Project #6724

Home and Community for Orphans in Nepal

by Global Family Village, Inc
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Greetings from Bungamati Village, Nepal where Global Family Village children and community-based project are thriving, thanks to your support!

We are very excited to share with you our latest news of the launching of the Bungamati Home-Stay program in partnership with the Cooperative Society of Bungamati!   Local farmer-women were trained to open up their Newari homes for tourists seeking an authentic stay in an ancient Nepali village home. This project provides income for the community, as well as helping to support the children’s home as ten percent of the overnight fees go to support their Bungamati Family Home for orphans and disenfranchised children! 

So far 10 women have graduated from the Hospitality program and now have their homes available for tourists! They have hosted the first round of guests, who raved about the experience: staying in a Newari village, connecting with the community, visiting the school and family home; seeing first hand where their contributions were going from their homestay fees. This marks a significant step towards sustainability!

Now, our newest projects in development include partnering with the community to develop a café and an art gallery to showcase the local woodworking artisans. Stay tuned for developments in this latest community endeavor.

Our existing family of seven children and two “mothers” are doing well. We are continuing to strengthen the children’s sense of family by partnering them with elders in the community who will be their “grandparents”; this also strengthens the community and enriches the lives of the elders. We are continuing our work with the children proving them education, family, health care, and nutrition.

We need your support to continue our work and to replicate our innovative model of orphan care in other regions in Nepal. There are thousands of orphaned and abandoned children who need your help in bringing Global Family village to their community, giving orphans a family, home, education and community. Please donate! Participate in our upcoming matching grant day June 12, 2013. On this day, Partner Rewards Bonus Day, donations made through GlobalGiving will be matched up to $1,000 per donor at 40%!! Thank you for your support!

(Photos below courtesy of Karen Ande)

Namaste! Greetings at a Bungamati Home-Stay!
Namaste! Greetings at a Bungamati Home-Stay!
Farmer-woman graduating hospitality program.
Farmer-woman graduating hospitality program.
Local Bungamati woman woodworker.
Local Bungamati woman woodworker.
Anita and community "Grandma".
Anita and community "Grandma".


Creating family-centered homes in supportive communities!

Namaste Friends and Supporters:

Our family of eight children is thriving and becoming more and more a part of the local community. In February, our partners, the Bungamati Cooperative Society, hired Rajan Maharajan from the community to oversee the activities of the Family Home and interact with the children. He keeps the children company when they have their meals, plays games and does art projects with them. This integration of the home within the community is critical for the social development of the children.

Developing opportunities for income-generating activities to ensure long-term sustainability!

Bungamati is famous for it's wood crafts and is home to many master woodcarvers. GFV is seeking funding to assist the community with the creation of a gallery to showcase the work of these artists. A portion of the income generated from the gallery will go back to the family home, thus ensuring it's sustainability and the long-term success of the children.

We are very proud of Global Family Village-Nepal's innovative approach to creating sustainable positive change in the community, and specifically for orphaned, abandoned and children in need.

March 13th is a bonus day! This means Global Giving will match your donations at 30% up to $1000 per donor! There is $50,000 available in matching funds and matching will last until funds run out. Matching will begin at 6:00 am PST!

We greatly appreciate your continued partnership and friendship, and thank you for your support!

Photographs taken by Karen Ande: 1) Child in ECD program 2) Family with Executive Director Freema Davis 3) Rajan Maharajan with family member 4) Master woodcarver at work

Global Family Village celebrates the year-end with Gratitude and Giving-back!

A Wonderful First Year!

Namaste friends and supporters:

The end of our very first year as a community-supported family is drawing near. We are so very proud and wish to thank all of you who have helped make this a reality. In one year we have transformed an institutional-style child facility into a Family of nine with a supportive community! The Early Childhood program, now in its 2nd year, is thriving! Parent and community participation is growing!

During the year we concluded a comprehensive survey that is helping us determine the greatest needs in the community, and develop the overall curriculum for the income-generating activities such as the Homestay Tourism Project, and most recently, the Organic Kitchen Garden Project. The success of these community initiatives will help the local families support the Family House and ECD and ultimately make them self-sufficient.

We are very proud of Global Family Village-Nepal's innovative approach to creating sustainable positive change in the community, and specifically for orphaned, abandoned and children in need.

Photos1&2: There are now 47 children in the preschool program; Photos 3&4:Subidhya (top, center) is hardly recognizable as the same girl who joined the Family just a few months ago. Here she is with her friends from the community at the school picnic, and then performing a dance for the rest of the school community. Photos 5&6: Children from the Bungamati Family House are enjoying their turn at a traditional Nepalese Dal Bhat dinner, in honor of the Dashain Festival, hosted by the Shanti Niketan Ashram, a cooperative where village elders meet, worship and celebrate. The local elders are an important link for the children who have been orphaned or abandoned. The building is next door to the local school. The "Grandparent" component of the Global Family Village program will be fully implemented in the coming year.

