The Asha Foundation
We have a 10 year relationship (and served on the committee for 5 of those) with this amazing South Coast NSW not-for-profit organization punching well above it's weight.
The Asha Foundation has a few different projects, all of which are changing the lives of rural and disadvantaged Nepali men, women and children.
Feminine Hygiene Kits
In rural Nepal teenage girls have no access to sanitary pads due to the cost involved. In 2016 The Asha Foundation partnered with Days 4 Girls Australia - a volunteer organisation who makes reusable sanitary kits. Together they created 160 kits which committee members personally delivered the kits 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. Read more about the re-usable feminine hygiene kits here >
The 'Good Oil' Project
To encourage village families to send their children (girls in particular) to school more regularly, Asha initiated a program (The Good Oil Project) to provide free cooking oil to families in need. 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.
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. We sponsor 2 of these children, both of whom have lived here their whole lives and now have an excellent chance at a better life due to their education.
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 donate each month to this tireless group of dedicated people.
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. They also have a rescue home for more serious ailments to receive treatment. Once the pooch is better they try and find them a home, eensuring they won't be on the streets anymore.
This particular not for profit organization is close to our heart, having 2 gorgeous rescue pooches ourselves.