In 2003 a group of 10 Eastbourne young people returned to their community inspired from a short-term mission trip to Nepal. Their aim had been to increase their awareness of the living conditions in a developing country but they gained much more.
Time spent with orphaned and needy children in the village of Bihunkot and at the Prisoner Assitance Mission (PAM) near Kathmandu city opened their eyes to the plight of children in Nepal and they returned home determined to continue the work they had started.
Back home they shared their experiences with the local community and on the 3rd of September 2003 the Orphans of Nepal Trust was formed and incorperated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957.
The Orphans of Nepal Trust continues today with a broader focus of supporting orphaned children in need in the Kathmandu region through the provision of funds for food, education, clothing and healthcare.
We work alongside Nepali based, Volunteer Services Nepal (VSN) who ensure that all of the funds raised by ONT and the Eastbourne community are properly administered to the greatest possible benefit of Nepali children.
The secondary function of ONT is to foster a connection between the Eastbourne community and the Nepali children they support.
Chris Bryan, chairperson of the Orphans of Nepal Trust, went to Kathmandu in August 2010 to check out orphanages supported by the Trust.
Chris explains the situation in Nepal, the background and current work of the homes and his recommendations for the future in his article.
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