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Further Education and Training for Youth (FEAT)

2016-10-31T23:35:48+10:00December 27th, 2011|

Keshari Date: 2009 ongoing Partner: Vinayak Shiksha Niketan (VSN) English Secondary School & Creative Learning Academy (CLA) School in Thimi, Seabird International (Higher Secondary) college in Thimi, Prisoners Assistance (PA) Nepal, Shree Pasang Chowk School, Tawal Objectives: To improve employment opportunities for young Nepali students involved in three NAFA supported projects: Prisoners [...]

Joint NRNA / NAFA project 2010

2016-10-31T23:36:18+10:00December 26th, 2011|

Project to build two classrooms in a remote school in Nepal New classrooms In September 2010 Non-Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA) and the Nepal Australia Friendship Association (NAFA) jointly funded ($5,000 from each Association) a project to build two classrooms for a school in the remote village of Tawal, Ri VDC, Dhading District, Nepal. [...]

Child Educational Sponsorship

2016-10-31T23:37:20+10:00December 24th, 2011|

Agreni Brief History: The child educational sponsorship program for Prisoners Assistance Nepal and Vinayak Shiksha Niketan English Secondary School Thimi commenced in 2003 with 11 children. The purpose was to help disadvantaged children receive a basic education to help break the poverty cycle. Since then we have reached our goal of sponsoring [...]

Water infrastructure Duscheni

2016-10-31T23:38:06+10:00November 20th, 2011|

Location: Dhading district, ( 1 day jeep drive & 1.5 day walk from the main roadhead town of Dhading) Date: August  2009 Partner: Hilly Region Development Club/ Duscheni  village committee Beneficiaries: Appx 100 households in Duscheni village Objective: To supply water piping and materials for tap stands to replace old and damaged water infrastructure [...]

Construct 3 school toilets Patale Okhaldunga

2016-11-01T17:51:50+10:00November 18th, 2011|

Location: Okhaldunga district, 3 days walk from Salleri village in the Lower Solu Khumbu Date:  July 2010 Partner: Shree Patale Lower Secondary School, Patale Beneficiaries: 200 students and teaching staff Objective: Construct 3 school toilets (girls, boys and staff) Details: There were no toilets at this school for over 200 children and school staff.  They were [...]

Construction of 2 Pre-school rooms Narjing

2016-11-01T17:52:16+10:00October 30th, 2011|

Two classrooms almost complete Location:  Lower Solu Khumbu, (Everest region) Date:  August 2011 Partner: Shree Sekar Sing Lower Secondary School, Narjing Objective:  Construction 2 Pre-school rooms Beneficiaries: 30 -40 pre- school children from 4 Wards in Garme VDC & 1 Ward in Nele VDC Details:  In 2011 the village applied to NAFA for [...]

School toilets and reroofing classrooms Shyama

2016-11-01T17:52:52+10:00October 30th, 2011|

Location:  Ramechap district (one day walk from Jiri village roadhead) Date:  January 2011 Partner:  Shree Setidebi Primary School, Shyama -7 Bhirkharka, Dolakha Beneficiaries: 225 students and teaching staff Objective: Construction of school toilets and reroofing of existing school building Details: This school had old unusable toilets and the students were using the nearby bush [...]

Cement classroom floors Kutal Dhading

2016-11-01T17:53:17+10:00October 30th, 2011|

Cementing classroom floors Location:  Dhading district, ( 1 day jeep drive and half day walk from Kathmandu) Date:  July 2010 Partner: Hilly Region Development Club/Shree Buddha Primary School, Kutal Beneficiaries: 120 Students Objective: Sealing classroom floors with cement Details: School visited by NAFA members in January 2010, who noted the need to cement floors to reduce the [...]

Classroom skylights, whiteboards and library books Kophu lower Solu Khumbu

2016-11-01T17:53:42+10:00October 28th, 2011|

Inside the classroom Skylights for the classrooms Location: Lower Solu Khumbu, 2 day walk from the airport village of Phaplu Date: March 2010 Partner: Shree Rampur Lower Secondary School, Kophu Beneficiaries: 250 students Objective: Provide skylights and whiteboards for 6 classrooms and Room to Read books for the library Details:  NAFA [...]

Water infrastructure for a school Nayagau Kavre

2016-11-01T17:54:08+10:00October 28th, 2011|

Bringing water to the school Location: Kavre district (next district east of Kathmandu valley) Date:  July 2010 Partner: Shree Deupur Primary School, Nayagau Beneficiaries: 200 students and teachers Objective:  Water infrastructure project to bring water from a higher spring to a tap stand in the school which at present has no water. [...]

