for making me a part of your family. And to those who I haven’t gotten to meet: Remember, when you enter the Chelsea Center, you are already blessed to be working at such an amazing place. On the days when you feel low, remember that you are cherished at this place with love.

5 Kabita M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am one of the kids of Papa’s House. I joined the Chelsea Education and Community Center in the year 2017 as an adult education instructor. Being part of this organization was my biggest opportunity in the beginning of my career, and I got to learn so much from it. I have completed four years of teaching adult students and I have learned many things from this organization, team members and also from my loving and caring students.To all my students, I’d like to say: If you have the eagerness to learn something from your heart, nothing can stop you from doing it. Within the period of these 4 years I have seen the vast growth in aunties and I want them to continue their further studies so that they can achieve more in life. No matter how far I go from Chelsea Center, you will always remain in my heart as the best part of my life.
Kabita Mahato

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughters Shaily and Saurya have been volunteering at the NOH during their summer breaks for the last five years. Every visit they look forward to engaging with the children and the staff there. They mostly volunteer at the Chelsea Center (CECC) where they have conducted English language classes for the adult women from the Dhapasi community. Not only have they enjoyed teaching the ladies but have learned various life lessons and cultural tidbits from them. One year they helped build a library at CECC and in other years they helped NOH students with homework and computer lessons.

We have always felt a warm welcome from the NOH family. The organization is very well managed and the staff truly believes in its mission. I highly recommend NOH for anyone looking to volunteer and to make a difference!

2 Tanja W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Nepal Orphans Home (NOH) since 2019 with annual trips there. After some volunteering in Bangladesh, I decided to start a new project in Nepal and to join a volunteering program. I found Volunteer Nepal which helped me find a school in the mountains right on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It takes about 2 days to go there from Kathmandu—and so I made my way to Ghurjung.

I went there to give English classes for teachers and children and to provide active support wherever possible. The Ghurjung School is a very small one and there are only about 25 kids, which makes it easy to build a deep relationship with each of them.

Not only organizing many things for the trip, NOH’s Volunteer Nepal also gave me the chance to stay in their Volunteer House in Kathmandu. It’s always amazing to meet people from around the world there, meet the NOH kids and be welcomed into their cheerful community, making me proud by calling me “sister.” When I was planning this trip, I would never have thought how generously I would be treated and how intense the warm glow within myself would be. I very much hope to be able to travel to Nepal again soon to continue my projects with the teachers and students, and I can’t wait for it to happen.

I know that COVID-19 is affecting all of our lives right now. But there will be a time when the world will be more open again, with a different “normal,” with a new perspective on hope, security, and encouragement. We need to remember, there will not be rainbows without a storm. You’d better get prepared to start right away. I can recommend this place, this school, and supporting Nepal Orphans Home by going with Volunteer Nepal — these people deserve your support! Please go there and enjoy the magic of this place! My time there was an experience of a lifetime and I can't wait to go back again!

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been connected with NOH for nearly five years now -- working on the ground at the organization and more recently serving as a Board member. I am proud of NOH for a myriad of reasons, including 1) NOH's unrelenting commitment to its mission of helping ensure the growth and happiness of orphaned or abandoned children in Nepal, 2) the organization's dedicated and experienced leadership, and 3) the oversight and support from the NOH board. I encourage anyone interested in learning more about NOH to read the online magazines that are published on our website with stories/essays written by our children -- truly inspirational! And now, it is truly amazing to see that some of NOH's older children are now in university -- NOH is committed to the welfare of our children well into adulthood as we help the older cohort navigate college and careers.

5 Anne McC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi! I volunteered at Nepal Orphans Home with my family when I was 13 years old and it was an amazing experience. We organized activities such as a movie night and a book talk and the best part was just hanging out and getting to know the kids during their free time. They were so friendly and fun and made me feel like I was part of their family. Our family also got to go on a trek in the Annapurnas while we were there, which was amazing (especially seeing the sunrise from Poon Hill). When we got to back to Kathmandu I volunteered at a baby orphanage and at a home for blind children, two outreach programs supported by NOH. Since then I've been doing fundraisers with my friends in California to raise funds and awareness for NOH and its make-a-wish program at a children's hospital in Kathmandu. I hope I can bring some of my friends to NOH and volunteer together soon.

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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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2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working at Chelsea Education and Community Center since 2017. It's a privilege to guide the kids here. The environment that NOH has created for these children is commendable. The values that the hostel wardens and the staffs have imparted in these children might serve as an example for the other orphanages and child care center. These children might have unpleasant backstories but it will not stop them for creating an excellent future for themselves.

3 Manon P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited NOH for the first time in 2011. I was barely 20 and had just lost my mother.
Meeting the children, staff and Papa was an absolute transformative, healing and empowering experience. I have been going back ever since! I am lucky enough to have seen the children grow over the years, some into adults! The great care and love the children experience there is unbelievable.
On top of receiving support, a safe home and quality education, they get to develop their creativity or find their passion, may it be tae kwon do or arts, it will happen!

Going there you get to learn about the country, the culture, you can push (and find!) your limits in a safe environment. You will be guided by qualified, friendly locals. Wether you want to stay in the valley or join a placement in a more remote area, NOH will take you there ! You will do good and you will receive A LOT in return. I know I have. NOH is my family and I feel so lucky to have crossed their paths.

You also get to meet people from all over the world, of every horizon so you don't just get to learn about Nepal..But about the world in general too !


