VSO has operated continuously in Nepal since 1964, working on social inclusion and community engagement. We've been a stable and trusted presence throughout Nepal’s fragile history and recent disaster.
From 1990-2010, Nepal doubled its Human Development Index value. This was the biggest progress made by any country. Yet this has been achieved unequally, leaving thousands of people unreached by the development. In 2015, devastating earthquakes pushed the most vulnerable back into poverty.
VSO wants no one left behind in Nepal’s progress and recovery.
Our work tackles fundamental development problems, targeting 25 districts: poor quality education, ineffective governance and social exclusion. VSO helps to maximise the funding invested to address these problems. We achieve this through our innovative work, creative collaborations, thematic expertise and volunteerism.
We work with partners and communities to strengthen systems and ensure services and rights for all Nepalese. We leverage the knowledge and expertise of all those involved, from the grassroots to central level, and through the technical assistance of skilled international volunteers. This model of inclusive participation reinforces the sustainability of our work.
Some of these volunteers work in government ministries. Others help the work of national or international organisations. Each placement is strategically designed and recruited with rigour to deliver the most impact.
Kim West, Country Director, VSO Nepal
Quality inclusive education for all in Nepal
VSO’s work addresses barriers to access, retention, participation and equity. It aims for a child-friendly sector to deliver quality education to all children.
Social innovation projects in Nepal
VSO is implementing several pilot programmes to test and build a body of evidence for new approaches to local development.
Improving learning for vulnerable girls in Nepal
VSO’s Sisters for Sisters’ Education project established Nepal’s first Big Sisters mentoring movement.
Nepal earthquakes: One year on
Many thousands of earthquake survivors are still living in temporary camps. Health services and other infrastructure will need ongoing support to recover and be able to support the rebuilding of a nation.
PO Box 207
VSO Nepal (map link and directions)
Doka Dol, Sanepa