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30th Anniversary Newsletter

2019-06-05T14:10:32+10:00June 5th, 2019|

Water infrastructure in village schools 30 highlights in 30 years – including NAFA’s responses to the 2015 earthquakes As we enter our 30th year of existence, over 95% of the earthquake rebuild commitments have been completed. It has taken a huge amount of determination, generosity, hard work and expertise both in Nepal and [...]

President Report 2018

2019-04-29T12:47:33+10:00April 29th, 2019|

  The Big Picture:    NAFA completed the rebuild or substantial repair of fifty-four earthquake resistant classrooms at eight schools, thirty-five classrooms in four Dhading district schools: Kutal, Ladap, Richet and Tawal and nineteen classrooms in the remote, eastern Nepal villages of Kophu, Patle, Shyama and Dhupisurke. Patle school 4 classroom block In [...]

2018 Fundraising dinner

2018-06-09T17:51:06+10:00June 9th, 2018|

Making a difference to people's lives in Nepal This year's Nepalese New Year Fundraising event on the 5th May 2018 was a huge success.  The hall at Lourdes Hill College was buzzing with supporters and volunteer workers. Luya Music provided the early evening musical entertainment and the delicious food was cooked by the  Tibetan Kitchen [...]

President Report 2017

2018-04-15T09:24:24+10:00April 15th, 2018|

The Big Picture: Rebuild completed in many villages and half way to completion in others! NAFA’s focus in 2017 continued to be helping remote villages rebuild infrastructure destroyed by the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015. After allocating $400,000 in 2016 towards the rebuild, NAFA allocated another $191,505 towards the second [...]

Crowd Funding

2018-03-05T16:11:46+10:00March 5th, 2018|

COMMITTEE MEMBER Rick Parkes aged 74 is walking 817 km on CAMINO NORTE to raise funds for Children in Tawal Nepal for education and health   Tawal villagers pouring a concrete slab on classrooms by hand that took 13 hours, all volunteers. This is their dedication after the earthquake to educate their children [...]

Newsletter – February 2018

2018-02-06T17:05:45+10:00February 6th, 2018|

There's been quite a bit happening since we sent out the last newsletter. Communities have been progressing - and in some cases completing - repair and rebuild work, and NAFA representatives have visited all of our project sites. This year, we hope to complete all of the rebuilding work. This will be a massive achievement for [...]

Newsletter – October 2017

2017-11-01T11:03:38+10:00October 27th, 2017|

Ladap finished July 16 2017 In the past 9 months NAFA has helped 9 remote villages across 5 districts in Nepal rebuild or substantially repair their schools after the devastating earthquakes in April and May 2015. NAFA provided $500,000 to rebuild or substantially repair 60 classrooms in 9 schools. Completed three classroom block [...]

What will NAFA do after earthquake rebuilding is completed in 2018?

2017-09-26T08:58:11+10:00September 26th, 2017|

In mid 2018 NAFA hopes to complete the significant rebuilding commitments it made after the devastating earthquakes in April and May 2015. It will be a big achievement for a small, volunteer run NGO - an achievement of which we can be collectively very proud. Butterfly child care centre But what happens then? [...]

Fun in the great outdoors – Nepal in the Park 2017

2017-09-26T08:56:21+10:00September 26th, 2017|

Our annual “Nepal in the Park” fundraiser was held on 20th August at the JC Slaughter Picnic Grounds, Mt Coot-tha. Nepalese dancing “Base camp” was decorated with colourful prayer flags and marquees, and the sublime setting was enhanced by perfect weather which also provided ideal conditions for the 119 people who signed up [...]

Rebuilding the classrooms in Shyama Dolakha

2017-09-30T21:28:48+10:00September 25th, 2017|

Shree Seti Devi Primary School is situated on a hill above the village of Shivalaya and educates children from playgroup to Grade 6. School after the earthquake NAFA has been involved with the Shyama school since 2011 when they funded the building of three toilets and the renovation of 4 classrooms.  They [...]

Classrooms in Kophu school, lower Solu Khumbu rebuilt

2017-09-30T21:37:10+10:00September 25th, 2017|

Over 180 students attend Shree Rampur Lower Secondary School which has 10 classrooms and an office and educates children from playgroup up to year 8. Completing the foundations NAFA started assisting this school in 2009 when we funded the building of 2 new classrooms and installation of equipment for the classrooms. In the [...]

Classrooms in Patle, Okhaldhunga rebuilt

2017-09-30T21:29:22+10:00September 25th, 2017|

Over 340 students attend Shree Patle Higher Secondary School which has 15 classrooms and an office and educates children from playgroup up to year 10. Preparing the land and retaining walls NAFA first assisted this school in 2009 with tin roofing to help them complete a new 3 classroom block.  In 2010 [...]

First phase of NAFA’s remote schools earthquake rebuild program completed!