Refit 4 classrooms Lumsa

2016-11-01T17:54:34+10:00October 19th, 2011|

Location: Lower Solu Khumbu, 3 day walk from airport village of Phaplu Date: March 2010 Partner: Champa Devi New Lumsa Primary School Beneficiaries: 75 students Objective: Provide skylights, whiteboards and desks to 4 classrooms. Details: NAFA members visited school in February 2010 and noted the poor state of lighting in each room, the dust created by [...]

Friend of Nepal of the Year 2009-2010 Award

2016-10-29T13:47:43+10:00October 10th, 2011|

NAFA executive members win prestigious national award At Nepal in the Park, Ross and Brenda Hazelwood were presented with the prestigious Friend of Nepal of the Year 2009-2010, awarded by the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA). Mr Narayan Pokharel, President of the Nepalese Association of Queensland (NAQ), presented the national award on behalf of NRNA [...]

Multipurose schoolroom Tawal

2016-11-01T17:55:04+10:00September 28th, 2011|

Construction of the multipurpose room and extra classroom Location: Dhading district, ( 1 day jeep drive & 1.5 day walk from main the roadhead town of Dhading) Date:  May 2008 Partner: Hilly Region Development Club/ Shree Pasang Chowk Higher Secondary School. Beneficiaries: 400 students Objective: To construct a large multipurpose room and [...]

Improve water supply to village – Mulkarka

2016-11-01T17:55:29+10:00September 19th, 2011|

Villagers at the storage tank Location: Lower Solu Khumbu, 1 day walk from the airport village of Phaplu Date: January to May 2010 Partner: Mulkarka Village Development Committee Beneficiaries: 25 Households in Mulkarka village Objective:  To build a holding tank at a new water source, lay new piping and cement an old water [...]

Library furniture Lumsa

2016-11-01T17:55:57+10:00September 19th, 2011|

  Location: Lower Solu Khumbu, 3 day walk from the airport village of Phaplu Date:  May 2010 Partner: Champa Devi New Lumsa Primary School Beneficiaries: 75 students Objective: To construct library shelving and tables for library and to provide Room to Read library books - 50,000 rupees Details: School submitted application in [...]

President’s Report for 2010

2016-11-01T17:57:08+10:00August 24th, 2011|

This report was submitted at the AGM held  on on 5 April 2011 The Big Picture In 2010, NAFA allocated more funds ($141,000) to more projects (33) in Nepal than any year since the Association was established in 1989. These projects spanned the range of NAFA priorities, with 19 allocated to education projects, 8 [...]

Tawal Teacher Sponsorship Appeal

2016-11-01T17:57:36+10:00August 23rd, 2011|

Students overjoyed with their first exposure to colourful illustrated storybooks NAFA is seeking individuals or groups who could commit to sponsor a teacher in the remote village of Tawal, Nepal at the current subsidised rate of AUS $3,200 per year (current at 2010) over a three year period. (Part sponsorship would also [...]

Challenge Yourself

2016-11-01T17:58:06+10:00August 12th, 2011|

Update:  Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge in June 2011 we raised $3500 THE CHALLENGE For the month of June 2011 and change the lives of young people in Nepal! Want to feel really great? Last year we raised enough money to offer a nursing scholarship for a dedicated Nepali student. We want [...]


2016-11-01T18:04:05+10:00August 12th, 2011|

Dear Supporters, We are back from our trek to Solu Khumbu/Okhaldunga region and spent two days at Kophu village on the 9th and 10th February. Kophu is a beautiful little village on the side of a hill overlooking the Solu River. We had views of the school as we [...]

Water infrastructure for school Lapsephedi

2016-11-01T18:04:36+10:00July 20th, 2011|

Location: ½ day walk from the village of Sankhu in the Kathmandu valley Date: February 2010 Partner: Shree Bair Mahadev Primary School, Lapsephedi Beneficiaries: 176 students Objective: To provide drinking water for students of the school. Details: Application submitted for $930 to fund the purchase of reserve tanks, water pipes and tap stands at [...]

Prisoners Assistance Nepal (PA Nepal)

2016-11-01T18:05:02+10:00June 13th, 2011|

 Location: Nayabazar (Kathmandu) and Sankhu (one hour from Kathmandu)   Date: December 2003 ongoing.   Objectives: To support the education of approximately 36 children at Nayabazar and Sankhu   Outcomes: Support provided to children through provision of education, food and medicine, and through conducting craft activities and sewing training.   Details: PA Nepal provides the [...]

Child Care Centres

2016-11-01T18:05:30+10:00May 24th, 2011|

Location: Pokhara   Date: 2004 ongoing   Partner: Butterfly Foundation   Objective: To support the operation of two child care centres in Pokhara for children of lower caste parents who have come into Pokhara in search of day labour.   Outcomes: Since commencing its support of the centres, NAFA has provided annual rental assistance and [...]

