We believe the best way to empower communities is through giving them the tools to help themselves. Working closely with local community organizations, we provide scholarships to rural children, help fund essential medical care and engage in sustainable rural development projects.
Nearly 2 out of 3 Nepalese children do not finish primary school. The majority are needed by their parents at home in order to look after the fields or their younger siblings.
See Change has awarded over 50 students with scholarships in the last year, making it possible for more children to finish school.
With limited local budgets, it is not surprising that building facilities are not a top priority in rural Nepal. Many school buildings lack basic facilities like water tanks, stationery, and desks.
See Change has provided everything from laptops for free computer classes to water tanks to provide safe drinking water access.
90% of Nepal's doctors are located in urban cities while 80% of Nepal's population lives in rural areas. We help kids get treatment - from providing a heart valve transplant to basic vaccinations.
See Change works closely with local leaders to locate children who need medical help.
Situated between India and Tibet, Nepal is enormously rich in its biodiversity, culture and local communities. Roughly the size of New York state, it has over 93 recognised languages and is home to 8 out of 10 of the worlds tallest mountains. From Rhinoceroses in the plains of the south to Snow Leopards in the mountains of the north, Nepal is a country of extreme contrast.
With all of its natural resources and history, Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world where nearly 2 out of 3 children do not complete their education. Nearly 80 percent of Nepal's population lives in the rural landscape surviving through subsistence farming. According to a study released in 2011, over 1/3rd of the population lives on less than $0.50 USD per day.
Despite their hardships, the Nepali people are some of the most warm hearted, resilient and happy people in the world. Examples can be found throughout the country where communities help to harvest each others crops and groups of school children walk each other across treacherous terrain after school.
Did you know? Nepali people greet each other with the words Namaste while holding the hands together? Namaste translates literally to "I bow to you," while spiritually it means "I salute the god in you."
“In September 2010, I left a generously paid job with an Investment Bank in Singapore. Donating my possessions until they fit into a hiking backpack, I departed to Nepal in hopes to find a way to give back to the world.
I went from one of the world's most expensive and rich cities to a small village in the Annapurna mountains where power outages were a daily event and people happily lived off the land - from growing their own food, to cutting grass for their buffalo, to bathing in local streams.
Touched by their generosity and happiness while having so little, I began helping donate school supplies which turned into building school rooms, a computer lab, and even funding a heart valve transplant for an 8-year-old boy.
See Change Foundation was born out of the current landscape of charitable giving where transparency, altruism and communication are far too often lacking.
The core beliefs of our team and donors are that helping others is a responsibility of everyone on the planet, and it must be done without the desire for personal gain or recognition. We aren't just in it for the kids either; we love to show others how little it takes to do a lot.
See Change Founder and Volunteer
We believe that all donations should be given to the people who need the money most, so we do not employ any international staff. Our team are a close-knit group of volunteers, community leaders, school headmasters and hospital staff.