2017-09-30T21:33:43+10:00September 19th, 2017|

In the past nine months NAFA has helped nine remote villages across five districts in Nepal rebuild or substantially repair their schools after the devastating earthquakes in April and May 2015. Recently constructed Shyama classrooms The first phase of the rebuild is completed. We are very proud of local builders’ achievements under very [...]

Remote school rebuild budget averages $11,000 per classroom

2017-09-30T21:35:23+10:00September 19th, 2017|

The average budgeted cost of classrooms being rebuilt with NAFA funds in Nepal is approximately $11,000 per classroom, based on estimates provided by the Nepalese architect who designed them. Factors affecting the cost include: whether the classroom blocks are two storey or one storey; how far the villages are from the end of the road-head [...]

Gabion walls protect Tawal school and village from risk of landslide

2017-09-30T21:34:49+10:00September 16th, 2017|

The village of Tawal in the Dhading district was only 15 kms from the epicentre of the Gorkha earthquake in April 2015. In all of the 25 villages in the Tawal area, 100% of the houses and community infrastructure such as schools was destroyed.  The earthquake triggered a number of landslides and brought other rock [...]

President’s Report for 2016

2017-04-04T22:17:28+10:00April 4th, 2017|

 The Big Picture: Rebuild is well and truly underway! Rod and Kancha in Tawal NAFA’s focus in 2016 was helping remote villages rebuild infrastructure destroyed by the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015, After allocating nearly $100,000 in 2015 to NAFA’s initial responses (provision of medical supplies, roofing tin, [...]

Sadit Maharjan reflects on work and life in remote Nepal

2017-04-03T11:38:51+10:00April 2nd, 2017|

Sadit with host family Post the earthquake of April 2015, I was more exposed to the humanitarian role that a civil engineer can play in reconstruction of the society. My will to help the earthquake affected areas recover and the enthusiasm to be with needy people were my main motivation during the projects [...]

Newsletter April 2017

2017-04-04T06:34:48+10:00April 2nd, 2017|

Earthquake rebuilding Two years since the devastating earthquakes, good progress is being made rebuilding infrastructure in the communities where NAFA works. NAFA has allocated $448,000 across five districts of Nepal - Dhading (Tawal, Kutal, Ladap and Richet), Solu Khumbu (Kophu), Okhaldhunga (Patale and Dhuperserki), Dolakha (Shyama) and Sindulpulchowk (Jitpur) - to rebuild [...]

Newsletter February 2017

2017-04-04T07:03:53+10:00April 2nd, 2017|

Dear Supporters of NAFA Welcome to our first newsletter in 2017. In this newsletter you will get a sense of the breadth of NAFA's development projects in Nepal. Many thanks to everyone who donated so generously to NAFA's initial response to the terrible earthquakes in 2015 and to the commitments NAFA has made to help rebuild remote infrastructure. A special thanks to those who [...]

Villages provide volunteer labour towards rebuild of their community infrastructure

2017-09-30T21:39:46+10:00April 2nd, 2017|

Clearing school site at Patale NAFA always expects volunteer contribution from villagers in all funded projects. This engenders the spirit of partnership and ownership within communities and helps drive NAFA’s hard earned donations and fundraising income further. Following the devastating earthquakes in April and May 2015 villagers have greatly appreciated the significant commitments [...]

Queensford College helps women in the Tawal area increase their incomes

2017-04-02T10:35:05+10:00April 2nd, 2017|

Tailor training NAFA has been assisting Tawal since 1998 with community development projects aimed at improving the health, education and economic well-being of community members. Development projects assist all members of the community, with a particular focus on women, who play a critical role in family economies in a subsistence agricultural context. The [...]

Villagers in Tawal area see their first Dentist ever!

2017-04-02T09:41:18+10:00April 2nd, 2017|

Dr Smita with grade 10 students dental hygiene talk Five female Nepali dentists from Kathmandu-based Kantipur Dental College Teaching Hospital and Research Centre, led by Dr Smita Dhakal, Dental Surgeon, conducted the first ever dental camp in Ri VDC, Dhading district from 24-27 February 2017. NAFA’s Rod and Deborah Setterlund welcomed the dental [...]

Celebrating the rebuild of remote infrastructure in Nepal!

2017-09-25T08:12:02+10:00April 2nd, 2017|

Practical training with stone mason It has been the year of rebuilding remote village infrastructure following the devastating  earthquakes in 2015. NAFA allocated $448,000 to earthquake related projects in five districts of Nepal: Dhading (Tawal, Kutal, Ladap and Richet), Solu Khumbu (Kophu), Okhaldhunga (Patale and Dhurpisurki), Dolakha (Shyama) and Sindulpulchowk (Jitpur). Additionally NAFA allocated [...]

Co-operative farming initiative helps villagers rebuild their livelihoods

2017-04-02T09:31:57+10:00March 30th, 2017|

Co-op Farmers attending training In 2013, approximately 200 farming households from four villages (Tawal, Dusheni, Ladap and Tawal Besi) in the Ri VDC, Dhading district pooled their cash and ‘in-kind’ labout to purchase land and establish the Pasang Chowk Agricultural Co-operative. Their aim was to grow higher value cash crops, up-scale their animal [...]

