On the 10th of June, Namaste Community Foundation-Nepal (previously Namaste Children’s House), celebrated 17 successful years of establishment. We took multiple initiatives to support as many underprivileged children, needy women, and people of Nepal through our many projects: The Children’s Home, Educational Scholarship Program, Women’s Empowerment Program, Hearing Project Nepal, Entrepreneurship Development Project, School Support, and many other small-scale projects to create much happiness from sadness. Each project page shows the significant impacts of the individual project.
NCF-Nepal, through various programs, has tried to serve the community and the nation in the best way possible. Through the Children’s House, we have rescued a total of 106 children from different situations and have successfully reintegrated 80 of them back into society. Likewise, from the Educational Scholarship Program, we have supported 175 children in their education, and, to date, 160 have completed their high school. The Women’s Empowerment Program has already served over 205 single mothers living under the poverty level. The project offers these women 3-4 months full-time training for free, including all materials, legal aid, counseling, and motivational classes. It also supports these women with seed funding to start small entrepreneurship businesses with a high success rate to date.
Unlike other programs, our Hearing Project Nepal (2010-2016) offered free ear treatment to break the sound barriers for the Nepalese people. This project provided free checkups, medications, hearing aids, surgeries, counselling, and hearing awareness programs in our Lakeside-based clinic, including weekly camps in the rural areas of Nepal. During this time, we were able to serve over 20,000 patients.
In recent years, NCF-Nepal has extended its service towards other social projects such as clean drinking water and school reconstructions and improvements like playing equipment, library improvements, teacher support, etc. Some schools have already benefitted from this service, but there are still others on our waiting list. We are hopeful to be able to start the new improvements soon, depending upon the available resources.
While completing these projects, NCF-Nepal has efficiently managed to keep the administration costs to as low as 10-12% of the total project expenses. Oversight by the chairperson, along with proper Board guidelines, strict financial policies, and multitasking, has made this possible.