Didi’s Cooking School

Didi’s Cooking School

We’re creating a new cooking school on the second floor at Didi HQ’s which is in partnership with an Australian Government AusAid Grant.

The cooking school will be constructed on the 2nd floor of the new DIDI Headquarters in Mulpani, Kathmandu Nepal and will:

  • provide employment opportunities for graduating marginalised and deaf students
  • provide opportunities for disadvantaged women and single mums to learn culinary skills (we now have the creche to support young mums)
  • provide workplace training opportunities
  • provide employment opportunities
  • be income generating for Didi Nepal
    (we already have orders for hundreds of cupcakes)

I am sure you will agree that partnering with the Australian Government and flying the Australian logo will empower Didi Foundation to move forward in 2019-20. It will support our aims to provide vocational life skills programs and to encourage the development of independent and sustainable futures for more women.


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Opening of new Didi HQ

25th April 2019 was a very auspicious day for all of us here in Kathmandu and for the Didi Foundation

  • It was 4 years, to the day, since the tragic Nepalese earthquake of 2015
  • It was Anzac Day, a special time for commemoration
  • AND it was the opening of our new Didi Foundation HQ, which is a symbol of hope, growth, equality and empowerment through education.

The Australian Ambassador to Nepal, His Excellency Pete Budd and his wife Emma Stone attended the lavish ceremony and he unveiled the inauguration stone of the new Didi Headquarters. The ceremony was attended by:

  • Municipality Mayor Krishna Hari Thapa, who was acknowledged for his continued support. He was joined by other senior local government ministers and dignitaries
  • 18 Australian guests joined us in Mulpani Kathmandu for the grand opening
  • Over 250 women gathered to celebrate the opening and hung on to every word that spoke of their opportunities for empowerment.

The 25th April will always be a significant day in the growth of the Didi Foundation and congratulations must go to the Didi Nepal team for their effort in creating such a celebratory day.

Regardless of race, colour or caste we are CREATING A FUTURE AND CHANGING A DESTINY for hundreds of women in Nepal.

See more photos of the event: Grand Opening of new Didi HQ
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Australian Aid Friendship Grant to build new cooking school

Here at Didi Headquarters, we’ve been biting-at-the-bit to share with you some really exciting news. So here goes… drum roll…

The Didi Foundation is the recipient of a $35,000 Australian Aid: Friendship Grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to construct a cooking school at our new Didi Headquarters.

The cooking school will:

  • provide employment opportunities for graduating deaf students
  • provide opportunities for disadvantaged women and single mums to bake products for sale at home
    (we now have the creche to support young mums)
  • be income generating for Didi Nepal
    (we already have orders for hundreds of cupcakes)

I am sure you will agree that partnering with the Australian Government for this new project and flying their logo is a fitting finale to an awesome 2018 and augurs well for a bright future for The Didi Foundation’s vision to provide life skills programs to encourage the development of sustainable futures.

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



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


2018 Didi Aid team at Ramechhap School

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!


Didi HQ Appeal reaches target


We did it!

We are really excited that the Didi Building Appeal target of $30,000 has been reached and Stage 1 of the project is nearing completion.

Our Didi team would really like to thank every person, club and group who donated to this project. Your generosity will empower so many highly disadvantaged women and give them an opportunity to succeed.

This project would not have come in on budget and on time if it was not for our awesome Nepali team who have worked tirelessly and been there to count every brick and every item on delivery. Thanks go to Sudip Koirala and Jagdish Koirala, and a special thank you to the girls in our team, Jyoti Dhal and Laxmi Koirala, who make it all possible.

The internal fitting of the building has commenced and courses will begin in the new centre in late October. The new Didi Vocational Centre has been officially registered and this will now entitle us to undertake government funded certificate courses. The official opening will be held on 25th April 2019.

Stay tuned for Stage 2 when we take the next step forward and construct the top floor and will need to raise another AUD $30,000.

We are so honoured to have such wonderful and dedicated supporters who believe in THE DIDI FOUNDATION.

Didi HQ building update

The first floor slab was poured last week and once the concrete has cured, the brickwork will commence for the first floor. It’s very exciting to watch the building grow and I look forward to posting more pictures very soon.

$22,000 to go

My thanks to these kind people who have supported our building appeal

  • Carolyn’s $150.00 purchased 600 bricks
  • Tracey who purchased 2,000 bricks
  • Cararoo Foundation that contributed $3,000 towards windows

Would you like to donate TAX DEDUCTIBLE Bricks?

$20 (80 bricks), would be more than appreciated.


Your continued support is such a blessing. Jan

Visit our Building Appeal page