Nepal Knitters – end of an era

2017-04-02T11:36:12+10:00September 12th, 2016|

Jirikarka 2014 The knitting program began in 1998 when Ross and Brenda identified a need.  They had travelled to Nepal  5 times by then and been to many village areas and seen how poor the children were in the farming communities.  Many of these children had only one change of clothes, their parents [...]

Nepal in the Park Festival 2016

2017-09-30T21:44:24+10:00August 28th, 2016|

Young Everest summiteer joined in the fun at Nepal in the Park Alyssa on the Lhotse face It was a wonderful celebration of Nepalese culture and everyone had a chance to meet our special guest. On 21 May 2016 at the age of nineteen, Alyssa stood atop the world’s highest peak. This [...]

Nepal Earthquakes 12 months on

2016-10-30T15:24:44+10:00May 20th, 2016|

As we reach the twelve months anniversary of the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015 it is time to provide an update on NAFA’s response  to the needs of remote villages so badly affected. Initial response – focus on earthquake victims Map showing the earthquake epicentres and the reas where NAFA [...]

Interview podcast on Nepal – ABC radio

2017-09-30T21:44:03+10:00April 25th, 2016|

One year later ABC presenter David Curnow interviews Rod on the progress of rebuilding after the earthquake. 24th June 2015 Nepal … two months on. Rod Setterlund OAM, President of Nepal Australia Friendship Association has just returned from Nepal. Rod speaks to Sarah Howells about what he saw and how the people he’s come to [...]

NAFA projects since the earthquakes

2016-10-31T18:00:17+10:00April 12th, 2016|

Since the earthquakes in April and May 2015 NAFA's one off projects will be focused on the rebuilding of classrooms, school toilets, our health clinic in Tawal and village infrastructure. To read more go to Earthquake Response NAFA's on-going projects such as education sponsorship, further education, teacher and health worker salaries will continue as [...]

President’s Reports 2015

2016-10-29T12:24:00+10:00April 10th, 2016|

President's Report 2015 You can download and read our reports by clicking on the links below. NAFA_Presidents_Report_2015 NAFA_Treasurers_Report_2015 Financial_Statements_31_Dec_2015

Report on visit to Shyama, Dolakha

2016-10-31T18:00:56+10:00November 25th, 2015|

Ross and Brenda’s visit to the village of Shyama with our Solu Co-ordinator Phurba Sherpa, architect Sabin Shrestra and NAFA members Kusalta and Saskrita Shrestra - 14 October 2015 Temporary shelters The road to Jiri  is narrow and winds through hills and small villages, the 90km journey took us 7 hours. Due [...]


2016-10-31T18:01:25+10:00November 25th, 2015|

Rod and Deb went to Tawal for three days (25-28 October) shortly after arriving. We wanted to get an updated assessment of their situation following Rod’s visit in June. The five hour jeep part of the trip was terrible as the road is ungraded and barely useable. The photos could not prepare Deb for [...]

2016 Nepalese New Year Dinner

2016-11-01T12:37:13+10:00November 18th, 2015|

Immerse yourself in a Nepalese cultural evening with delicious food and entertainment Saturday 7th May 5.00pm - 9.30pm VENUE:  Good Samaritan Centre, Lourdes Hill College, 86 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne. Tickets need to be prebooked - contact 3850 7600 (after March 2016)- no ticket sales at the door

2015 Nepal in the Park

2016-11-01T12:39:11+10:00September 9th, 2015|

Thanks to all the people who attended our annual Nepal in the Park at Mt Coot-tha This festival would not have been successful if it were not for all our wonderful volunteer Red Shirts and the Nepalese community We raised $8,600 for our earthquake appeal This year we received excellent media coverage from the [...]

Stewart Jones – NRNA Friend of Nepal Award 2015

2016-10-29T13:37:20+10:00August 17th, 2015|

Every two years the Non-Resident Nepali Association of Australia awards the prestigious Friend of Nepal to a worthwhile candidate who has made a significant contribution in helping the people of Nepal. This year Sanchita Koirala and Nirmala Pandeya presented Stewart Jones with the 2015 NRNA Friend of Nepal Award Stew has been a NAFA member since the mid 1990s [...]

Nepal in the Park 2015

2016-11-01T12:39:03+10:00July 29th, 2015|

Following the terrible earthquakes in Nepal, NAFA is hoping for a great turn out at this year’s cultural festival Nepal in the Park. So please add it to your calendar and pass this invitation on to your family, friends and work colleagues.   The walk starts at 9 am at the JC Slaughter Falls picnic [...]

Earthquake damage Patle School Okhaldhunga

2016-11-01T13:33:02+10:00July 23rd, 2015|

Homes were destroyed On April 25 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook central Nepal destroying entire communities, killing more than 8,800 people, displacing more than 500,000 people and leaving millions in need of hope and security.  Weeks later on May 12, a 7.3 magnitude quake also struck eastern Nepal near Everest.     [...]

