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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

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3 Leah18

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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

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1 Tamara S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered there last summer and I had the best time ever! I can't wait to come back again and again and again like I know so many of the volunteers have. It's a relatively loose and not-so-professional approach to volunteerism since it's such a small organization, but it works out (at least for me) so, so well! Depending on the duration of your stay, the impact the volunteering has varies I feel. It's definitely not null if you are just a short visitor, but I think you can make the most impact by laying out a summer or a few months of free time and just assimilating into the beautiful culture here. We can really get that because of how insanely genuine this program is.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for 3 months with Nepal Orphans Home (NOH) and Volunteer Nepal (VN) doing different things in different locations. I volunteered in rural, pre-himalayan Nepal teaching English and helping at a rural health post, and at orphanages in Kathmandu. The whole experience was incredible and definitely this organization and the staff working for it are amazing. You have plenty of volunteer options to choose from. I totally recommend NOH and VN for your volunteer experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent five months volunteering with NOH in 2009. The director, Michael Hess, and all of the support staff are amazing in every way. Michael truly loves every single child in his care; even if I had just stayed at Papa's House and worked with the children there, my time in Nepal would be just as meaningful. There was plenty of communication before I arrived, so much support for my choices while I was in the country, and continued updates after I left. After looking at all of my options and having questions answered by staff and other volunteers, I chose where to work. I was able to travel to four different placements, as well as stay in Kathmandu for a month, to volunteer in various schools and hospitals. I gave my all at most of my placements as an English teacher and tutor. Working with NOH changed my life, and if you choose to volunteer with them, I have no doubts it will change yours. I have high hopes to return in the future.