Street Dog Kathmandu
The team at Street Dog Kathmandu care for some of the 25 000 stray dogs in the Kathmandu Valley. They vaccinate against rabies, spay them, treat the terrible mange that afflicts a great percentage of them and do general worming and flea control. We give money each month to the awe inspiring Andrea and her team so that they can keep doing what they're doing.
They set up camp every Saturday morning in Boudha Stupa, where you can bring in your street dog (if you can get them in the taxi) and they receive the once over by the team, before you take it back to where you found it and let if off again.
They also have a rescue home for more serious ailments to receive treatment. There are many conditions in the shelter dogs; injury, birth defects, disease, health deterioration and sometimes just plain old age. These dogs will live at the shelter for their whole lives - they are very lucky.
This particular not for profit organization is close to our heart, having 2 gorgeous rescue pooches ourselves and having seen first hand the appalling conditions some street dogs have to endure in Nepal. As well as donating each month to this amazing NGO, we also have a program in conjunction with our local vet in Australia to donate and take over much needed medication to the team.
Read our blog post about our day spent visiting the Street Dog Kathmandu shelter >
The Asha Foundation
Having a 10 year relationship (and serving on the committee for 5 of those) with this wonderful not-for-profit organization, we are so proud of the local volunteers affecting so much change in Nepal from the little old South Coast of NSW.
We have sponsored two children through The Asha Foundation since 2009, and have watched these two little boys become young men during those years.
The Asha Foundation financially run a home for disadvantaged and orphaned children. Each donated cent goes into food, housing, education, and health care for over 30 children (now young adults). College is the next step for many of the children who have lived in the shelter their whole lives.
As well as running the home and supporting the children, The Asha Foundation's other amazing projects which we support are:
- providing FEMININE HYGIENE KITS for young women in rural locations, partnering with Days 4 Girls Australia. Together they created 160 kits which committee members personally delivered to the villages in 2016. A further 200 kits were fund raised, and now the women in the villages are able to make them themselves, ensuring an ongoing supply.
- Encouraging village families to send their girls to school via THE GOOD OIL PROJECT. Asha initiated a program to provide free cooking oil to families in need providing they send their girls to school regularly. The families are provided the oil for free, thereby allowing school books and uniforms to be purchased without sacrificing food on the table at night.
Animal Aid Abroad Australia - with Animal Nepal
The amazing team at Animal Aid Abroad Australia support working animals around the globe. In Nepal they focus their attention on the equines (donkeys, horses and mules) working in and around the brick kilns of Kathmandu - previously overworked and left with no medical treatment. When Animal Aid Abroad got involved they began changing the attitudes of the donkeys owners towards these gorgeous creatures, to huge success. Read their story here >
We were fortunate enough in 2016 to visit Animal Nepal's donkey sanctuary, supported by Animal Aid Abroad. We transported a donated microscope from Sydney to Kathmandu (much larger and more fragile than we anticipated!) and spent the day with the animals and staff in the sanctuary. Read more about our day here >
3 Angels Nepal
3 Angels Nepal are dedicated to stop human trafficking from Nepal into India. Every day more than 54 women and children are trafficked out of Nepal and into India to enter a life of slavery. Every single day.
"If 54 children went missing in one day in a country such as Australia, America or Britain, there would be an outcry, but these girls are different. They are the lost girls of Nepal." ... Belinda Bow, 3 Angels Nepal
To date, 3 Angels Nepal have stopped 33 500 from people being abducted out of Nepal. (December 2018)
The team at 3 Angels Nepal work passionately to educate villagers in remote Nepali communities about the dangers and warning signals of traffickers, in the hope to stop this from happening again.To more more child or parent or village.
We give each month to this not-for-profit organization, and know that we are helping them to make a difference.
World Wildlife Fund Australia
We donate monthly to WWF Australia to help protect the koalas of NSW. They are in real danger of becoming extinct by 2050, mainly due to habitat loss.
"Excessive tree-clearing in NSW is putting koalas at risk of local extinction. In the last year, the clearing of trees has nearly tripled in NSW. Hundreds of thousands of hectares of native bushland and forest have been cleared at an unsustainable rate. This has left vital natural habitats completely destroyed or fragmented. Research shows that as well as being homes for our iconic animals, trees play an important role in reducing the effects of climate change. It means the loss of forests across the state can intensify and prolong dry conditions in drought-stricken areas." - WWF Australia
We as a country (but certainly NSW in particular) need to stop cutting down trees. At the same time we need to start planting more trees, and protecting more bushland and forest regions.