Earthquake affected Chermading school, Okhaldhunga

2016-11-01T13:38:48+10:00July 23rd, 2015|

Chermading school with renovated tin roof prior to the earthquake On April 25 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook central Nepal destroying entire communities, killing more than 8,800 people, displacing more than 500,000 people and leaving millions in need of hope and security.  Weeks later on May 12, a 7.3 magnitude quake also [...]

Back Track Adventures’ Fundraising Walk for Tawal Health Clinic

2016-11-01T13:39:16+10:00July 21st, 2015|

Damaged health clinic BACK TRACK ADVENTURES’ FUNDRAISING WALK TO REBUILD THE TAWAL AREA HEALTH CLINIC   On Sunday 3rd August 2015, 43 walkers participated in a long distance walk at Mt Glorious to raise funds to rebuild Tawal Health Clinic, which was badly damaged in the Nepal Earthquake. On behalf of Back [...]

The roofing tin has been delivered

2016-11-01T13:39:43+10:00July 14th, 2015|

Awaiting the tin roofing to be delivered by helicopter       The roofing tin has now been distributed to the 1,223 families in Ri VDC who lost their homes. Carrying the tin roofing home             What an amazing effort from so many people: generous [...]

Sunny Queen Farms

2016-11-01T13:40:28+10:00June 5th, 2015|

A mighty fundraising effort for earthquake victims in Nepal The staff at Sunny Queen Farms have put in a mighty effort raising funds for NAFA’s rice and roofing tin response to 25 remote area villages in the remote Tawal area, Ri region of Nepal. On 3rd June Gill Violett, Internal Sales Development Representative, and Kerridyn [...]

Thank you to Nepalese Association of Queensland NAQ

2016-11-01T13:41:08+10:00May 20th, 2015|

NAFA would like to thank the Nepalese Association of Queensland NAQ and the Nepalese community for their very generous donation of $37,000 to go towards the earthquake disaster relief in Tawal. This money has been sent to Nepal. Our co-ordinator in Kathmandu, Chandra Tamang will purchase the food and roofing tin and send it [...]

Earthquake Report on the lower Solu Khumbu and Okhaldhunga areas

2016-11-01T13:41:42+10:00May 19th, 2015|

On 25th April a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, the epicentre was in the Gorkha district, west of Kathmandu.  A second earthquake on 12th May measuring 7. 4, the epicentre to the east of Kathmandu and the tremors were felt as far as about 2400 kilometres away.   Patale, Okhaldhunga Solu Khumbu/ [...]

Earthquake destruction and NAFA’s response in Tawal and surrounding villages, Ri VDC, Dhading District, Nepal

2016-11-01T17:39:21+10:00May 19th, 2015|

Before the disaster -Tawal in the distance -Dhuseni in foreground  Introduction On 25th April Saturday around 11: 43 am local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake ripped through Nepal, bringing death, destruction and misery in its wake.  To date, over 8,000 people have lost their lives, thousands more are injured and hundreds of thousands [...]

Generous donations for temporary shelters

2016-11-01T17:39:50+10:00May 19th, 2015|

Nepal suffered a massive earthquake on 25th Aril 2015 and since then the country has been further destabilized by continuous aftershocks. We have received reports from our representatives in Nepal that areas where we have assisted communities with the building of classrooms, school toilets, water infrastructure and other community development infrastructure have been badly [...]

2015 Nepalese New Year Fundraising Dinner

2016-11-01T17:40:20+10:00May 18th, 2015|

What an amazing net result from the dinner, netting $25,500 for earthquake victims in Nepal. That total included $6,600 in donations made on the night (including three $1,000 donations) plus record results in the silent auction, market stall and raffle. A gigantic thanks to everyone who made this possible, the red shirts, the Nepalese [...]

Circle Dance

2016-11-01T17:40:52+10:00May 14th, 2015|

Join us on Saturday 13th June at Bray Hall, Petrie 2pm - 4pm CIRCLE DANCE click here for more details Nepalfundraiser  $10 donation refreshments included All money raised will go to the victims of the Nepal earthquake

Media release Earthquake appeal 4th May 2015

2016-11-01T17:41:19+10:00May 7th, 2015|

Distressing news for Nepali community in Brisbane as supporters rally behind earthquake victims  Members of a local Nepalese Brisbane charity have received distressing news from the communities they have been working in for the past 15 years, after a massive earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April.   For the past 15 years the Nepal [...]

President’s Report 2014

2016-10-29T12:31:43+10:00April 1st, 2015|

  Nepal Australia Friendship Association Qld (NAFA) President’s Report for 2014 This report was submitted at the AGM held on 31 March 2015   The Big Picture: NAFA’s focus and guarantee to donors NAFA celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014 by allocating $122,249 to 17 one-off projects and 11 ongoing programs in Nepal. This [...]

