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The Fund seeks to award grants for innovative projects which we recognize as cost effective and meeting our Fund's objectives. Below are samples of the types of projects we have supported. Estimates of cost are given. Links are also provided to actual funded projects which exemplify the specific type of activity.

Areas of concentration:

  • Education

  • Internship Support

  • Women's Empowerment & Skills Training

  • Support & Rehabilitation for the Elderly & Disabled




Scholarships for very poor children to attend school

The literacy rate in Nepal is among the lowest in Asia, particularly for girls. There is a great and urgent need to get children into school and ensure that they finish their education.


Village-based staff of community development organizations can quickly recognize the families that are truly poor and unable to send their children to school. These staff can recommend children for scholarships provided by our fund, and can encourage their parents in seeking this opportunity to enhance their child’s future.

Average project cost: $80-$150 per year per student 

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Internship Support

Support for bachelor level students to participate in health & social work activities

Throughout Dr. Harding’s career in Nepal, he focused upon training as one of the key factors in bringing about sustainable improvements in health and development in Nepal.


He and colleagues of the United Mission to Nepal developed and promoted programs to train auxiliary health workers, nurse midwives, nurses and community medical assistants, as well as local practitioners such as traditional birth attendants and healers. In addition, he encouraged on-the-job training, and established a model training center at Chapagaon Health Post outside of Kathmandu valley where health students from area campuses could receive practical training.  

Average project cost: $2500 per year


Women's Empowerment & Skills Training

Women’s Income Generation

As in many developing countries, in Nepal many women lack the opportunity to earn income for themselves and their families. Women who are illiterate, poor, widowed, abandoned, or disabled are particularly disadvantaged and often rejected by society.


Skill training projects aim to provide not only a livelihood, but also a heightened sense of self-esteem. Many worthy organizations in Nepal are offering marginalized women skill training -- from soap and candle-making, to tailoring and bead jewelry design -- and bringing about remarkable change in their lives.

Average project cost: $500 - $2000


Support & Rehabilitation for the Elderly & Disabled

Job Support for Persons with Disabilities

Some of the most marginalized in Nepali society are those with physical or mental disabilities. These people are often forgotten or ignored, unable to access services that we would consider basic human rights.  Slowly, attention is being given to providing more opportunities for education and vocational skill development, but the challenges are great -- due in large part to the difficulties of geography, superstition and poverty.


Likewise, challenges abound for an increasing number of elderly people in the country, especially in the urban centers, where the traditional support of the extended family is disappearing.

Average project cost: $500 - $2000

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