Make a difference in Nepal in 2019

Join the Didi team in Nepal in 2019 as we double-up our humanitarian aid efforts to Didi projects.

In April 2019, Didi Nepal is organising 2 Didi Aid Tours on either side of the Grand Opening on the new Didi Headquarters in Kathmandu on 25 April 2019 (Anzac Day). Join us for one or both Didi Aid tours! Don’t think too long as spaces are strictly limited.

Didi Aid Tour 2019 – Lower Mustang, Nepal

Commences in Kathmandu: 15 April 2019
Finishes in Kathmandu: 24 April 2019

Our tour takes us to LOWER MUSTANG in the northeast region. LOWER MUSTANG oozes Tibetan culture in an isolated and arid environment. Once an independent Tibetan kingdom, it is now overseen by Nepal. Join us as we deliver aid to isolated and very poor government schools. Visit our Didi Projects and whilst in Kathmandu, spend time with the children at Bright Futures Learning Centre. Attend the official opening of the new Didi Headquarters.

Note: Not for the faint hearted – wild jeep driving – optional trekking

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Didi Aid Tour 2019 – Kathmandu, Nepal

Commences Kathmandu: 25 April 2019
Finishes Kathmandu: 4 May 2019

The Didi Foundation Nepal offers an inspirational 10-day humanitarian aid tour where you will experience first-hand Nepalese culture, support local community projects and see the wonders of Nepal.

Your world will open up to the medieval city of Kathmandu. You’ll stare in disbelief at the gigantic Himalayan peaks and look in wonderment at remote rural communities. Be overwhelmed by how far a little goes when you visit our outreach community projects that support disadvantaged women and children to develop sustainable futures.

  • Visit the ancient sites of medieval Kathmandu
  • Visit Didi Headquarters and Bright Future Learn Centre
  • Join us for the official opening of the new Didi Headquarters
  • Travel down to Chitwan National Park for some jungle adventure
  • In Pokhara, sit by Fewer Lake and gaze at the Annapurna Mountains
  • Note: 5 day Annapurna Trek is an optional extra

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2018 Didi Aid team at Ramechhap School
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GRAND OPENING – new Didi Headquarters
Kathmandu – 25 April 2019

Join the Didi Team for the official opening of our women’s centre. We are honoured that the Australian Ambassador to Nepal, His Excellency Pete Budd, will open Didi’s new vocational centre. Many Nepalese dignitaries and Ministers from various government departments will also attend the opening. And we’d love you to be there too!

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‘The Didi Angels’ – 2018 University Didi Aid team

Organised and managed by our awesome supporter Veronica O’Mara the group hung out with the Didi Nepal team in November, 2018.

Veronica went above and beyond to collect fine motor skill toys for the crèche and collected sets of clothing for all the kids at Sindhuli School. One hundred of them. The team also raised funds to implement a mushroom farm at Sindhuli which they physically dug and constructed the foundations.
The team beamed out with their homestays in Kathmandu and sprinkled stardust on the lives of hundreds of kids in Nepal.

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‘The Dream Machine’ – 2018 Schoolies Didi Aid team

These amazing young Year 12 graduates took a walk on the wild side with Didi Foundation Nepal. They embraced Nepali culture with dignity and respect and like sponges, they absorbed everything that came their way.

A gorgeous group of strangers who came together and bonded as a united team. As a team, they worked hard at implementing their Didi Aid responsibilities and travelled the wild roads, long distances and ate a lot of dust, without a single complaint. They got down and dirty cleaning the new Didi Headquarters, painted a mural in the crèche that they so proudly funded. They gave literacy classes at Jagriti School, met the children at Bright Future and went above and beyond at Sindhuli Deaf School.

This team just fills my heart with so much pride and I am sure you will want to give them a big SHOUT OUT if you meet them.

Jan Pryor | Founder | The Didi Foundation

Reflections

Cate: When I read the email giving all the details of what the Didi Foundation’s Schoolies Trip would be like, it just clicked that this is exactly what I wanted to do… to be part of a team working to help others and experience a whole different world in beautiful Nepal

Alycia: After hearing and learning about the empowerment and dedication to creating sustainable futures the Didi Foundation provide throughout Nepal quickly convinced me to be a part of this life changing experience! The aid tour allowed for a great balance between aid work, exploring Nepal’s biggest attractions and travelling to remote areas, while also celebrating finishing school.