Dick Smith Donation

2016-11-01T17:43:50+10:00March 8th, 2015|

Peter Brockett receiving the cheque from Dick Smith Thank You Mr Smith!   NAFA has received a $10,000 donation from the Dick Smith Foods “$1 Million to Charity Campaign”.   In accepting the cheque on behalf of NAFA Peter Brockett thanked Dick Smith for his very generous gift and assured him that [...]

Nepalese New Year Dinner

2016-11-01T17:44:19+10:00September 1st, 2014|

What an amazing net result from the dinner, netting $25,500 for earthquake victims in Nepal. That total included $6,600 in donations made on the night (including three $1,000 donations) plus record results in the silent auction, market stall and raffle. A gigantic thanks to everyone who made this possible, the red shirts, the Nepalese [...]

25th Anniversary Newsletter

2016-11-10T14:12:31+10:00August 21st, 2014|

NAFA was formed in 1989 after the 30 volunteers from the Nepalese pavilion at Expo 88 wanted to help underprivileged people in Nepal and form friendships with the small Nepalese community in Brisbane. Today NAFA’s membership includes the original founders, people who have enjoyed visiting Nepal and many members of the Nepali community. Click [...]

Brisbane Marathon Everest Mob 2014

2016-11-01T17:44:51+10:00August 19th, 2014|

EVEREST MOB RAISE OVER $13,000 FOR NAFA’S HEALTH PROJECTS IN NEPAL The Everest Mob Day break on Sunday 3rd August and Alice Street is abuzz with hundreds of excited runners waiting for the siren to begin their run for the Brisbane Marathon. NAFA is well represented with 15 runners - the Everest [...]

NAFA’s 25th anniversary fundraising dinner

2016-11-01T17:45:24+10:00July 11th, 2014|

What a great night!! Thanks to everyone who attending our Nepalese New Year fundrainsing dinner on 10 May 2014 to commerate our 25th anniversary we presented each guest with a cream silk karta. The food, provided by the Tibetan Kitchen was excellent and the cultural entertainment provided by the Nepalese community very enjoyable. Nepalese [...]

First Kiwi members

2016-11-01T17:45:51+10:00July 9th, 2014|

Jan Dawn, her mother Jo Harrison and her sister, Helen Harrison "We are delighted to welcome our first New Zealand members of NAFA - Jo Harrison, and her daughters Jan Dawn and Helen Harrison.  Jan and Helen were recently in Nepal to do some trekking, and to re visit the Kumjung school [...]

Knitters Newsletter 2014

2016-10-31T23:41:06+10:00May 28th, 2014|

Lumsa, Solu Khumbu             Many thanks to all our knitters, read our latest newsletter Knitters Newsletter 2014 No 14 Besdec childrens home From October 2013 to January 2014 we distributed over 650 jumpers and 700 beanies to disadvantaged children mainly in remote areas.     [...]

President’s Report for 2013

2016-10-29T12:35:56+10:00May 14th, 2014|

The Big Picture, NAFA’s focus and guarantee to donors Making the improved cooking stoves In 2013 , NAFA allocated $126,542 to 33 one-off projects and ongoing programs in Nepal, spanning the range of NAFA priorities, with 15 allocated to education/adult literacy projects, 5 allocated to health projects and 13 to other community [...]

Our 25th anniversary

2016-10-31T23:41:53+10:00May 12th, 2014|

NAFA was formed in 1989 after the 30 volunteers from the Nepalese pavilion at Expo 88 wanted to help underprivileged people in Nepal and form friendships with the small Nepalese community in Brisbane.  Today NAFA’s membership includes the original founders, people who have enjoyed visiting Nepal and many members of the Nepali community. Click [...]

Honoured for 25 years service

2016-10-29T13:40:03+10:00April 28th, 2014|

Ross and Brenda were honoured to receive Life Membership for 25 years dedicated service to NAFA and the people of Nepal in March 2014 Their interest in Nepal began in March 1986 and then again in 1988 when they trekked in the Annapurnas in Nepal.  They developed a deep love of the country and [...]

Biogas – Kophu

2016-11-01T17:46:39+10:00April 25th, 2014|

A deep hole dug for the cement fermentation and gas tanks, Kophu Solu Khumbu Location:  Solu Khumbu Date:   2012 ongoing Partner: Shanti Youth Family, Kanku 6 Kophu Beneficiaries: 30 households comprising 168 people Objective: To install a bio gas system in 30 households in the village of Kophu. Effluent goes in [...]

Water infrastructure Kodari

2016-11-01T17:47:08+10:00April 24th, 2014|

The Griffin family at the school water tap, Kodari Location: Kodari – Sindhupalchok district Date:  2013 Partner: Shree Singa Devi Primary School Beneficiaries:  105 students in Grades 1 to 5 and 15 households in nearby village.  Objective: To bring drinking water to the village and school from a spring 2 hours walk [...]

