Our History

REED Nepal started the development initiatives since its establishment via Teacher Training Quality Education Programs.REED Nepal formally started its long-term development works after signing both general and project agreements with the Social Welfare Council in 2005. Focusing on ground level’s works partnering with basic level teachers, communities, families and children of Solukhumbu and Taplejung, it mainly worked in educational paradigm for a long time. Gradually, it expanded its services  in 12 districts after the growing demand of stakeholders.

REED Nepal had its own humble origin. We began our journey from rural communities of Solukhumbu and now, we have expanded our services to transform the lives of millions of children in many districts by focusing on Education, Construction,WASH, DRR, GESI, Learning & Life Skills, Environment and Climate Change,Child Protection.

Sir Edmund Hillary spent many years in Nepal’s mountainous ranges before and after his pioneering summit with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Through his time, he established a deep connection with the country and its people.  In 1960, after a long day of mountaineering with Gregory Lowe, a New Zealand teacher and fellow team members of the first Everest summit decided to give something back to the community.

In 1961, Sir Hillary opened the doors from the first school establishment in Solukhumbu district and welcomed a group of poor and scruffy-looking children with an opportunity of receiving formal classroom education. This idea was inspired by conversations with Sherpa Urkein who expressed the need for his people to understand the world and the impact development has on his community.

In 1990, the seeds of REED-Nepal were sowed from an idea to train teachers by Gregory and Mary Lowe. Sir Edmund Hillary’s Trust began their first teacher training program in 1994 under the leadership of Jim Strang, a New Zealand climber. The success of the program was undeniable and led to the creation of REED-Nepal in 2000. With Jim and his Nepali colleagues ( Bhim Bahadur Bogati, Sherap Sherpa, Madan Khanal) conducted the teacher training programs to receive the meaningful financial assistance from sister organizations of the UK, New Zealand, UNICEF and Australia, and gained official government support to empower many Nepali teachers. Jim has been recognized for his contribution in civil service with Queen’s Service Medal of New Zealand, and he continued to work with REED-Nepal and the teacher training programs.

Applying innovation, today, REED has been serving into many communities of Nepal.We invited the volunteers from Australia,New Zealand, UK, USA and many other countries of world to bring innovation into our programmatic approaches. Likewise, we extended our partnership with Western Sydney University for Research & Development support via internship program lately after its first strategic plan in 2017. We emphasize into new regions and commit to fullest integrating a monitoring and evaluation discipline into our work. To meet our bold goals, we launch into 10 more districts of Nepal. Envisioning our future road map, we are focusing on outcomes and scaling the impact to deepen and broaden our reach. To scale further, we establish Training & Research department for research and development activities as well as for internal resource generation and sustaining the future growth for big goals.

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