This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Nepal, Singapore and social change. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!


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Key People

Names are in alphabetical order, hyperlinked to LinkedIn, else Facebook. Listing is based on prior experience in an area, plus a connection to Singapore in some way.

Edwin Koo, Helena Messing, Kelvin Tan, Jamon Mok

SG Organisations & Companies

Bisous La works with small Fair Trade co-operatives and businesses in Nepal, supporting economically disadvantaged producers to work towards poverty alleviation and sustainable development. It improves the living conditions for Nepalese women who are poor, illiterate and often widowed. They learn all kinds of traditional crafts and skills and work in safe conditions and are paid fair wages so they can support their families.

Handmade Link is an online shop selling items handmade by underprivileged women from all over Asia with an aim to improve their living conditions and social standing. Its current products are procured from Nepalese women groups.

Project Gazaab is a micro social venture capital fund that seeks to create social entrepreneurs as beacons of hope and inspiration and lead their community in the fight against poverty.

Operation Hope Foundation is a Singapore charity that is building rice bag houses for the people of Nepal affected by the earthquakes in 2015. These houses are ideal for mountainous regions and are earthquake-proof. Visit the website to see how you can partner OHF in providing low cost sustainable houses to the poor.

SG Projects

Lil' Mustard Seed. A video documenting students from Singapore Management University’s student club SMU-ISE making a trip down to help a social enterprise in Kathmandu, Nepal. Started by Singaporean lawyer Michelle Tan, the beneficiaries of Lil' Mustard Seed are Nepalese women in need of financial help or who are victims of family violence.

Naqua is a project initiated by students from SMU-ISE which seeks to alleviate water sanitation and hygiene problems in the rural communities of Asia. The project is in its initial stage of implementation with a pilot project in the Terai region of Nepal. The key concept of Naqua is to build Kanchian Arsenic Filters in schools so that children can have access to arsenic-free water, and using this as a platform to educate the rest of the village about the dangers and risks of drinking from untreated sources and various household water treatment techniques. Join their Facebook group.

Sama Development & Welfare is an initiative to raise awareness and implement sustainable developmental projects in Sama village in Nubri Valley, Nepal, with an emphasis on healthcare and education. Join their Facebook group.

Life of My Sisters. For more than a decade. The Little Sisters Fund has been giving Nepalese girls a glimmer of hope through scholarships for underprivileged girls in Nepal. Photographers Debby Ng and Edwin Koo entered the home of our little sisters - Nepal's hope for a better future. These photographs tell their story.

Colours of War is an attempt to interpret post-civil war Nepal, by Singaporean photojournalist Edwin Koo, who has been based in Nepal since September 2008. His Naked Nepal blog is a labour of love to record down his experiences and fleeting thoughts, as he goes about photographing and documenting the fledgling Himalayan republic.

Potential Host Organisations

Nepal ko Yuwa is a campaign that aims to bring together energetic and passionate Nepali youth to build on their energy and excitement, foster each other’s initiatives and think together. The ultimate goal is to strive towards a prospering Nepali community.

ChangeFusion Nepal is a part of ChangeFusion, an organization based in Bangkok that creates high-impact, sustainable and scalable solutions to address social and environmental challenges. ChangeFusion achieves this by providing our partners with innovation design & investment facilitation services.

Maiti Nepal is a non-profit organization in Nepal dedicated to helping victims of sex trafficking. Currently, Maiti Nepal operates a rehabilitation home in Kathmandu, as well as transit homes along the Indo-Nepal border towns, preventive homes in the countryside, and an academy in Kathmandu.

Himalayan Climate Initiative is a Nepali civil society Initiative to build a climate resilient, peaceful and prosperous Nepal and to construct an alliance among the mountain countries across the globe to collectively advocate against Climate Change.

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