Improved cooking stoves for 9 rural villages in Ri VDC

2016-11-01T17:47:33+10:00April 24th, 2014|

Meeting of 300 villagers Location: Ri VDC, co-ordinated by Hilly Region Development Committee (HRDC), based at Tawal Date: November 2013 ongoing Beneficiaries: up to 1,000 households in 9 villages in Ri VDC Objective: To supply improved cooking stoves to households in Ri VDC HRDC representatives visit CRT Details: This project [...]

Preliminary Evaluation of Adult Literacy Program

2016-10-29T13:32:01+10:00April 4th, 2014|

REPORT  PRELIMINARY EVALUATION OF ADULT LITERACY PROGRAM TAWAL, RI VDC March 2014 By Dr Deborah Setterlund   This report provides a preliminary evaluation of the adult literacy program at Tawal funded by NAFA. The adult literacy program in Tawal began in 2009 following a meeting initiated by Tawal women during NAFA members’ visit to [...]

Kadambas classrooms

2016-10-31T17:44:04+10:00March 24th, 2014|

Location: Kadambas, Sindhupalchok district Date:  2013 Partner: Shree Golma Devi Secondary School Beneficiaries:  325 students from Kadambas village area. Objective: To construct 2 classrooms for class 9/10 optional studies and new library Details:  The school applied for funding to build 2 classrooms to allow the students of year 9 and 10 to split up [...]

Jalkeni pre school building

2016-10-31T17:44:54+10:00March 24th, 2014|

  The old dairy building used as a pre school Location: Jalkeni, Sindhulpalchok district Date: 2013 Partner:  Shree Gyan Kunja Primary School, Jalkeni Objective:  Construction of 2 classrooms for nursery to grade 1 Beneficiaries: 150 students from village of Jalkeni Three new classrooms       Details: The community purchased [...]

High altitude fuel efficient stoves – Solu Khumbu

2016-10-31T17:47:19+10:00March 24th, 2014|

High altitude fuel efficient stove Location: Lumsa, Gernapur, Mulkarka and Narjing villages - Solu Khumbu Date: 2013 Beneficiaries:  173 households / 665 people Objective: To install fuel efficient high altitude stoves   Cooking at an open fire, Mulkarka Solu Khumbu     Details:  The communities applied to NAFA for assistance in [...]

Micro Hydro Project – Dimel and Juge

2016-10-31T17:50:19+10:00March 24th, 2014|

A warm welcome by the community Location: Dimil, Solu Khumbu Date: 2013 Partner: Pike Khola Micro Hydro project, Dimil Beneficiaries:  450 people in 67 houses in the villages of Dimil and Juge. Objective: To install a 7 Kw micro hydro system in the village of Dimil which would produce power for 2 [...]

Renovating classrooms Tawal Besi

2016-10-31T17:51:02+10:00March 24th, 2014|

Location: Shree Lali Gurans Primary School, Tawal Besi Ri district, Dhading Date: 2013 Beneficiaries: 35 students from nursery to class 3 Objective: To repair the roof, walls and install a new cement floor for this three room school. Details:  After visiting the school in 2012 it was noted that it was in need of [...]

Water Infrastructure Chhermading

2016-10-31T17:51:58+10:00March 22nd, 2014|

Location: Chhermading Okhaldunga Date: 2013 Partner: The Himali Lali Gurans Youth Club,  Chhermading Beneficiaries: 200 people from 35 households and students from the local school. Objective:  Construct water/surge tanks and relay pipe for better water supply. Details:  This village had problems with their original water supply and applied to NAFA for assistance to build [...]

Brisbane Marathon

2016-11-01T17:48:29+10:00March 7th, 2014|

Run for a great cause and make a difference in NAFA’s 25th anniversary! Join the Everest Mob in the Brisbane Marathon My name is Sudipta Sinnya and I am a proud NAFA member on a quest to raise much-needed funds for NAFA’s major health projects in Nepal. Having a Nepalese background, I have always [...]

Friends of Nepal – NRNA award

2016-10-29T13:42:17+10:00August 19th, 2013|

Congratulations to Helen Zada who has been awarded “Friends of Nepal 2013” by the National Non-Resident Nepalese Association. Teaching English in Tawal As a long  term member of the Nepal Australia Friendship Association (NAFA) Helen is one of NAFA’s most valued members. She contributes to the well being of disadvantaged people in Nepal [...]

Order of Australia Medals (OAM)

2016-10-29T13:44:44+10:00July 5th, 2013|

Order of Australia Medals awarded to Rod and Deborah Setterlund Queen’s Birthday, June 10 2013 School welcome at remote village of Tawal NAFA members are rejoicing in the news that Rod Setterlund, President of NAFA and wife Deborah Setterlund, NAFA Research Officer, each have been honoured this Queen’s Birthday, June 10 2013, [...]

