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Himalayan Foundation Nepal
P.O. Box: 8975 EPC 4030,
Dhapasi, Kathmandu
Skype: david.prasain
Email: info@hfn.org.np
Email: himalayanfn@gmail.com
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STREET CHILDREN VOLUNTEERING: (1 Week-4 Months)

Numbers of street children are increasing in urban areas around Nepal and especially in Kathmandu. There are currently 1000 street children in Kathmandu. They primarily live in various areas around Kathmandu. Outside the city of Kathmandu, there are over 4000 street children who are living in other cities in Nepal such as Pokhara, Biratnagar, Dharan, Nepalgunj, Bhairawa and other cities as well. The children living on the streets are 90% male and 10% female. The reason for the increase of children living on the street is due to more urbanization, migration, lack of family support, poverty, increasing unemployment, and abandonment. There is no organization that is in place to help the betterment of the street children and get them off the streets.
The nation has not drafted any program and policy for trying to find these children a home a providing a better life. It is extremely necessary to support the deprived street children who are suppressed by their family, parents, and society. It is also likely that street children get involved in prostitution for survival just so they can provide enough food for them to eat. Due to the tough and unjust street life these children get involved in using tobacco, smoking cigarettes, hent, hasis, alcohol abuse, smell dendrite, and even in some cases injection of drugs. Some are even found to be affected by HIV due to the lack of education and sanitation of their lifestyle. The street children depend upon tourists for a way to survive. Once tourist season ends they are left digging through dirt and collecting plastic as a way to survive. Due to lack of food, resident and cleaning, street children are covered with bed bugs and louses all over their entire bodies. As they sleep with dogs and their whelp in the street, they suffer from various diseases. It is necessary to help rescue the street children by volunteering and helping toward the fight for the preservation of children rights. Therefore, we hope to help rescue and support them from further abandonment by providing a stable and safe enviornment where they can flourish and grow. As we are now in the 21st century here is to hope of a better future for all children not just in Nepal but around the world as well.
Program Requirements

Volunteers must be:

  • At least 16 years or older at the start of the program.
  • Have an open mind and flexible attitude towards working in new and different. environments.
  • Prepared to do some manual work in their placement.

What we provide?

Airport Pickup/ Transportation:

  • Volunteers are picked up from the Nepal International Airport in Kathmandu by the manager or a representative of our organization
  • Those volunteers who will already be in Kathmandu will be met by a staff member at a decided meeting point

Orientation Week in Kathmandu and Language:
All volunteers are provided with an orientation by our manager covering topics such as Safety and Security, Transportation, Nepali Language, Nepali Local Culture 2 day guided  city tour around Kathmandu Valley too. All the activities which will be done during the period of stay.
Lodging:
Accommodation is provided at  supervision while you work in a volunteer program.  You will stay either Our  own  orphanage Home You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel or in a Home base. In the Home base,  which provides an authentic local Nepali family environment. Volunteers are provided with their own room and bathroom which is usually shared with other volunteers though a private room can be provided by previous arrangement. Staying with a host family will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to experience Nepali lifestyle and live with a warm and welcoming family. You can even learn to cook Nepali food. While volunteering, our staffs will visit you every two weeks. During the visit, we will check on your progress and make sure you’re satisfied and happy.

Food:
Volunteers are provided with two meals a day and a mid-day snack sourced from local ingredients. Meals are served at the orphanage home and include rice, curry and vegetables (a traditional Nepali dish known as (Dal,Bhat, Tarkali and Achar).
Project Location:
The project placements are located in all over Nepal according to your interest and chosen program. Mainly Kathmandu,  Chitwan, Pokhara, Hetauda and Nawlprasi . Most of the volunteer placements are located within 2-4 km. from their accommodation and volunteers use local transportation such as mini bus or taxis for their commuting.
Languges: English

In-country support:
24 hours support is provided by our staff members. Once you arrive in the country you will be provided with the contact details of our local coordinator who you will be able to contact at anytime during your stay.

Pre-departure information:
After we receive full and final payment, all participants are provided with a pre-departure information booklet by e-mail which will contain all the vital information about your program such as details of the country, project location, Visa requirements, Immunization requirements, details of accommodation, contact information and a suggestion of things to pack.


Program Fees & Expenses:

HFN strives to keep costs low while providing you with a professional service to fully prepare you for volunteering in Nepal. Compare our prices and services to other organizations.
One week US$ 150
Two weeks US$ 225
Three weeks US$300
Four weeks (a month) US$ 350
For each additional month US$ 275

What you are paying for?
The program fee is used to provide both a professional and welcoming volunteer service program and helps fund work at the orphanage and the HFN sponsor program for underprivileged children in the community.
Services included in program fee

  • Pickup from the airport, transport to your placement.
  • Accommodation.
  • Food during placement with a host family / hostel- Nepali standard 2 to 3 meals a day.  
  • Orientation.
  • Provisions for the children at our orphanage.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information.
  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from HFN Staff.
  • NGO government tax.
  • Free wireless internet at our office and Orphanage Home in Kathmandu

 

What is NOT included?
Apart from the fees, other costs that are to be met by the volunteers are:

  • Airfare / travel to Nepal
  • Visa and Visa extension fee (Visa (tourist) fee in US$: for 15 days, US$25 for 30 days US$40 for 90 days US$100 Per additional day:- US$2 fine maximum 90 day per year)
  • Airport taxes (arrival and departure tax)
  • Local Transportation
  • Any personal expenses

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