My name is Jody Dontje and I am the Founder of “The Help Nepal Appeal”. I am a P-10 Teacher who is passionate about making a positive difference in the world through empowering others.
At the end of 2014, I travelled with a university group to volunteer in a low-socioeconomic region of Nepal. I was able to work with a number of Nepali people to renovate and teach English to students in Chaukot, semi-rural Nepal. There are moments in life where we find true happiness, true reason, and true belonging. This was my moment; I fell in love with helping people in need. This is why, after the devastating earthquakes ripped through Nepal on April 25th, 2015, I knew I had to do something. This is when “The Help Nepal Appeal” was born.
The appeal has supported thousands of Nepali people through affiliations with various non-for-profit organisations, where 100% of funding goes towards helping the men, women and children in Nepal.
“The Help Nepal Appeal” is supported by and affiliated with:
- One Million Tree Challenge (Founder Alok Das).
- Federation University Australia.
- The Shauna Rose Kaufman Foundation.
- SERC School (Special Education & Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children).
- Bandipur UNESCO (a United Nations Organisation in Nepal).
- Integrated Effort for Development Nepal (Founder Ranjeev Shrestha).
“The Help Nepal Appeal” makes a difference through empowerment (learn more about how we empower here).
“The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have”.
Dhanyabad (thank-you) all kindly,
“Having such a detailed program helped a lot with what to expect/do each day- Seeing the Nepali students sing, draw and dance was a highlight, they were so passionate and happy- it was beautiful to see them get more comfortable with us as the days went by. [Another highlight was] becoming friends with some amazing Nepali people that were involved in the program. In future it would be great to return to Nepal and see progress and help again.”
“The program was so much fun, and I believe we were able to make a difference for the kids of the bamboo school- The highlights for me would have been teaching the year 5-7 students- The kids were so engaged and were very fun to teach. They responded positively and I believe they really enjoyed our time with them. All the THNA members we had dealings with were awesome- Everyone was helpful, kind and certainly knowledgeable. They went beyond what I expected!
Just a big thank-you to the THNA team! You guys do amazing stuff and I'm so impressed, keep up the great work.”
“That was great in Kathmandu! The school was fab [and are] working hard- the classes were so keen to listen. The head asked us back! So we will definitely come over and do [more programs] with you. Drama / English / TELF / any Education / or just assist in kitchen duties / build houses etc. Whatever you want us to arrange is not a problem- Keep up the good work!”
When planning my return trip to Nepal in October 2016 I knew I wanted to volunteer and support an organisation aligned to my values of transparency and not for profit, far too many charities use valuable donations for administration costs. I also knew I wanted to work at a grassroots level not for a large organisation, I had seen on my previous trip the positive impact of those who work at this level and not held back by excessively complicated procedures and of course I wanted an organisation that utilised social media as a way to spread the news of the work they did, for me The Help Nepal Appeal and the passion and dedication of Jody (the founder) was absolutely what I was looking for.
So if like me you want to make a difference in some way, whether within your home country fundraising or visiting and volunteering in a country like Nepal I highly recommend the work of The Help Nepal Appeal, having spent 1 month volunteering and supporting them in Nepal I have seen first hand the incredible work they do and urge you to take that first step today, contact them and see how you could help 'truly make a difference'.