Below you will find details of the projects we are currently working on.
For details of projects and activities that we have already successfully delivered, please see this page.
Project: Sponsored Volunteer Trek Projects (VTPs)
Duration: 2016 - Ongoing
Location: Baglung, Kaski and Sindhupalchok Districts
Every year, NERF and local ethical trekking company Into The Wild Adventure Travels, take an intrepid group of international volunteers / trekkers to remote communities in the Himalayas. Here they can absorb the traditional culture, observe the local wildlife and volunteer for 2 days on projects for which they themselves have fund-raised. Following the project work, expert guides lead the group on a five day trek through the Himalayan foothills.
To date, NERF’s volunteer trekkers have raised over £20,000, which has paid to build male and female changing rooms, 4 new water tanks, and to renovate existing water sources - connecting villages over distances of 5 km with freshwater through high-quality, long-lasting water pipes.
If you are interested in joining a future NERF trekking adventure, you can find more details here.
May 2019 Update: Into the Wild and NERF are travelling across Nepal to provide live updates from the field. We will be visiting and working with:
Baglung District & November 2019 partner, Nepal Gaja Development Foundation, (NGDF)
Sindhupalchok District & April 2020 local community partners in Bugam Village
Kaski District & potential new partner Pahar Trust Nepal, (Pokhara & Annapurna - Dates TBC)
Look out for more exciting news, media and unique selling points from the field…
Project: Shoes for School
Duration: June 2017 - Ongoing
Location: Golchi Village, Bhara-Bise Rural Municipality, Sindhupalchok District
NERF has provided funding for shoes and socks for every registered student of a rural mountain school in Sindhupalchok.
Many of these children are from impoverished families who aren't able to afford the luxury of new shoes and as a result are often forced to provide old, damaged footwear for their children, or even send them to school barefoot.
Shoes for School has two phases: NERF will provide another new pair of shoes to each that registers for school every year. In addition, NERF is rewarding the top girls and boys for highest attendance and highest academic achievement with art materials as prizes to help nourish their creativity.
Receiving a request from the community NERF has also provided cold creams. These help in the winter months when many young students suffer from dry and irritated skin conditions, sometimes leading to permanent damage, due to the cold climate and high altitude.
May 2019 Update: The NERF team in-country will be visiting Golchi in the following weeks. The itinerary includes meetings with the women’s group, school teachers and community leaders to conduct PMEAL & plan for the 4th distribution in Golchi.
Project: Phase II Psycho-Social Support Program (PSSP)
Date: Summer 2019 - Spring 2020
Location: Kathmandu & Lalitpur Metropolitan Cities, Bhaktapur Municipality & 8 Districts
Districts: Dhading, Dolakha, Gorkha, Kavre, Nuwakot, Makwanpur, Sindhuli, Sindhupalchok
Following the successful and well received completion of the PSSP Phase I, NERF and BYAN are currently conducting the Program Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning, (PMEAL) prior to the commencement of Phase II.
Phase II will include further psycho-social counselling sessions delivered to blind and partially sighted students in 15 government BPS hostels across Nepal. This will be adapted on the basis of the PMEAL findings and assessments made during from Phase I.
May 2019 Update: The PSSP will be expanded to deliver educational materials and continued psycho-social counselling, as well as menstrual health components and physical awareness / skill training. This is a multi-phase operation, with funding secured for this phase. Roughly £10,000 has been earmarked to provide educational materials, circus-skills training psycho-social counselling. However, we are hoping to build it bigger and better, potentially with the right funding and partners, we can take it nationwide.
Project: Menstrual Health Program, (MHP)
Date: March 2016 - Ongoing
Location: Kathmandu & Lalitpur Metropolitan Cities, Kaski, Okhuldhunga & Sindupalchok Districts
In partnership with Mooncup UK, NERF has grown the MHP from a few volunteers to a program that is now training other NGO staff in delivering Menstrual Health sessions. We’re currently supporting two Program Coordinators who are working on recruiting more volunteers and reaching out to new partners to find the most in need beneficiaries and run continued awareness workshops, orientations and distributions.
Mooncup UK provide women and girls in Nepal an eco-friendly and safe option during their menstrual cycles. Challenges associated with menstruation cycles can be a cause of school absence, as well as a financial burden.
January 2019 Update: Together with a PhD student from the UK NERF has piloted a ‘Cook, Eat, Learn’ style session. Cooking together to create a hospitable and safe environment to prompt conversations around cooking, women’s experiences and health.
May 2019 Update: NERF is currently working with partners to develop a ‘Master Training of Trainers’ session, aimed at capacity building partner organisations to design and deliver their own MHPs and distributions of menstrual cups.This will initially be aimed at working with Persons with Disability, (PwD) groups facing a variety of challenges in 8 districts from East to West Nepal.