Nyah:I would definitely recommend schoolies with the Didi Foundation as it is a fantastic way to see a beautiful country at it’s realest and to make a difference to the people who live there.

2018 Didi Aid Tour

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An inspiring group of supporters joined me in Kathmandu for our 2018 Didi Aid tour. For 10 days the team walked in my shoes and experienced my Nepalese life and the town I call my second home.

Here is what we got up to:

  • Showcased the new Didi Headquarters building site
  • Visited the historic sites of Kathmandu – Bodhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and the ancient city of Bhaktupur
  • With the children from Bright Future Learning Centre (BFLC) we walked through our town to Didi Headquarters, which was a photo mecca of brightly coloured saris, small vendors selling their wares and open butcher shops.
  • An afternoon at BFLC for our annual birthday party and the distribution of my birthday ‘love letters’
  • Lyn Thorpe handed over PUL Fabric, donated by Days for Girls Newcastle NSW. This fabric is waterproof and is an essential component in the manufacture of sanitary pads.

With the Didi Mobeel loaded up with educational resources, care packages, re-usable sanitary kits and medical equipment, we began the long, arduous and sometimes crazy nail-biting road trip to Ramechhap and Sindhuli. Regardless, this was definitely the most rewarding part of our journey when we delivered aid to highly disadvantaged schools; where a beaming smile on cute little faces made it all worthwhile. The tour finished with a lot of fun and adventure in Chitwan National Park and Pokhara.

Jan Pryor | Founder | The Didi Foundation

Reflections

The Didi Tour was one of my best travel experiences. It was very diverse and covered any traveller’s dream of seeing Nepal in its natural state. It was certainly value for money and we saw places that would not have been available via a tour company. Just loved the children and warm hearted Nepalese.  EXCELLENT adventure and highly recommended for anyone who is looking at making a difference.
Lyn Thorpe OAM
2010 Senior Australian of the Year

Thank you for a wonderful trip. It’s great to see where the Didi Foundation support goes to and to get a real appreciation of the need for it on the ground in Nepal. I was happy to meet with the Didi Nepal team, Sudip and Deepak, who do so much good work to empower women in Nepal. Also, it was good to meet some interesting and caring fellow travellers. Hope to catch up with some of you in the future.
Cheers, Vik

UNSW students became Didi Aid Assistants

Student on Day 3

Twenty two students from the University of New South Wales took part in a Didi Aid Tour in November, contributing hugely to the education, health and wellbeing of disadvantaged children in Nepal.

In the eight-day visit they experienced family life in Kathmandu, through a homestay and worked at our sponsored school near Bhuktapur. At this school they did practice English, computer lessons, did  health checks and also had fun time with movies. Then our Didi Angels were off for the long and windy trip to a remote part of Eastern Nepal where they once again went ‘above and beyond’ working at another disadvantaged boarding school. Everywhere they went they left a positive foot print and promoted equality in education.

Through crowd-funding, the students were able to contribute to the work of Didi Nepal. Our Didi Angels purchased three new computers and had the internet connected and funded for a year at one school, and they also funded a badminton court, distributed lots of warm clothing, carried out medical check-ups and took part in a school beautification project.

Everywhere our Didi Angels went they sprinkled bucket loads of their magical stardust on the lives of so many disadvantaged children.

Health checks for children

We were so lucky to have Dr Helen join the Didi Aid team in November. With the support of the Didi Angels, Dr Helen was able to run basic medical check-ups on children at two of our outreach schools. The team documented their findings and have compiled a report for future investigation. For many children this was the first time they had ever seen a medical professional.  The Medical team carried out basic hearing tests on the children at the deaf school, with some interesting results. Stay tuned as our medical journey unfolds.

A huge thank you goes to Veronica and the UNSW Didi Aid Team. You were awesome plus. Also thanks for such positive evaluations at the end of the Didi Aid experience.

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