Give a helping hand with Himalayan Foundation Nepal
Directed by local pastor David Prasain, this community project is located in the city of Kathmandu, with branches in the surrounding smaller towns of Pokhara, Chitawn and Hetaudah.
David writes: "The aim of the project is to reach everyone with the love of Christ, and through that lens we have many opportunities in social work. Volunteers can help in the orphanage with children who have no family or whose family is unable to care for them. There are also opportunities in women’s ministry, church planting, teaching English in Nepali schools, reaching out to street children, and spreading awareness of HIV-AIDS.We offer a cultural exchange program where individuals can come for an intensive language training, then stay with a Nepali family and participate in village life and experience the local culture.We have an administration volunteer programme in which volunteers work in general office administration reviewing and editing documents and websites, assisting in the production of a monthly newsletter, and helping with communication projects."
There are also opportunities for volunteers to help with construction and rebuilding work, including a project in 2018 to construct a new orphanage.
Accommodation can be arranged with local Nepali families or at a house specifically for volunteers located near the mission project. Each volunteer will have their own bed but may have to share a room with other volunteers. Food and accommodation will be provided at a cost of $350 per month, payable in advance.
Christianity is very much a minority faith in Nepal and there are no mainstream churches found anywhere in Nepal as of yet. Christian churches are small and meet in the homes of individuals or in small buildings. Participation in worship and prayer is not obligatory but volunteers should be sympathetic to the Christian faith.
There is no malaria in Kathmandu but in monsoon time in plain areas of Nepal a volunteer would need malaria medicine.
Good internet access is available at the orphanage and there are internet cafes around the city.
Kathmandu is rich in cultural history. Sightseeing would be done at weekends and funded by the volunteers themselves.
A recent volunteer writes: "David Prasain and his wife Mariyah are very generous people and they are working very hard to provide for the children and they´re doing it with a smile on their face. I think of the experience every day and it has changed me in an extremely positive way as my understanding for poverty and charity has been broadened to an extent of which only few things are capable of doing."
The approximate cost of air fares, insurance, visas, food & accommodation, vaccinations and the administration fee is £2000 for one month, £2500 for three months.