Friends of Nepal provides a framework for our membership to stay connected to each other and to Nepal, while continuing to help in the development of Nepal in concrete ways. Most of our members are returned Peace Corps Volunteers from Nepal or former Peace Corps Nepal staff, but anyone with an interest in being a Friend of Nepal is welcome to join.
2015 Annual Report
The April 2015 earthquake changed everything. Friends of Nepal immediately turned our attention away from general development projects and towards emergency earthquake relief. Within a few days of the earthquake we sent $30,000 to Patan Hospital, to help defray the costs of treating earthquake victims from all over the valley. We set up a short-term donation drive which drew in about $80,000 in the first two weeks, and over $100,000 total. Not bad for a group of only 101 members!
We spent $82,000 of the earthquake relief funding in 2015, and the rest was allocated in early 2016, to go towards the rebuilding effort. As an all-volunteer organization, we were able to spend 95% of our money on grants to Nepal, and only 5% on administrative expenses such as bank fees, the newsletter, and printing costs for our annual mailing.