Nepal Orphans Home

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About Us

We are a 501(c)(3) charity based in Davidson, North Carolina, with operations in Nepal. Nepal Orphans Home (NOH) attends to the welfare of children in Nepal who are orphaned, abandoned, or not supported by their parents. 

Now in its eleventh year, Nepal Orphans Home operates four homes (Papa's Houses) for 130 children in Dhapasi, a community in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Over half of Papa's House children are former Kamlari girls, rescued from indentured servitude. 

Papa's House provides for the children's basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing, as well as their education and health care, and administers to their emotional needs with love and compassion. Papa's House allows children to grow up in a nurturing environment. The mission of Nepal Orphans Home is not just to rescue children from abject poverty, but to enable the children to develop and realize their potentials.

When children arrive at Papa’s House, NOH commits to providing for their shelter, nutrition, education and health care until they reach adulthood and are ready to live independently in Nepali society. In 2016, twenty four of our older children were attending college, after earning their School Leaving Certificates by completing tenth grade and passing a comprehensive exam. Two were attending university. In the next four years we will have over fifty children finish high school.

In 2013 NOH established the Chelsea Education Center (CEC) with a Sustainable Livelihoods Program to provide both vocational and life skills training. After-school classes were offered in tailoring, cell phone repair, computer hardware and software programming, hair styling, motorcycle repair, and music (voice, keyboard, and guitar), cooking, and shoe-making.

In 2014 the Chelsea Center shifted the emphasis to mathematics and computer, with the intent of supplementing school instruction in these areas. The shoe-making class continued to be successful, producing shoes, not only for our children, but also filling outside orders. Several of our older girls from the tailoring class completed their formal education and concentrated on developing their sewing and clothes-making skills.  

In 2015, the Chelsea Education Center became the Chelsea Education and Community Center (CECC) with the offering of literacy classes to local women, primarily the mothers of children who attended Skylark School. Over 200 women now attend free classes in English, Nepali, computer, and mathematics. 

Accompanying the growth of Papa’s House has been our affiliate Volunteer Nepal, increasing from a handful of volunteers in 2006 to annually more than 100 individuals from across the world. In 2015, 124 individuals, representing eighteen countries volunteered. The top four home countries in 2015 were the United States (36%), Australia (30%), United Kingdom (8%) and Canada (7%).  

Volunteer Nepal was established to provide important services to the Nepali people such as: introducing healthier and more environmentally sustainable briquette ovens to the villagers of Dumrikharka, teaching classes throughout Nepal, assisting in medical clinics, helping out in other nongovernmental organizations, offering yoga classes and music instruction, leading writing workshops, and tutoring Papa’s House children. 

Volunteer Nepal advances the NOH mission with talented, compassionate individuals serving in numerous capacities for the poor in Nepal. Moreover, the income from volunteer fees significantly contributes to the operation of Papa's House.

As part of its mission, Nepal Orphans Home has long supported other local charities. With the earthquakes in 2015, the need to help others less fortunate dramatically increased. As noted, Nepal Orphans Home set up the NOH Earthquake Relief Fund for both short term humanitarian assistance and longer run reconstruction and development.

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