How I inspired on this work
I am from far western part of Nepal it is near the border of Tibet China and North India. That is the Mountain and Hilly reason of Nepal. I was born in poor and discriminated caste family. Therefore, I had faced so many social, cultural, economical problems since I born. I started to go to school when I was 7 Years old the school was quite far but I used to go to school with upper caste children and they just keep me away on the way as well as in the class too. It happened because caste system was very badly affected us at that time. When I was studying in class 7 My mum was died then I had got the problems from family because there were very old grandfather and old father and small brother only in my family. My big sister was already married. I had started to handle all the necessary work at the home and same time I had to go to school too. However, I had never tried to be back from these all circumstances. I had passed SLC and then my father sent me for college study. I had passed Intermediate too. It was in 1998. All things that I had done since starting, especially I want to give thank to My Grandfather. He gave me many more courage.
After Intermediate I had not any source to continue my further study, therefore I had started to work several places of India as a labor, IT technician helper and Security Guard. However, I was unable to earn money for my further study. Then 2000 AD I entered in Kathmandu. I was able to find small Job and continue my study so I had finished my Bachelors level study.
As I had mentioned above that I was growing through so many struggle from the beginning of my life. It created so many things in my mind. there were so many things to do in the life but I thought that it will good if I could able to do some things for the children who are passing through same things that I had passed. Therefore, I made a plan to do some things for the children who could help to change so many bad social cultures in the community and their areas.
I was not able to do alone but my wife who already did 8 years social work in the community with women and children as well as other development sectors. Therefore, she empowers and promises me to do with together. In 2006, we had registered Fresh Nepal.
History of Fresh Nepal
I am from the furthest north-western part of Nepal, close to the border of Tibet and North India. It is a very cliffy and steep mountain terrain, the beginning of the Himalayan mountains. I was born into a poor family from a discriminated lower caste. Due to the social disadvantages people face that come from lower castes, I have experienced many social, cultural and economical problems in my life. I started to go to school when I was 7 Years old and many of my classmates were from higher castes. On my long walk to school and in the class room I have been faced with discrimination from my peers. It happened because the injustice of the caste system at that time was very much accepted and an integrated part of the social life. When I was 15 my mother has passed away and suddenly I was faced with the situation that I had to take care of my old father and grandfather and my smaller brothers. My big sister was already married and had moved into the house of her husband. Even though I was overwhelmed with taking care of my whole family and going to school at the same time, I had no other choice as the oldest of the children to take on this responsibility. After I had passed the SLC my father sent me to study at college. In 1998 I had passed Intermediate College to. I have to thank my Grandfather from my heart because he gave me so much support and encouragement and without him I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I did and be where I am today.
After I completed Intermediate College I had no money to continue any further studies. This forced me to start generating my own income and brought me to India where I have worked several jobs as an IT technician helper and as a Security Guard. But unfortunately all the money I have earned was just enough to cover my living costs in India. Then in the year 2000 I went to Kathmandu in search for a better life and a future. I was able to find a small Job and due to the low living costs I was able to safe enough money to pay for my Bachelors level study.
During my Bachelors time I thought a lot about the many struggles that I’ve gone through as a teenager and I thought about all the other many children that are growing up in the rural areas of Nepal under the same difficult conditions. I felt the need to do something and help the underprivileged children from the poor areas so that they wouldn’t need to face the same challenges in their lives that I did. I particularly wanted to help those children who lost a father or mother or both parents and were suffering from poverty and lack of access to education.
At first I was not able to help the children all by myself but luckily I had help from my lovely wife Dhana, who already had 8 years of experience with social work in the communities with women and children as well as other development work. Together we made the decision in 2006 to establish and register the NGO Fresh Nepal.
We started the FRESH NEPAL Children Home with only one child living in one room together but with a vigorous determination of serving and helping as many children as possible. Within three months we had to move into a bigger place because we have already been taking care of twelve children in an apartment with three rooms. The children were recommended to us by different sectors of local government offices from various regions of the country. With the number of children growing bigger each month, it was a challenge for us to maintain the basic needs and requirements of the children. While taking care of 12 children, there was no any kind of financial or motivational assistance from any organization, neither private nor governmental. Dhana my wife and co-founder of the organization, invested what she had from the saving of her previous jobs to bear all the expenses of the children. Those were the hard times faced by FRESH NEPAL when it was economically unstable and yet had to fulfill all the daily basic needs and offer a proper education and schooling for the children. It is always believed that time lends its hand to the needy ones, and in 2007, this came true from a Canadian volunteer who helped in making the first official website for FRESH NEPAL. This website generated more and more awareness and interests among well-wishers from different parts of the world. This helped kind hearts to provide a continued assistance in many ways to FRESH NEPAL, generating between 4 and 6 helpful volunteers per year. To this day, this organization is able to run from the support of people with big hearts, volunteers, who are destined for the better future of the deprived children.
In 2009, a French woman came to FRESH NEPAL and contributed in finding donations by personally approaching various people and organizations. Initially she helped by sending volunteers, paying school expenses and sponsoring the expenses for two children annually. With the support of her French charity organization, we were able to find international volunteers to dedicate their valuable time in the development of the children. Due to the contact with international volunteers and studying at a private English speaking school, our children are now able to communicate well in English and learn new culture and different skills from each of the volunteers.
Since the earthquake in 2015 it became much more difficult for private, family-run NGOs to find international donors and funding. But we will keep on dedicating all our time and effort to give our children a successful and independent bright future. We are looking forward to keep on welcoming and working with volunteers from all around the world who are dedicated and ambitious to make a positive change in the lives of our children. Furthermore we are grateful for every kind-hearted donor who is helping and supporting us with a regular or one-off donation to provide a better future for the children of Nepal.
Principles and values of Fresh Nepal
Care, education and support of Fresh Nepal should be governed by the following principles and values:
Respect: For human rights, ethics, confidentiality, informed consent, privacy, and individual dignity should be maintained. Practices apply equally to poor and orphan children as to other individuals. Fighting discrimination, enhancing respect of individual autonomy and human dignity and pursuing informed consent are all relevant to orphans.
Equality: Affordable care of acceptable quality should be provided to all Children regardless of gender (men and women), age, race, ethnicity, and place of residence. More attention should be given to those groups of the Children that have more problems to access care: orphans, girls, street children, the uneducated and the poor.