Kay Garnay for Nepal was founded by Amanda Summers, a retired American who fell in love with the country. The agency wasn’t meant to grow too much, just to help the people to help themselves.
The agency helped to build 50 earthquake shelters, hosted computer and other workshops to improve the lives of the local people, collected funds, computers and books. Rather than take on these challenges alone, it is the goal for this NGO to not ‘reinvent the wheel’ but work side by side with other agencies and motivated individuals to help as needed.
During this pandemic we ‘adopted’ a few families to help them along on their paths. One family was an abandoned woman with a prepubescent son whose husband had abandoned them just a few months prior to the lock-down. We hired her and housed her and the boy. We also sponsored the boy in a private school for the year. Another family we helped during this time was a sarangi street salesman who worked in Kathmandu for many years. He went back to his village and we provided small donations to him so he could have food for him and his son. He is a widower and hasn’t had work throughout this time. Additionally, we found a family with a 16 year old son who is unable to walk due to a birth defect, two clubbed feet. We’ve been helping them with a small stipend for their support.
Our latest project was to collect funds to feed the poor in Kathmandu. The small NGO fed the blind and other disabled people, pregnant women and many families who came to collect rations of rice, lentil, oil and salt to take home to feed their families. We collected over $1,500 for the agency, Menz Foundation of Kathmandu. It was heartening to be able to bring funding into Nepal for the project.
What is Kay Garnay for Nepal’s plan from here? We have been helping local, young people to learn computer skills with the hope of creating a Nepalese outsourcing center for companies all over the world. Although it’s taken us several attempts to find the right person to get this project working, we have someone training for this now that seems to be the right person for the project.
We’ve also been developing our Youtube channel, What About Nepal? This channel is used to help promote tourism, as well as to teach video/photography skills to young people here in the Kathmandu Valley in order to give them a career option, work experience and to help us promote Nepal.
We have need of volunteers who would like to help Nepal in one way or another. We are looking for people who can create a project and bring some good to the people here. We also have plans to build a website to export Nepali products to support our projects. We need someone to help us with the intricacies of web development and promotion.
We also need things to be brought from the west, such as used computers, used children’s books and such. The mail system in Nepal is very poor, so we prefer to have things brought by volunteers and will give work credit or cash for the items. Although it’s great if people bring some warm clothing for people in the high Himalayas, we do not suggest just bringing anything in the way of used clothing. Many western styles are not culturally appropriate, so only high quality, warm clothing is needed-such as warm boots or snow suits and warm jackets.
What we offer volunteers:
We offer a lovely room for either one or two volunteers and meals. We also take them with us on weekly excursions to Kathmandu, and pay for the car for the day. Unless our volunteer does some camera work or research for their project they will need to pay for their own lunch while we are out.
We ask either that our volunteer does some work before they get here in the way of fundraising or computer work or have a plan to work when they get here. We go out weekly for shopping and site-seeing in Kathmandu. There is a lot to see and do right here in the Kathmandu Valley, but we also like to go outside the valley to explore Nepal. We take our volunteers with us and actually plan an excursion for our volunteers to reward them at the end of their stay and pay for some or all of the expenses. This is to be determined by the success and hard work of our volunteer. Last year we paid 100% of expenses for one of our volunteers to go to Pokhara with us and partial expenses for the other one who had not helped as much as we had hoped. But that happens; we appreciate whatever our volunteers are able to do for Nepal.