Tawal Health Clinic

2016-11-01T18:05:59+10:00May 24th, 2011|

Health worker, Beg, checking blood pressure Location: Ganesh Himal area in remote hilly region of Nepal Date: 2001 ongoing Partners: Hilly Region Development Club Objective: To support the operation of a remote health clinic that services approximately 6000 people in the remote hilly region of Nepal, from the villages of Tawal, Kutal, [...]

School at Tawal

2016-11-01T18:06:26+10:00May 24th, 2011|

Location: Ganesh Himal area in remote hilly region of Nepal   Date: 2005 ongoing   Partners: Hilly Region Development Club (Nepal), Nepaleducaid (Austria) and 'Smile back to me' (Spain). Objective: To support the operations of the lower secondary school (Grades 1-8) at Tawal.   Outcomes: NAFA currently provides a salary subsidy of two teachers at [...]

NAFA Health Workers Save Lives and Prevent Illness in an Impoverished Subsistence Farming Area.

2016-11-01T18:06:55+10:00May 12th, 2011|

NAFA has been supporting the Tamang people in a remote mountain area with co-operative initiatives in health, education and infrastructure projects for many years. NAFA Tawal Health Clinic. Above left -NAFA Health workers Beg Bahadur Tamang and Sunita Tamang suturing wounds. Above right - Patient resting with saline drip during treatment. . [...]

PA Nepal – new Children’s home at Sankhu

2016-11-01T18:07:29+10:00May 12th, 2011|

Location: Sankhu, approximately 1.5 hours from Kathmandu in the outer Kathmandu Valley. Date: 2006 – 2008 Objective: To assist PA Nepal to build a new children’s home at Sankhu. Outcomes: NAFA contributed $17,000 towards the new home which is now completed and was officially opened in May 2008. Details: Indira Ranamagar, the chairperson of [...]

Qld Government Gambling Community Benefit Fund

2016-11-01T18:07:56+10:00May 12th, 2011|

NAFA wishes to acknowledge and express appreciation to the Queensland Government Gambling Community Benefit Fund for the $5,374 grant provided in December 2009 to purchase computer equipment for the Association and traditional costumes for children and adults who perform at various NAFA fundraising events and other activities organised  by the Nepalese Association of Queensland. [...]

Skylights for 4 classrooms Patale

2016-11-01T18:08:21+10:00January 27th, 2011|

Skylights in the classroom Location: Okhaldunga district, 4 days walk from airport village of Phaplu or roadhead of Jiri Partner: Shree Patale Lower Secondary School Beneficiaries:  200 students Objective: Provide skylights for 4 classrooms Details: The school was visted by NAFA members in February 2010 and the members noted the poor state of lighting [...]

Water infrastructure Patale

2016-11-01T18:08:46+10:00January 27th, 2011|

  A water stand in the village makes it easier for the women to collect water Location: Okhaldunga district, 4 days walk from the airport village of Phalu or the roadhead at Jiri Partner: Patale Village Development Committee Beneficiaries:  Patale, surrounding community and school Objective:  Water infrastructure project that would give improved water [...]

School roofing Patale

2016-11-01T18:09:12+10:00January 27th, 2011|

Celebrating the new school roof Location: Okhaldunga district, 4 days walk from airport village of Phaplu or roadhead of Jiri Partner: Shree Patale Lower Secondary School Beneficiaries:  200 students Objective: Purchase galvanized iron roofing material for 6 classrooms (Repair of old roofs for Grades 3-5 and roofing materials for the new classrooms [...]

Brisbane trekking company donates

2016-11-01T18:09:44+10:00January 2nd, 2011|

Brisbane based trekking company Back Track Adventures donated $100 to NAFA for every trekker travelling with them to Nepal in 2011.  If you want to trek and also assist NAFA check out their website.

Hari Khadka – winner of the Queensland Multicultural Award 2010

2016-10-29T13:49:54+10:00August 20th, 2010|

Congratulations to Hari Khadka Hari & Rajani at Award ceremony  NAFA is delighted to announce that out of a strong field of nominees, Hari is the winner of the Queensland Multicultural Award for Outstanding Volunteer 2010. Hari was nominated for the award by President Rod Setterlund for his tireless volunteer work over [...]

NAFA Knitters

2016-11-01T18:10:37+10:00June 12th, 2010|

      Location: Jumpers and beanies distributed to a range of locations in Nepal, including a carpet factory, childrens home, two child care centres, disability services and remote villages. Date: ongoing Objective: To provide warm jumpers and beanies to disadvantaged children and adults in Nepal, who rarely would be able to [...]

