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 these worthwhile community developments and education sponsorship.

No electricity in the home can lead to accidents

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Recently installed electricity in a village

Micro hydro electricity (7Kw) Dimel and Juge – lower Solu Khumbu

This project will bring electricity to 450 people in 67 homes in two villages.  We have seen from our two previous micro hydro projects how important installing electricity in a village is. As with our other micro hydro projects the Dimel and Juge communities are committed to keep the costs down by laboring unpaid and each household has committed as much money as they can afford.

Villagers in Nepal use a range of lighting in their home, all of which are quite dangerous – kerosene, oil lamps or candles.  Batteries are too expensive for these people to use on a regular basis and many can’t even afford kerosene or oil lamps. Being able to ‘switch’ on a light in the evening is an unconscious expectation of ours but for many people in Nepal it is an impossible dream.

The community has been able to secure a Govt subsidy of $8,811 and they have raised $13,529 between themselves.  The full amount to finish the project is $8,420, the two communities have asked NAFA to help with what we can commit.


Mother and son cooking without electricity

Small Electricity Generator Patle – Okhaldunga

Patle have already installed a water driven grinding mill and oil press.

This water paddle can mechanise the grinding of grain and run a 4Kw Peltic generator

They can further benefit from this structure by incorporating a small electricity generator (4Kw) to give lighting to 61 homes. They dream of being able to ‘switch’ on a light in the evening.  They have managed to keep the costs as low as possible by volunteering all the labour and have raised nearly half the funds needed to complete this project.  They have secured a Govt subsidy of $1,753 and have requested NAFA’s help for $4,706


Typical open fire cooking method

Fuel Efficient Stoves Lumsa and Gernapu

Two villages in the lower Solu Khumbu have requested to have fuel efficient stoves installed in their homes.  The villagers spend a considerable time collecting wood for cooking– a round journey to the forest and back can take about 7 – 8 hours and this needs to be done about three times a week.  For subsistence farmers this is a lot of time out of their farming week.

Cooking in a smoky room

There are also significant health problems with the current way of cooking with regard to burns and excessive smoke in their

Fuel efficient stove

homes.  Most of these villagers suffer smoke induced problems such as coughing, difficulty breathing, itchy or watery eyes and headaches.

It is estimated that these stoves will reduce firewood consumption by 30% and the installation of a chimney will reduce smoke pollution by 80%. We want to help these two villages improve their day to day living.

The communities have received a Govt subsidy of $8,141 and they have raised $2,036.  They will be volunteering all the labour and assisting the trained tradesmen to install the stoves to meet Govt requirements. They have requested NAFA’s assistance for $6,106 to complete this project.

Carrying water 3 or 4 times a day from the river

Water Infrastructure Chermading – Okhaldunga

Chermading is a very remote village of about 200 people approximately  4 days walk from the nearest road.  They have requested NAFA’s help in providing equipment to bring water to communal tap stands to service the village.

Without a reliable water source in the village, it usually falls to the women in the household to walk to the water source and carry the water back. This is about one kilometer away and the women have to collect water about 3 to 4 times a day.

Having clean running water easily accessible improves basic sanitation and frees up the women to do their other chores around the home and the farm.

After the community’s volunteer labour to carry all the sand and cement and lay the pipes, the outstanding amount is $1,371

Doing the laundry at the nearest river

Water Infrastructure Kodari – Sindhulpulchok

Getting water to these isolated villages is an expense not many subsistence farmers can afford.  Instead, the women walk long distances to collect water three or four times a day.

This water infrastructure will bring clean running water to the school of 105 children and the 15 nearby homes.  Improved sanitation such as hand washing will reduce infections among the children and improve school attendance.

The water taps will save the women time collecting water and allow them to do their laundry closer to home.  The community is volunteering all labour and have requested NAFA’s help with $2,441

Build 5 classrooms Richet – Ganesh Himal

Classrooms at Richet

5 classrooms in Richet in the Ganesh Himal need replacing, they are old and run down and, due to erosion, the hillside is slowly sliding into the side wall of the school. This is a big undertaking and we are hoping to raise funds to allow us to do a joint project with other donors from Austria and Spain.   The village contribution of volunteer labour is $4,941 and they have raised $1,845.  We have had a pledge of $10,000 from Austria and are seeking help to raise the oustanding $13,530


Tawalbesi classrooms

Repair classrooms Tawal Besi – Ganesh Himal

Tawal Besi’s small lower primary school is in need of repair, the rusted roof needs replacing, the unsealed rocky floor need cementing and the walls need plastering in three classrooms. The improvements will make a better environment for the children.  The community have volunteered their labour, for example carrying the sand from the river bed.  The balance of the project is $4,780

Thimi FEAT students working as volunteers at the carpet factory health clinic sponsored by NAFA

F. E. A. T. Further Education and Training

As more children in our sponsorship program complete their school leaving certificate (Grade 10) they would like the opportunity to undertake further studies to improve their chances to gain employment, become independent and help support their families.

These students face enormous disadvantages from their backgrounds to continue with their studies

NAFA’s FEAT program aims to partner with sponsors to provide opportunities for young people to assist them in completing Grade 12, undertaking vocational training or assisting them through bachelor studies to improve their employment chances.  We are hoping to raise about $12,000 from sponsors to assist with this worthwhile education project.