Vision

Reaching out Children

The purpose of Nepali Children Foundation is to give children, coming from financially deprived families, a chance to study and better their lives. The foundation will provide assistance for these kids in various ways: offer them a place to stay, provide healthy meals and enabling them to attend primary and secondary school. During their school years, from the age of 4 to 16, children will not have to worry about three square meal or any other pressure that may effect them negatively in their personal growth. Growing up in a distress free environment and having enough time to concentrate on studies kids would be able to focus more towards their future goal. It is hoped that these children, after completing school, would be able to learn a profession or go to university for further studies. In return children will help out in different light choruses as a part of learning self help scheme, which will also help them to become independent in the long run. Nepali Children Foundation expects no financial contribution in anyways from these kids or their families. The foundation, however, may request parents to offer some physical help while upgrading foundation’s infrastructures and vice versa.

Basic Assumptions of NCF

Social structure – social network

All activities of Nepali Children Foundation started originally at Madanpur, a small village 35 kilometers out of Kathmandu. Most inhabitants are self supporting farmers. The harvest is enough to feed their families. The villagers have a basic lifestyle, spend most of their lives in Madanpur in close knit of social structures which, is true for most villages in Nepal. The Nepali way of living and working is central to the ideas of Nepali Children Foundation. Nepalis follow the traditional ways of living, live in close knit of social structures, helping each other whenever and wherever possible. Ram Prashad Sedhain grew up in Madanpur. He attended primary school there and knows a lot of people. Using his contacts he will enlist villagers of Madanpur to build and maintain the Nepali Children Foundation. The organisation believes that it will benefit the villagers as well. It intends to help residents by: • helping parents in taking care of their kids • helping in cooking meals • maintaining the Nepali Children Guest house • gardening and producing food/vegetables for the Nepali Children Guest house • working as porters during trekkings • promoting Nepali Children Foundation at travel agencies and hotels in Kathmandu In exchange for their help, they can leave their children at our home, or get paid.

Self supporting

The main idea is to help Nepali Children foundation to get started with financial aid from The Netherlands. Once it is operating, Nepali Children foundation should be able to continue without the financial backing from The Netherlands. The consequence is there will have to be some means to generate income. Even without the help form the initiators, the foundation should continue on its own.

Self supporting means:

  • Having a vegetable garden for growing the food we need
  • Keeping farming animals for milk
  • Running a homestay for tourists (in return for money)
  • Provide trekking for tourists
  • Selling handycrafts (www.NepalWebshop.com)
  • Managing an organic coffee farm

In the near future, Nepali Children foundation will extend its activities with:

  • An organic fruits farm

Social trade - permanent team of staff

The basic idea is having a permanent group of people from Madanpur acting as the staff where everyone has a specific role. In exchange for the staff’s labour, they receive in return what they need for their daily lives. Effectively it reduces their worries and enhances the stability of their family live. We expect them to be able to care of all their children in the future The staff will permanently inhabit Nepali Children home helping out the villagers who participate in the project. They would act also as hosts for the visiting tourists, cooking meals, in fact managing the day to day operations of Nepali Children. Thus they are responsible for the continuation of Nepali Children foundation. Using the individual capabilities of each member is the basic idea behind all this. For example marketing Nepali Children in Kathmandu with travel agencies and hotels to attract tourist suits one person. While another person is better at maintaining crops in the field or cooking meals. Parents of children in Nepali Children can participate in similar ways.

Financial independence

Interest rate in Nepal are absurdly high. The poorer you are the less faith the banks have in you. Getting a loan to invest is almost impossible for Nepali. The amount of interest is based on the trustworthiness of the person in the viewpoint of the bank! That means the poorer you are the higher the interest rates. Interest rates of 25% are not unusual! The consequence is Nepali Children foundation will start without any loan.

Vision of NCF: Sustainability and Altruism

Sustainability

Nepali Children foundation operates with sustainability in mind. Most people only think about environmental sustainability, but sustainability means a lot more:

  • social sustainability: is the sustainability in any kind of relations. You can always depend on each other. A close knit community is the basis to survive hard times, but also enables personal development and development of the community as a whole.
  • financial sustainability: is a financial healthy system. This means everyone can meet their financial needs without the need for any external financial sources (loans).
  • ecological sustainability: using natural resources optimally, without the use of chemicals and with as little as possible. This means a vegetarian way of life using biological produce from local crops.
  • health: Sickness will be dealt with using the knowledge of the people using herbs and complementary health care as much as possible.

Altruism

No living creature (like myself) wants to suffer, but instead strives for happiness. But what is happiness? I experience happiness when I try to help other people or animals no matter if they are friend or foe. Only pursuing once own happiness without regard for anybody else, will not be satisfying on the long run. In one word: compassion, unconditionally without regard for your own profit. In doing so you have an eye for the well-being for everyone and everything. Your actions are geared towards mutual trust and cooperation and not for maximizing your own benefits

The core of altruism is to strive for the well-being of others (man and animal) without regard for your own benefit. The essential part of altruism is to think about the well being of all livings on earth without thinking about your own profits. This means you pay attention to animals, the natural environment, living circumstances, humans, religion and processes of fabrication.

World is an holistic system you can only change by altruism.