Poverty Alleviation and Infrastructure Sustainability (GOAT) Project

2016-11-01T18:11:03+10:00June 12th, 2010|

Location: Namobuddha and Tawal Date: 2005 - 2011 Partners: VSN School Eco-Club, Namobuddha womens group and the Hilly Region Development Club Objective: 1.To provide goats to poor families in the Namobuddha area as a poverty alleviation strategy and 2. To manage a goat project in Tawal aimed at providing sustained income to assist in [...]

President’s Report for 2009-2010

2016-10-29T13:23:21+10:00May 4th, 2010|

NAFA QLD President's Report 2009-2010 Submitted at the AGM held on the 4th May 2010 by NAFA president Rod Setterlund 2009 was another very big year for NAFA, celebrating 20 years of development aid achievements since being established in 1989. It was big both in terms of the total amount of funds allocated to [...]

March 2010 Update

2016-11-01T18:11:36+10:00March 5th, 2010|

NAFA executive members, Ross and Brenda Hazelwood, Deborah and Rod Setterlund, and member Kylie Gilbert are in Nepal continuing to monitor and support NAFA projects. Recent highlights include: Two new classrooms at Kophu were inaugurated by Kylie Gilbert during a large and colourful ceremony organised by the village [...]

February 2010 Update

2016-11-01T18:12:05+10:00February 6th, 2010|

NAFA executive members, Ross and Brenda Hazelwood, Deborah and Rod Setterlund, and members Lew and Sue Tuck and Kylie Gilbert are in Nepal, monitoring and progressing  NAFA projects. Highlights to date include: Teacher training program.  Completion of a very successful program for 10 teachers from remote villages and [...]

Creche equipment Thimi

2016-11-01T18:12:32+10:00January 31st, 2010|

Swings for the creche Location:  Mayadhapur, Thimi, Kathmandu valley Date:  July 2009 Partner: Balkumari Area Development Committee Child Care Centre - Thimi Beneficiaries: 25 to 30 pre-school children of local farmers Details:  Originally the centre was assisted by an INGO with start up salaries and a roomprovided rent free.  No funds were [...]

Construct two classrooms Kophu lower Solu Khumbu

2016-11-01T18:13:00+10:00January 31st, 2010|

Celebrating to opening of the two new classrooms Location: Solu Khumbu district (2 days walk from Phaplu airport) Date: October 2009 Partner: Shree Rampur Lower Secondary School,Kanku-6, Kophu, Solu Khumbu Beneficiaries: 80 children in school of 250 Objective: To construct 2 classrooms to bring the school to grade 8 level. Details:The school [...]

Solar lighting Patale

2016-11-01T18:13:26+10:00January 28th, 2010|

Small solar panels give enough energy for two lights at night Location: Okhaldunga district, 4 days walk from the airport village of Phaplu or the roadhead at Jiri Partner:  Patale Village Development Committee Beneficiaries:  69 adults + 48 children Objective:  Solar lighting for 12 houses Details:  NAFA members visited the village in [...]

Tawal Water Supply

2016-11-01T18:13:52+10:00May 12th, 2009|

Location: 60 km north-west of Kathmandu Date: March 1998 to May 1999 Partner: Hilly Region Development Club Objective: Reconstruction of water supply after original supply route was destroyed by landslides and water had to be carried by women in a one hour journey. Beneficiary: Villagers in Tawal and Dhuseni, particularly women and young girls. [...]

The 2008 Presidents Report

2016-10-29T13:19:01+10:00April 8th, 2009|

NAFA QLD President's Report 2008 This report was submitted by the President, Mr Rod Setterlund at the AGM on Tuesday 03 April 2009 2008 was another very big year for NAFA. NAFA’s projects in Nepal Over $107,000 was allocated to projects in Nepal. Over $44,000 was allocated to two significant infrastructure projects, a new [...]

PA Nepal Boys Home

2016-11-01T18:14:22+10:00January 6th, 2009|

Reports have just arrived from Kathmandu that our project to build a home for the older boys at PA Nepal is now completed. NAFA raised $26,000 for the boys home through a concert held at Churchie in 2008. The balance of money required to complete the home was provided by private donors. Many thanks for the [...]

Replacement of old lower secondary school (grades 1 – 7) at Tawal

2016-11-01T18:14:49+10:00May 12th, 2008|

  Location: Ganesh Himal area in remote hilly region of Nepal Date: 2007 – 2008. Partners: Hilly Region Development Club (Nepal); AusAID (Nepal); NepaleducAID (Austria); Churchie School (Brisbane, Australia). Objective: To replace the structurally unsound lower secondary school at Tawal. Outcomes: A new seven class room school building completed and in use [...]

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