Global Family Village Giving Tree!

Nepal is predominantly Hindu and Buddhist but everyone celebrates and starts a new year on January 1st! Global Family Village-Nepal will celebrate the new year by reaching out to the surrounding community with gifts of fuel so that each family has sufficient gas for cooking and warmth during the cold winter months. (It costs approximately Rs 1,500 per cylinder of fuel for cooking and heating, USD $18, that could last for a few months.)

Global Family Village-Nepal will have its own Giving Tree that will be decorated with a tag each and every time a donation has been received and a corresponding gift has been made for the community support.

The children and mother of the House will package, decorate, and disburse the gifts, and they will be the greater beneficiaries as they experience the pure joy and satisfaction of being part of a community and helping others in need.

We greatly appreciate your continued partnership and friendship, and thank you for your support!

A very happy holiday and new year, from our Family to yours!


The GFV program and family keep growing
The GFV program and family keep growing

Meet our new children!

Bungamati Family House welcome six orphaned children to their House.

The Global Family Village model of care for orphaned and abandoned children is well underway! Recent additions to the first family were brought in once the GFV supporting programs of community development and early childhood education were well developed and strong. Of the eight children (one more child is on his way) now living in the Bungamati Family House 7 of them are orphans and 1 child is supported by a mother and father from the community who cannot take care of him on a daily basis. The selection of children represents our belief in the importance of community values and integration. All of the children will grow up together, not as orphans, but as a family in the Bungamati Family House with a strong sense of family and community support. 

The Central Child Welfare Board of Nepal brought a young girl and her younger brother to us. Their father died and their mother, unable to cope as an impoverished widow, committed suicide. They, and all the other children (and the Mother) will have ongoing psycho-social counseling so that they can heal from their trauma and begin to form healthy bonds of attachment. It is our commitment that the children feel nourished and loved.

Early Childhood program is thriving!

The early childhood program is not only thriving, it is also becoming more supported locally, both financially and with volunteering parent participation. This is an important step towards this program's success and sustainability.

Working in partnership with the community!

Global Family Village-Nepal conducted a family survey in the Bungamati area, in July. Our goal is to better learn the strengths and needs of the overall community, and individuals within it. We sought information regarding their knowledge, perception and habits on the following topics: Issues around family and women's rights; early childhood development and education; child rights; orphans and widows; and nutrition and health. The information collected from the survey will allow GFV to enhance community development and economy with relevant education, workshops and income generating programs. It will also foster community participation in the early childhood development education and family programs. This participation is critical to meet our goal of sustainability.

The community needs our support now and for the next couple of years, while they take full ownership of the program and the program becomes sustainable. Then the model will be successful and complete; the children will be truly well-integrated family and community members. At that point the program can be replicated in other villages in Nepal where there are orphaned, abandoned or needy children living in an institution without the advantages of a family or community.  

Please continue your support and follow our progress at our website (, front page, bottom under Project Update.

Namaste from the Boards of GFV and GFV-N in Nepal

Family representatives learning about Tourism
Family representatives learning about Tourism

  We are very proud of this achievement which recognizes our innovative approaches to implementing the community-based Bungamati Family House and Early Childhood Program, and THEN improving the local economy and empowering the community so that it can support and sustain the project!

 Introducing the "Bungamati Home Stay Project" 

 Global Family Village-Nepal and its community partner, the Bungamati Cooperative Society recently launched the HOME STAY PROJECT in partnership with the Nepal Tourism Board. The HOME STAY PROJECT is designed to bring tourism to the Bungamati area and to offer tourists an opportunity to stay overnight with a village family.

On 12 May 2012, 50 participants from the community, ­including politicians, local organizations, district representatives, teachers and members of the Cooperative, came together for an orientation program. Representatives from 14 families (mostly women) then signed on for a 7-day training session on hospitality and home stay, which covered such topics as providing­ Nepali authentic cuisine, house keeping, sanitation, health security, communication, and comfort for western tourists.

How it works.....

 GFV-Nepal and the Cooperative will:

  • Manage reservations for the Home Stays in Bungamati;
  • Follow up the services and security for the tourists; and
  • Coordinate promotion and marketing with travel and trekking agents.

For these services GFV-Nepal and the Cooperative will receive a 10 % commission towards sustaining our project in Bungamati!

We greatly appreciate your support and generosity. Please continue to remember us. Even small donations can make a big difference in the program, and ultimately for the disenfranchised children in Nepal! GlobalGiving donations will be matched on June 13th in honor of Father's Day!

Thank you so very much!

Namaste, Freema Davis and the GFV Board of Directors

Silver Mountain School of Hotel Mgmt. presents
Silver Mountain School of Hotel Mgmt. presents


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Organization Information

Global Family Village, Inc

Location: Berkeley, California - USA
Project Leader:
Freema Davis
El Cerrito, California Nepal