Amics del Nepal is a NGDO (non profit Non-Governmental Development Organization), born in 1995 with the main objective of helping and supporting the most underpriviledged communities of Nepal.
The Association is currently governed by the last update of the statute book (agreed in the General Meeting organized to do so in July 7th of 2008 and registered in the Natioanl Register of Associations at the Grup 1 / Section 1 / 592021.
The strategies of cooperation are focused on the support programmes for youth, children and women, directly or in collaboration with nepalese organizations., working on the fields of education, health and livelihood.
Amics del Nepal also has the goal of divulging to our society the nepalese cultural and social reality through awareness campaigns.
Who is in Amics del Nepal?
Amics del Nepal counts with the support of a social network of more than 300 members, who are the base of the association. Members contribute with a minimum of 5€ per month and can not only organize and participate in the events of Amics del Nepal, but also have vote to choose the Board Members and approve the budget every year on the Amics del Nepal Assembly usually around June.
On top of the contributions of the members, Amics del Nepal receives sporadic donations from particulars or companies, in addition to the help for specific projects coming from public entities, private foundations and professional colleges.
The work team of Amics del Nepal in Barcelona is made only of volunteers from different professional and academic backgrounds.
The projects the association does on the field are possible thanks to the personnel under contract in Nepal and to a big number of volunteers who travel to Nepal every year.
President: Mireia Crosa
Vice-President: Jordi Giral
Secretary: Enric Recoder
Treasurer: Judith Manzanal
Spokesperson: Cristina Morales, Ramon Coderch, Anna Brunet, Patricia Morales and Daniel Roig
Coordination, Administration & Legal
Head: Mireia Crosa
Team: Jordi Giral, Judith Manzanal & Enric Recoder
Accounts & Database
Head: Judith Manzanal
Team: Ramon Coderch, Jordi Martínez & Anna Carreras
Head: Ingrid Buera
Team: Anna Carreras, Patricia Morales, Ana Albajez, Enric Recoder & Mireia Crosa
Head: Isabel Valero
Team: Cristina Morales, Anna Carreras, Mireia Masó, Marina Viñas & Maria Eugènia Aleix
Sponsorships & Grants
Head: Jordi Giral
Team: Mireia Crosa, Àlex Torralba, Judith Manzanal & Cristina Morales
Head: Daniel Roig
Team: Anna Brunet & Josep Navarro
Head: Patricia Morales
Team: Enric Recoder
Amics del Nepal Activity Center (hired by Children's Home)
Kavita Gurung: Program Director
Pramod Giri: Administrative, Finance & Children Program Coordinator
Rohit Gurung: Youth Program Coordinator
Pema Cheden Sherpa: Children's Program Officer
Rojan Thing: Media Development & IT Officer
Sarada Chitrakar: Caretaker (didi)
Kritan Bhudathoki: Administration, Finance, IT & Children Program Assistant
Kristina Bhandari: Administration, Finance, Children & Women Program Assistant
Raju Dhakal: Youth Program Assistant
Sushri Subadra Lama: Women Program Facilitator in Bhimphedi
The Nepalese NGO Children’s Home is the counterpart in Nepal. The collaboration between Children’s Home and Amics del Nepal started in 1995 in the begining of Amics del Nepal work, supporting, from the first days the homes managed by Children’s Home, now both in Patan and Mahendranagar.
When a child from Nepal smiles, it makes you feel something you have never felt before; you know for sure that from that instant on, you will want to stay close, in spite of the thousands of kilometers that you are apart… and you feel attached to that small but powerful country, land of extreme contrasts. On one hand, the highest peaks, on the other hand, the poverty levels sadly very high as well.
On 1995, a small group of Catalan families who had been so incredibly lucky, of turning orphaned or abandoned children of that extraordinary and ill-treated country into children of their own, joined together in order to do something more than helping individually.
In those times, political tensions were growing, the strength of the Maoist groups was increasing and eventually even came into power. Adoptions were closed, which was the only way shelters for orphaned or abandoned children had, in order to receive funds to carry on. Mr Uttar Tamata, current president of the Children’s Home, oldest counterpart of Amics del Nepal, who at that time was managing the small and rattletrap orphange in Kathamandu where majority of us first met our children, made a desperate call. Unless he received some resources, he had no chance of providing food and schooling for the twentyish children who were living at the Children’s Home.
And this is how we came together, and invited Mr Tamata to Barcelona. We organized an event at the Conservatori Municipal de Música de Barcelona with families and friends. We discussed the extreme situation of the Centre and we met the children through the pictures Mr Tamata brought with him. And, sponsors came out for all the children. In addition, one of the grandmother’s made a personal commitment to build a house in the middle of a field in the remote area of Mahendranagar, which would serve as a new orphanage in order to provide shelter with better conditions to more abandoned children.
And from that moment onwards we began to work and start shaping the new Association of Amics del Nepal.