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First Steps Himalaya News     


Nepal Project Update


Durga Aran, our Nepal director has recently returned from a very busy season in our project area.    Our early childhood centres and school classrooms are progressing extremely well, even as some are still transitioning out of temporary learning centres that they have been in since the 2015 earthquake.  

We had a large number of volunteers from all corners of the world helping to build two new earthbag classrooms at Dyali school, which are now nearly complete.   A huge THANK YOU again to Court Construction of Auckland, New Zealand, who raised over NZ$70,000 to fund these classrooms, and who returned to Nepal for the third time to help build also.   

We would also like to thank our gold sponsors Nebulite and The Empowerment Project, and our silver sponsors Royale Kitchens and Black Steel Mobile for their generous support.

We were lucky to have several international teaching volunteers with us this season, who provided some amazing training to the local teachers on classroom management, use of resources, encouraging oral language and introducing new games and songs.  We are very grateful for their help. 



Volunteers needed for 2018!
We are looking for volunteers  with any of the following skills for March / April in Nepal:

  • early childhood / primary school teaching experience
  • teacher training experience
  • painting / decorating
  • general labouring eg fence building
  • administration experience

Visit our website here to find out more information.



The Sita Project


This year we fundraised for a very special project, to get Sita, her child and her husband who was paralysed in the 2015 Nepal earthquake out of the tin shelter they were living in, and into a wheelchair friendly home.  We are very excited to announce that the $25,000 target was exceeded, and Sita and her family's new home will soon be completed.    Thank you to Katey Lane for initiating The Sita Project and working hard to fundraise, and thank you to everyone who donated.

Due to the success of this project, and the great need of other disabled people living in sub-standard conditions due to the 2015 Nepal earthquake, we will be keeping this project running to help others in similar situations.  We will keep you posted on the next recipients of this fund.  If you would like to donate, please click on the button below.


Board of Trustees Vacancies
We have a couple of vacancies on our Board of Trustees based in Nelson, New Zealand. We would love to hear from suitable candidates particularly people with business, management, governance or accountancy experience.  For more information contact

Thank you for your continued support.
The team at First Steps Himalaya