3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year, as a 15 year old high school student, I visited Nepal for the first time as a volunteer for Nepal Orphans Home. I spent two weeks volunteering with the children and at many of Nepal Orphans Home’s outreach programs. I hosted a knitting workshop, a bingo night, a book talk, and spent many afternoons just hanging out with the NOH kids. I had such a fun time connecting with the children and have created friendships that I hope will last a lifetime. Volunteering at Nepal Orphans Home was one of the best experiences of my life and I would recommend it to anyone interested in making a difference.

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4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first volunteered with Nepal Orphans Home in 2011 while I was in high school. Being immersed in a culture completely different from my own seemed a little overwhelming at first, but I was immediately met with smiling, friendly faces from Nepal Orphans Home. During my three week visit, I was able to connect with the children of NOH, helping them with their homework, dancing, playing games, and creating friendships that would last longer than I could have imagined. I also had the opportunity to visit many of their outreach programs within the Kathmandu Valley, such as visiting a baby orphanage and bringing fruit and presents to a children's hospital. I have returned to Nepal four additional times to volunteer with this Orphanage, and each time I create more memories and make more connections. Visiting Nepal is always the highlight of my year and I cannot wait until I am able to visit again. The people of Nepal and the beauty of the country make every visit extremely memorable.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been visiting Volunteer Nepal/Nepal Orphans Home (VN/NOH) annually since 2011. I am very impressed with the organization's commitment to the Nepali people and their compassionate staff. The staff of Volunteer Nepal is professional, knowledgeable, and understands the needs of an international volunteer. There are many placements to choose from that can be tailored to your interests/skills. A bonus to volunteering with VN/NOH is the opportunity to spend time with the children of NOH. The children are very welcoming and excited to get to know the volunteers. They are such happy, well-adjusted children despite having had tough childhoods. It has been a pleasure watching them grow up over the years and to spend a part of each April with them. I recommend this organization to anyone wanting to make a difference in the lives of children in Nepal. I have gotten so much out of volunteering there.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Nepali-American, it has been an extremely gratifying experience for me and my family to be involved with NOH and to give back to the community. Since our involvement in 2016, my wife and i have helped organize workshops for the students and mentored the teachers at the Chelsea Center. My daughters, likewise, have helped set up the library and assisted with the conversational English classes for the women of Dhapasi. Our annual trips back to Nepal have taken a very special meaning. We continue to look forward to being back with family; now we are equally excited to be back in Dhapasi and spend time with the children and the other volunteers of NOH. There are many charitable organizations that operate in Nepal but very few that are as purposeful, impactful, and efficient as NOH. We look forward to being back again...as soon as travel resumes after COVID.

3

Board Member

Rating: 4

The best experience of my life was visiting NOH in 2016 for a week for volunteering. After that I became a part of NOH.

The NOH kids get personalized attention and care. Each child feels himself/herself important because of the way he/she is being treated and raised. Mike Hess, the founder has a personal bonding with the kids and with the staff members as well. The Chelsea center is helping a lot to the community women and they enjoy coming there everyday. I also had the privilege to teach in Chelsea center in Feb '20 as a volunteer that was a memorable experience in my life which I wish to continue visiting more often.

I wish all the success in the noble initiative that Mike erected and was moved forward by Peter, Carola, Boo, Liz , Ann and many more who brought NOH to this height.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had such a great time volunteering with volunteer Nepal! I can only give my best recommendations. The people are so nice and welcoming and very friendly. You get the chance to go to a lot of difference places to be with children in every age. And they make it very easy for you. I will definitely come back and volunteer again.

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5 Tanya N.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NOH is not just a non-profit, it truly functions like a family. A family that cares, protects, supports, and strives for growth. NOH supports Papa's House (a children's home) and also runs a volunteering program. I have had the opportunity to meet all the volunteers that have come to Nepal in the past six months, and have also been working with the children of Papa's House.

The stories, about people, I have heard during my time at Papa's House have been deeply inspiring. I have met young girls that were rescued from indentured slavery, met children that were abandoned at birth, and children that were separated from their families. Despite the seriousness of their back stories, when you meet the children of Papa's House, you will always feel warmth and positivity radiating from them. It is amazing what NOH does to ensure that the children keep smiling, receive good education, and are well-supported to lead meaningful lives in the future.

The volunteers that come to Nepal through NOH are also wonderful. I live at the volunteer house and so have had the chance to meet volunteers from all over the world, from diverse backgrounds, with a common desire to add value to society. It is interesting to see that there is no general description of a volunteer, a volunteer could be high school student, an experienced educator, or someone that has worked in corporates their entire life. All the volunteers have amazing stories to share and become a part of the NOH family once they come to Nepal.

NOH creates positive impact through Papa's House and the volunteering program in the lives of many Nepali people and children. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with people who genuinely care about making an impact and mindfully reflect to ensure that their actions have the best consequences.

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5 Ilona H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization! Volunteered as a doctor for 2 months at a smaller community hospital and a rural health post. Everything ran smoothly and got a warm welcome!

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4

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.

5

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!

5

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!

5

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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4

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.

4

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.

3

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.

4 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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4 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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4 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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3

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.

2

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.

3

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.

2

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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2 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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3 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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2 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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2 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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1 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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4

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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2 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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2

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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1 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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1 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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1 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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3

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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2

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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1

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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1

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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4 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.

3

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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3

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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3

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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3

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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