We are an independent UK-based charity operating in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal focused on providing medium to long-term recovery responses following the earthquake of 25 April 2015 and it's direct and indirect effects.

NERF's first funding was provided entirely by the first four trustees: Geraint, Alba, James and David. Gifts from an ever-widening circle of generous friends and family helped us progress and allowed our vision to get off the ground to where we are now. 

Meet the Trustees

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Geraint John
Geraint co-founded NERF to provide relief to the victims of the recent earthquakes. He is an ardent advocate for the provision of sustainable relief through accountable and transparent processes with the co-operation of regional partners that supply invaluable local insight. Geraint is a UK qualified lawyer who works internationally in human rights and development. He brings legal and policy-based knowledge and expertise to the board of NERF.

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Alba Gomez
Alba believes in the positive impact of development aid and the need for long term support to communities affected by humanitarian crises. She joined NERF to help the affected populations of Nepal in close cooperation with local partners & communities. Alba has an academic background in international studies and diplomacy and works in the development sector. She currently works in the development team of a think tank aiming to build coalitions for change and promote informed debate about Europe’s role in the world.

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David Morrall
David believes in altruism as the highest philosophy. His passion for international development combined with on-the-ground experience is the driving force behind his involvement with NERF. His work led him to Nepal where he developed and evaluated grass-roots micro-finance schemes in collaboration with BASE and the Shiva Foundation. He was in Nepal during the earthquake and couldn’t turn away from helping the most vulnerable and affected people, many of whom have become his friends and the proponents of community-led recovery efforts and future developments.

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James Tennet
James believes strongly in universal equality, and the shared innate human responsibility to assist those in need; a need that’s never so important as during natural disasters and the subsequent humanitarian crises. James first trekked Nepal in 2008 - igniting his ongoing love for mountains and outdoor adventure - and recalls fondly the welcoming kindness of the local people. James works for a charity that enables non-profits to be stronger and more effective through the provision of a global network for fundraising, resource mobilisation and philanthropy.

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Amanda Weisbaum
Amanda brings huge experience to the NERF Trustee Board. She has over 15 years senior management experience of humanitarian interventions in complex environments around the world. Her humanitarian work started in Bosnia-Herzegovina between 1996-98, working with both the Sarajevo Orphanage and then the OSCE. From there she went to work on-the-ground during first phase emergencies with Medecins sans Frontieres, Save the Children, War Child and ActionAid. In 2017 she was appointed as the MSF-UK Association International General Assembly Representative.


Friends of NERF

We'd like to mention this growing list of people who through their time and effort are helping us promote our vision, implement our programs and help us learn and grow from the grass-roots up.

 'Giving back is a key element to maintain peace and harmony in world. Some of us (Nepalese) were lucky enough that we not just survived but we were also safe and our home was intact, which is not the case for most of the earthquake affected people. Reaching them and helping them is a way to thanks for the second life I have got.'

'Giving back is a key element to maintain peace and harmony in world.
Some of us (Nepalese) were lucky enough that we not just survived but
we were also safe and our home was intact, which is not the case for
most of the earthquake affected people. Reaching them and helping them
is a way to thanks for the second life I have got.'

Yogina Shakya

An independent volunteer and young professional, we first met while we were working with BASE. Yogina fundraised and delivered relief in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, exemplifying the kind of person we're proud to know. She made the contacts and arrangements to get us to Gaathi, her forthright, intelligent advice and cultural insight has helped us all along the way. Her genuine personality and polite amusement at some of our Western concepts or approaches while dealing with things on the ground in Gaathi are a pleasure to be brought back on track by. We're looking forward to continue working with her in the future, especially as NERF keeps growing, we'll need all the like minded friends we can get!

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Beebal Singh Limbu

A trekking guide, independent volunteer, humanist and naturalist who also provided relief in aftermath of the earthquakes. His care for people and the environment sparked a mutual understanding with us very early on. His down to earth and community focussed approach is wonderful to work with. Connecting us with local community groups, providing local knowledge, as a guide, translator and all around 'Guru' you could ask for none finer. His assistance in arranging and facilitating our activities has been vital and we're planning a  charity trekking and culture program with him in late 2016. So if you want an experience that goes beyond just trekking and will support local industries, watch this space...

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Haley McHaffie

A teacher, technician, artist and advisory member. From initially a simple self-funded trip to Nepal, Haley arranged donations from Ark Academy, planned art activities, brought the materials and taught the lessons, (plus carried a lot of things up mountains). Upon return to the UK this led to an amazing fundraising event using her design skills to create the final pieces, photographs and exhibition space experience to raise £2000. From her private photographic works from Nepal she has donated nearly all the proceeds to NERF, covering the the costs herself. More art activities, events and exciting creative collaborations are in the pipeline.


Interested in getting involved!? Please just drop us an email at:
Info@NERFInternational.org
We're always interested in hearing from like minded individuals and organisations.