FEAT update

2016-10-31T18:42:50+10:00July 4th, 2013|

Congratulations to Binita and Mandira for passing the Early Childhood Education course.  NAFA has supported these two students for many years through their school education and are now assisting them to gain further studies through  the FEAT program to improve their chances for emloyment.  Binita is currently working for a rivate English based school and Mandira [...]

Summary of NAFA Projects 1999 – 2012

2016-10-31T18:43:21+10:00June 20th, 2013|

 This table and the lists of projects which follow are drawn from audited financial statements since the Association was incorporated in 1999. Summary of NAFA $ allocated to one-off projects and multi-year programs 1999-2012  Sector Total $ One-off projects Total $ Multi-year programs Total $ 1999-2012 Education,   child care and child welfare $172,853 [...]

Tawal Social Health Survey Nov – Dec 2012

2016-10-29T13:27:22+10:00June 3rd, 2013|

TAWAL SOCIAL HEALTH SURVEY Nov- Dec 2012  Designed and administered by Ms Bimila Prajapati  Supervision and write-up by Dr Deborah Setterlund (NAFA Research Officer)  Interviewer: Ms Bimila Prajapati  Interpreter: Beg Tamang Prepared for NAFA, Hilly Region Development Club (HRDC), and Tawal community  Special thanks to all those who participated Beg Tamang (senior health [...]

NAFA Projects 2013

2016-10-31T18:43:51+10:00May 12th, 2013|

Each year a number of projects are submitted to NAFA for consideration.  After NAFA executive officers have visited and reviewed each of the projects they are submitted to our committee who consider them on their merits.  These projects have been chosen for funding for 2013.  We are now seeking donors to help us finance [...]

Financial Reports December 2012

2016-10-29T12:44:49+10:00April 24th, 2013|

  NEPAL AUSTRALIA FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION QUEENSLAND INCORPORATED Statement of Financial Activity for period 1 January to 31 December 2012 Previous Year Current Year $ $ INCOME Schedule 14,561.00 General donations 18,081.37 87,308.53 Donations for specific   projects 1 97,979.76 29,180.60 Fundraising events income 2 22,382.60 13,971.10 Net proceeds from sale of   goods 3 17,922.52 3,951.94 Government [...]

Tawal Village Report March 2011

2016-10-29T12:50:56+10:00April 24th, 2013|

REPORT ON TAWAL VILLAGE: Income sources, social change and future priorities by Dr Deborah Setterlund (NAFA Research Officer) Nghi Vuong (UQ Social Work Student) Interviewers: Nghi Vuong and Kylie Gilbert Interpreters: Ramita Shrestha; Sappa Lama; Pradip Tamang Tawal village NAFA has been assisting Tawal and surrounding remote villages with small scale development [...]

President’s Report 2012

2016-10-29T12:56:48+10:00April 12th, 2013|

Nepal Australia Friendship Association Qld (NAFA) This report was submitted at the AGM held on 9 April 2013 The Big Picture, NAFA’s focus and guarantee to donors In 2012, NAFA allocated $117,752 to 31 ongoing programs and one-off projects in Nepal, spanning the range of NAFA priorities, with 15 allocated to education projects, 7 [...]

Thanks to our Nepal in the Park 2012 corporate sponsors

2016-11-01T12:30:27+10:00November 5th, 2012|

NAFA thanks the following companies and groups for their generous  support for Nepal in the Park. Prize donations and assistance with materials and equipment helps make the day a huge success!   Macpac, The Valley   K2, The Valley   Paddy Pallin,The Valley,  Globe Trekker, West End Anaconda, Everton Park Sitar Restaurant, New Farm   [...]

FEAT for Youth

2016-10-31T18:44:56+10:00September 23rd, 2012|

A grade 9 student who aspires to be a teacher does work experience at Thimi School FEAT for YOUTH is a further education and training program which aims to improve employment opportunities for students in NAFA and JOY supported projects, who are nearing school completion. Students from Prisoners Assistance (PA) Nepal, Tawal [...]

Personal Challenge

2016-11-01T12:31:19+10:00June 24th, 2012|

for the month of JULY 2012 VSN students visiting Tilganga Eye Centre Help Change the Lives of MORE Young People in Nepal! THANK YOU! We raised over $6,500 from the last 2 challenges to provide 2 nursing scholarships. Now we need $4,000 to help more students study nursing or health-related courses. Improve [...]

Remote Area Eye Clinics

2016-10-31T18:46:09+10:00June 13th, 2012|

Location: Remote areas in Nepal Date: 1990 ongoing Partner: the JOY Foundation Objective: To sponsor one remote eye screening and cataract surgery eye clinic per year, conducted by the Tilganga Eye Centre based in Kathmandu. Outcomes: From 1990 to 2008, NAFA has funded 17 eye clinics either by full or co-sponsorship, a total cost [...]


