A list of some of our favorite local and international funds (NGOs + INGOs) that we either support directly or recommend to others. Some provide volunteer opportunities.
If you would rather make a general contribution to The Kamzang Fund or sponsor a child through The Kamzang Fund instead of supporting or volunteering with one of the listed below, we will assure that 100% of your donations go to good causes!
Namaste - Tashi Delek - Thank You!
A Dolpo based, locally organized, NGO with the aim to rebuild the school in Chharka (Tsarka), Upper Dolpo
DROKPA is a non-profit organization that partners with pastoral communities in the Himalaya and Central Asia to implement grassroots development and catalyze social entrepreneurship using appropriate tools and replicable strategies. (read Ken Bauer's 'High Frontiers' ...)
Aim: 'A society free From trafficking of children & women' founded by Anuradha Koirala, voted CNN Hero of the Year in 2010.
EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER NEPAL (ECDC)
Freedom for every inmate's child. Founded by Pushpa Basnet, CNN's 2012 'Hero of the Year' award winner.
' The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) in Kathmandu, Nepal was founded in 2005 by Pushpa Basnet, a young Nepali woman who studied at Kathmandu University. ECDC coordinates with jail administrators to rescue children from jail cells throughout urban and rural areas of Nepal. The children receive regular medical check-ups, vaccinations, and are enrolled in a local private school. Children have regular visitation with their mothers including during the holidays.'
'Asha Nepal is a human rights organisation working towards the social and economic empowerment of women and children affected by sex trafficking. Asha is the Nepali word for hope. Hundreds of thousands of women and children in Nepal suffer daily from extreme human rights abuses – sex trafficking, sexual and physical abuse, child labour, and discrimination due to gender, caste and HIV/Aids. We are fighting for women's social status to be raised, to help victims break free from this vicious, violent circle.'
MERO GAON PROJECT
Mero Gaon – My Village, is a project of Ripa Sidhi Sangathan in partnership with Ripaladrang Foundation, founded by Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche.
Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche was present in Kathmandu when the massive earthquake hit Nepal On April 25th 2015, when a earthquake of magnitude 7.8 followed by 7.4 Richter scale devastated the lives and physical infrastructure of Nepal. He and his family along with the monks of Ripa organization rushed to help in anyway they could in reaching out to the people with basic supplies as well and prayers. He toured the destruction and talked to many people offering not only material help like tarpoline and rice bags, but offered his prayers for the families who lost loved ones. This inspired him to help further by adopting a village and rebuilding it fully by providing basic shelter. Mero Gaon thus was started and its first adopted village is ‘Kulay’.
'just-one strives to actively promote and facilitate educational opportunities for disadvantaged and marginalized children in Nepal by working at a grass-roots level with the children, their families and their communities to implement a range of carefully developed, culturally sensitive, sustainable initiatives.'
'The dZi Foundation partners with underserved communities in remote regions of the Himalaya to build sustainable locally-driven programs that improve quality of life through advancing education and health while reducing poverty. Welcome to the dZi Foundation.'
BODHI TREE FOUNDATION
Delivering health in the Himalaya. 'Our mission is to support and promote community-based activities that focus on maternal and child health in the remote Himalayas of Humla, Nepal.'
The mission of Teach for Nepal is to extend access to quality education to all children in Nepal by training outstanding university graduates and young professionals to become effective teachers and life-long leaders. As a part of TFN Fellowship, these young leaders live and work in rural communities for two years.
An education empowers girls to become future leaders in their communities, serving as role models and mentors to others girls – this is one of the most powerful catalysts for positive social change we have. A girls voice tells the real story – with the impact on their families and communities being a personal journey of discovery as varied as the girls we support.
Currently, our work focuses in Nepal – a country with tremendous cultural wealth and natural beauty but insufficient resources to provide basic education and primary health care to its citizens, particularly girls and women in rural communities.
HOUSE WITH A HEART
'Ghar Sita Mutu, or House with a Heart, is a charity that provides a home for abandoned children, a training center for destitute women, and an outreach program for needy families in Kathmandu, Nepal.'
