Australian’s Anne and James Digby met Shreeram Adhikari whilst on their honeymoon in Nepal in 2004 and struck up an immediate and lasting friendship. James returned to Nepal in 2011 to volunteer with Child Reach Nepal and Anne, a midwife, came in 2012 to volunteer with the independent, midwife-led APS birth centre.
Journey Nepal began as Healthcare Helping Nepal in 2012 and was founded to help support APS birth centre. The initial idea was to bring interested health professionals and students to visit and help out with the various partner organisations, especially the birth centre.
Not long after the initial trip, Anne and Shree developed the plan for Journey Nepal. The name came from the literal and metaphorical journey of the trip participants. Journey Nepal is a registered social welfare organisation in Nepal, and the fundraising arm is Journey Nepal Foundation which is a registered Charity in Australia.
Until the earthquakes of April 2015, Journey Nepal was running an accommodation refuge for women and their children who had escaped violence. The building survived the earthquakes but damage to the drainage systems meant the building was severely flooded when the monsoons came and had to be closed.
Immediately following the earthquakes, our team mobilised and delivered tons of rice, hundreds of tents and building supplies and whiteboards for damaged schools. We were in the remote areas within 6 days and were the first agency in many villages in the hardest hit areas.
Since that time we are working hard to achieve sustainability and not have to rely on donations from other countries. In January 2016 the Nepal Cooking School was established to provide Nepali cooking classes to tourists, of which 100% of the profit goes to funding Journey Nepal projects.
Journey Nepal Foundation Limited is a Public Company registered with Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC). The Australian Company Number is 603 790 914 (www.asic.gov.au)
Our Australian business number (ABN) registered with Australian Taxation Office is 26 603 790 914 (http://abr.business.gov.au/)
And Journey Nepal Foundation Limited is registered by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Journey Nepal Charities Comm Reg