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 strategies of cooperation are focused on the support programmes for youth, children and women, directly or in collaboration with nepalese organizations. Amics del Nepal also has the goal of divulging to our society the nepalese cultural and social reality through awareness campaigns.
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.
Amics del Nepal counts with the support of a social network of more than 400 members, who are the base of the association. Also receive economic help from companies and sporadic donations, in addition to the help for specific projects coming from public services, 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.
The Nepalese NGO Children’s Home became our Nepalese counterpart since 2014.
Our collaboration with Children’s Home goes back to the Amics del Nepal’s foundation in 1995. A close relationship has been kept since then supporting the centers that Children’s Home rules: Patan Children’s Shelter in Lalitpur, Amor Children’s Shelter in Mahendranagar and Florida International Boarding School in Mahendranagar.
President: Daniel Roig
Vice-President: Patricia Morales
Secretary: Enric Recoder
Treasurer: Ramon Coderch
Spokesperson: Cristina Morales, Judith Manzanal, Anna Brunet, Mireia Crosa, Jordi Giral, Marina Viñas and Manisha Gurung
Accounts & Database
Head: Judith Manzanal
Team: Ramon Coderch, Jordi Martínez, Anna Carreras, Daniel Roig & Marta Gros
Communication & Social Networks
Head: Mireia Crosa
Team: Miquel Comas, Anna Carreras, Manish Shrestha & Javi Fernández
Head: Marina Viñas
Team: Manisha Gurung, Mireia Masó & Maria Eugènia Aleix
Sponsorships & Grants
Head: Enric Recoder
Team: Jordi Giral & Cristina Morales
Administration & Legal
Head: Daniel Roig
Team: Judith Manzanal, Maria Eugènia Aleix, Anna Brunet & Enric Recoder
Head: Anna Brunet
Team: Mónica Sans (Awasuka), Patricia Morales (Health Program) & Karl Janke (Biratnagar Purwanchal Ashram).
Head: Patricia Morales
Team: Jordi Martínez & Anna Brunet
Activities Center (hired by Children's Home)
Kavita Gurung: Program Director
Pramod Giri: Administrative & Finance Coordinator and Children Program Manager
Rohit Gurung: Youth Program Manager
Ashmita Adhikari: Quality Development Officer
Dil BC: PBL Classes and Dance Classes Coordinator
Kush Rawal: Namuna Bari Coordinator
Sarada Chitrakar: Caretaker (didi)
Biran Balampaki: Women Program Assistant & Marketing Officer
Saroj Lamichhane: Youth Program Assistant
Ganga Nepal: Administration and Children Program Assistant
Bhimphedi Children's Home (hired by Nepal Children's Organization)
Surendra Sapkota: Center Chief
Maya Chhetri: Cook
Beli Waiba: Caretaker (didi)
Santamaya Yonjan: Caretaker (didi)
Ranjita Tamang: Educator
Barsha Shrestha: Reinforcement Teacher
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.