DISABLED SERVICE ASSOCIATION NEPAL
'Our mission is to support and take care of children with disabilities, generate public awareness about their needs and rights, and work to remove existing social barriers that are discriminatory and prejudicial to their living a productive and dignified life. We hope to inculcate in them self-belief and 'We Can' attitude.'
KIDS OF KATHMANDU
'Give a gift to last a lifetime. Donate'. This INGO does all sorts of amazing things for the kids of Kathmandu, from education to health. Do take a browse through their beautifully crafted website.
NEPAL YOUTH FOUNDATION
The innovative Indentured Daughters Program rescues girls who were sold into virtual slavery.
THE UMBRELLA FOUNDATION
'Working to alleviate the impact of trafficking, poverty and war on children and their families in Nepal. Established in 2005 in response to the growing number of illegal ‘orphanages’ neglecting children’s most basic rights – food, education, safe shelter, healthcare and love – we are a family-first, children’s charity which rescues vulnerable children and reintegrates them with their families and rural communities. When this is not possible, we support them in our homes until such a time as they can stand on their own two feet. As a responsible and ethical organisation, we work alongside the Child Welfare Board to prevent further trafficking and corrupt children’s homes from operating.'
'House of Friendship'. A home for mentally handicapped children of Nepal, run under the management of Buddha Jyoti Himalayan Youth Club Nepal.
HIMALAYAN CATARACT PROGRAM
Curing blindness in the Himalaya and around the world. '
The Himalayan Cataract Project’s top priority is to reach the greatest number of unserved blind people, with the highest quality care, at the lowest possible cost. It thrives on the enduring passion of its founding directors, Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Dr. Geoffrey Tabin, ophthalmologists who dedicate their lives to eradicating unnecessary blindness.'
BUILDERS WITHOUT BORDERS
'Builders Without Borders is an international network of ecological builders who advocate the use of straw, earth and other local, affordable materials in construction. We believe that the solution to homelessness is not merely housing, but individuals and communities trained to house themselves.'
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
'Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a private, international association. The association is made up mainly of doctors and health sector workers and is also open to all other professions which might help in achieving its aims. All of its members agree to honor the following principles:
MSF provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political convictions.
MSF observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and claims full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.
Members undertake to respect their professional code of ethics and maintain complete independence from all political, economic, or religious powers.
As volunteers, members understand the risks and dangers of the missions they carry out and make no claim for themselves or their assigns for any form of compensation other than that which the association might be able to afford them.'
ROOM TO READ
'We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. To achieve this goal, we focus on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. We work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.'
THE SIDDHARTHA SCHOOL PROJECT
'The Siddhartha School gives the children of Ladakh access to the highest-quality, thoroughly modern education in the region, while also honoring their life-ways and traditions in the curriculum and school activities. Children at the Siddhartha School learn four languages (English, Hindi, Tibetan and Ladakhi), computer skills, sciences, math, creative arts and social studies.
Unique in Ladakh, no child is denied admission to Siddhartha School on the basis of need.'
HEARING PROJECT NEPAL
The Nepal Hearing Project's primary focus is to provide a community health service whose purpose is to improve or restore hearing to the hearing impaired in Pokhara and its surroundings. The project is committed to providing free or low cost assistance to the children and adults with low or no income.
HEARING NEPAL PROGRAM
With the goal of developing a sustainable hearing program for the people in Nepal, they work in Kathmandu and in remote camps throughout Nepal ...
'Promoting change one village at a time'. Projects in Education, health & environment.
'Sir Edmund Hillary founded and led the Himalayan Trust from 1960 until his death in 2008. We follow in his footsteps. He received his first request for a school in Khumjung in 1960 and six months later he had built it and placed a Sherpa headmaster in charge. This set the pattern. Ed listened to requests from local people, consulted with them, then in partnership with them implemented the project. Every year Ed trekked for weeks or months in the areas of his aid work, evaluating what had been done and working for the future. This is the pattern we strive for alongside our Nepali friends and partner organisations.'
AMERICAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION
'The American Himalayan Foundation supports vital education, health care and cultural and environmental preservation throughout the Himalayan region.'
AUSTRALIAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION
'The Australian Himalayan Foundation is working to help the people of the Himalaya through improvements in education, health and conservation.'
SHANGRI LA HOME
Homeless children of Kathmandu ... one of many projects Lies Vink founded.
SHRINKING HORIZONS: THE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE
'Helping people help themselves.' Lots of great projects, based in Kathmandu, Nepal
WOMEN'S ALLIANCE OF LADAKH
'The Women’s Alliance of Ladakh was set up in 1991 with the twin goals of raising the status of rural women and to strengthen local culture and agriculture. Since its inception the WAL membership was swelled to over 5000 women belonging to over 100 villages from all areas of Ladakh.'
GADEN RELIEF PROJECTS
Volunteer to help with nuns and chomo gompas (nunnerys) in Ladakh & Zanskar, Indian Himalaya
'Changing Perceptions of Women's Potentials. An education project for Himalayan women.'
SNOW LEOPARD TRUST
The Snow Leopard Trust builds community partnerships by using sound science to determine priorities for protecting the endangered snow leopard:
• Understanding snow leopard behavior and habitat
• Listening to the community to identify needs
• Seeking resources for sustaining long-term programs
SNOW LEOPARD CONSERVANCY
'Dr. Rodney Jackson, Director of the Snow Leopard Conservancy, is widely considered the leading world expert on the snow leopard, having devoted over 30 years to researching and conserving this elusive cat in South and Central Asia. His 1980’s pioneering radio-tracking study of snow leopards in the Nepalese Himalaya led to a cover story in National Geographic. He has trained biologists across many of the snow leopard’s 12 range countries, although his real passion rests with helping local people co-exist with this elusive predator ... and the development of grass-roots interventions, including predator-proofed corrals, Himalayan Homestays and a suite of other economic incentives for transforming the snow leopard from a pest to a valuable asset in the eyes of local people.'
TAPRIZA CULTURAL SCHOOL
'The Tapriza NGO Switzerland supports the establishment and maintenance of a locally run school in the remote district Dolpo in northwestern Nepal. The school gives a Tibetan speaking minority of Nepal access to education and offers the possibility to learn their own language, history and culture side by side the national curriculum.'
TIBETAN CHILDREN'S VILLAGES
'The goal of TCV is to ensure that all Tibetan children under its care receive a sound education, a firm cultural identity and become self-reliant and contributing members of the Tibetan community and the world at large.'
FORGET ME NOT ORPHANAGE
'Forget Me Not works with partner organisations in Nepal, Uganda and India, on the ground with local knowledge and expertise to:
Protect & provide for children
Keep families together
Bring children home'
NEPALESE YOUTH OPPORTUNITY FOUNDATION
"We bring hope to impoverished Nepali children by providing what should be every child’s birthright:
Freedom Health Shelter & Education"
Students Educational & Cultural Movement of Ladakh
'A team of committed volunteers who make an annual month-long journey into the most remote regions of the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau to provide medical and humanitarian aid. They train local healthcare providers and meet the healthcare needs of those who live in these isolated mountain communities.'
Handcrafted products from Nepal. Beni enploys single mothers, abused women, men in jail & women from remote villages to hand-craft her amazing and colorful products. She also sends 20 women to school in Kathmandu and plans to open a school in her village. She also employs/helps 2o College girls with part-time work at her shops. Visit her shop at The Kathmandu Guest House, Northfield Mall & at HEED's Handicrafts (small road just before Hotel Marshyangdi on same side).
HIMALAYAN BUDDHIST SCHOOL MANALI
Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Center
Manali, Himachel Pradesh, India
LO MONTHANG COMMUNITY CENTER
Kamzang-sponsored Solar Project in Lo Monthang
(the Community Center sponsored by Room to Read & the American Himamlayan Foundation)
SIDDHARTHA KULU MOUNTAIN SCHOOL
PHUKTAL GOMPA SCHOOL
Zanskar, Indian Himalaya
Make a Difference ...
If you would like to help sponsor a child, donate to a program or contribute in any other way, contact Kim:
Namaste, Tashi Delek, Jullay & Thank You!