2016-10-29T13:02:20+10:00May 22nd, 2012|

NAFA Child Education Sponsorship Program Vinayak Shiksha Niketan Secondary School, Thimi, Nepal NAFA members, VSN teachers and parents of sponsored children Researchers: Rachel Gehrke, Kate Miller, Nghi Vuong Interpreter: Ramita Shrestha Supervisors: Dr Petra Kohts, Dr Deborah Setterlund Written by: Dr Deborah Setterlund Special thanks to Surendra Prajapati, Helen Zada and Rod [...]

Back Track Expeditions donate

2016-11-01T12:31:19+10:00May 2nd, 2012|

We are very proud of our association with Back Track Adventures. Back Track continues to support NAFA with generous donations to our projects in Nepal. Many thanks for their support and we wish them ongoing success with their exciting and popular treks in Nepal.

President’s Report 2011

2016-10-29T13:08:56+10:00April 9th, 2012|

Nepal Australia Friendship Association Qld (NAFA) This report was submitted at the AGM held on 3 April 2012 The Big Picture, NAFA’s focus and guarantee to donors New toilet block at Shayama school In 2011, NAFA allocated $127,900 to 31 ongoing programs and one-off projects in Nepal, spanning the range of NAFA [...]

Tawal Eye Camp

2016-10-31T18:49:20+10:00February 28th, 2012|

Dr Detlev Gueck and his patient Location: Tawal Date: 24 November – 1 December 2011 Partner: Dr Detlev Gueck, a German eye doctor, Sangye, Manager of the Medicine Buddha Health Clinic and another monk from the Kopan Monastery Beneficiaries: 12 schools and 13 villages (Tawal, Tawal Besi, Duchene, Ladap, Kichet, Richet, Tajumrang, [...]

Tawal Hearing Clinic 2011

2016-10-31T23:06:27+10:00February 28th, 2012|

Keshab checking a child's ear Location : Tawal Date: 24 November – 1 December 2011 Partner: Keshab Dangol from the Nepalese Association of Hard of Hearing  (NAHOH), Lew and Sue Tuck from Whitsunday Hearing (HearingNepal Program) and two monks Kopan Monastery Beneficiaries: 12 schools and 13 villages (Tawal, Tawal Besi, Duchene, Ladap, [...]

Tawal micro-hydro system officially opened!

2016-10-31T23:07:00+10:00February 28th, 2012|

  Carrying the generator NAFA’s President, Rod Setterlund officially opened (as “Chief Guest”) the 20 kw micro-hydro system on 13 February 2012 in front of the Tawal/Tawal Besi community, Ross Hazelwood (NAFA’s Project Coordinator), Chandra Tamang (Tawal Coordinator) and other distinguished guests, including Mr Suresh Shrestha, REDP engineer from the Nepalese Government [...]

Lumsa Micro Hydro Project

2016-10-31T23:07:28+10:00February 1st, 2012|

Lumsa micro hydro worksite Location:  Lower Solu Khumbu district, 2 days walk from Salleri village Date: January 2012 Partner: Lumsa village and Lumsa Micro Hydro Steering Committee Beneficiaries:  109 households/ appx 500 residents Objective: To complete a micro hydro system to bring electricity to all houses in the village. Wiring up the [...]

Water infrastructure Tawal Besi

2016-10-31T23:07:55+10:00January 31st, 2012|

Community water tap Location:  Dhading district ( 1 day jeep drive & 1.5 day walk from main roadhead town of Dhading) Date:  July 2010 Partner: Hilly Region Development Club, Tawal Besi village Beneficiaries: 50 households and 1 school in the village of Tawal Besi Objective: Water infrastructure (new pipe/water flow & new [...]

Lumsa Micro Hydro Project complete

2016-10-31T23:08:25+10:00January 25th, 2012|

The penstock brings water to the powerhouse CONGRATULATIONS to the Lumsa community for their determination and hard work in completing their micro hydro project in 7 months.  The community were very determined to bring electricity to their village, they took out personal and business loans to help raise the money for this [...]

Thinking about putting NAFA into your will?

2016-11-01T12:31:19+10:00January 8th, 2012|

Make a Bequest Making a bequest – naming NAFA as a beneficiary in your will is a simple and powerful way to help us deliver ongoing programs empowering disadvantaged individuals and communities, particularly remote villages, in Nepal.  NAFA is a Brisbane based non-political, non-religious, non-profit organisation.  100% of donations (which are tax deductible for Australian [...]

Newsletter #1 #2 #3 #4

2016-10-31T23:28:29+10:00January 7th, 2012|

Each year our members volunteer their time for big and small projects in Nepal. Our main projects are recorded on the website but during their stay in Nepal our members experience many different and unusual events. The newsletter was created to share these incidents with you. They give a more personal view [...]

Building classrooms Manthali

2016-10-31T23:28:58+10:00January 1st, 2012|

Partially built classrooms Location: Ramechap district (1 day drive on Jiri road east from Kathmandu) Date: August 2011 Partner:  Community Development Society (CDS), Manthali Beneficiaries: 500 students at Karkala Devi English Boarding School and another 70 additional students will benefit Objective: Construct 6 classrooms on top of existing school Details:  CDS was [...]

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