What We Do?

Our main aim is to improve the quality of education and to provide basic health to the unreached children of Nepal whilst using a sustainable holistic development approach where there are meaningful partnerships with all stakeholders.

Overview

GAN is dynamic organization which has been working exclusively in Nepal for two decades to help develop the education system and implement social change. We work to enhance the rising generation’s life chances in Nepal by widening its access to and participation in empowering, community sustaining, gender-equalising basic education and vocational skills development. We are registered with the Social Welfare Council in Nepal, and with the Charity Commission in the UK.

Our Team in Nepal

Staff

Anup Sharma

Anup Sharma

Resource Trainer

Balkrishna Pandey

Balkrishna Pandey

Resource Coordinator

Bibek Dhakal

Bibek Dhakal

Resource Trainer

Dil Maya Lama

Dil Maya Lama

Project Coordinator

Gopal Dhungel

Gopal Dhungel

Resource Trainer

Hari Dhar Pokhrel

Hari Dhar Pokhrel

Resource Trainer

Krishna Ram Duwal

Krishna Ram Duwal

Mentor

Maya Kurmari Sapkota

Maya Kurmari Sapkota

Professional Mentor

Min Prasad Rijal

Min Prasad Rijal

Project Coordinator

Pemba Tamang

Pemba Tamang

Programme Manager

Pramod Shrestha

Pramod Shrestha

Finance Coordinator

Raj Bhakta Dangol

Raj Bhakta Dangol

Programme Manager

Rajendra Sapkota

Rajendra Sapkota

Finance and Monitoring Manager

Rajeshwor Devkota

Rajeshwor Devkota

Education Programme Manager

Santosh Maharjan

Santosh Maharjan

Child Protection Expert

Srijana Bishwakarma

Srijana Bishwakarma

District Coordinator

Suresh Shrestha

Suresh Shrestha

Accounts

Yadav Prasad Bhusal

Yadav Prasad Bhusal

Project Coordinator

  • Anup Sharma
  • Balkrishna Pandey
  • Bibek Dhakal
  • Dil Maya Lama
  • Gopal Dhungel
  • Hari Dhar Pokhrel
  • Krishna Ram Duwal
  • Maya Kurmari Sapkota
  • Min Prasad Rijal
  • Pemba Tamang
  • Pramod Shrestha
  • Raj Bhakta Dangol
  • Rajendra Sapkota
  • Rajeshwor Devkota
  • Santosh Maharjan
  • Srijana Bishwakarma
  • Suresh Shrestha
  • Yadav Prasad Bhusal
  • Anup Sharma

    Anup Sharma is a resource trainer and holds a Masters degree in English Literature. He joined GAN in 2013 and has been dedicated to the Community Participation for Education and Child Protection Project ( CPECP), Shankarapur Municipality, Kathmandu. His major responsibility is teacher development aimed at transforming classroom teaching learning to help pupils to learn and participate in a safe environment.
  • Balkrishna Pandey

    Balkrishna Pandey is resource coordinator and has been working in Global Action Nepal (GAN) since 2013 December. He works on interactive teaching inside the classroom and strengthening teaching capacity in favour of child friendly environment.
  • Bibek Dhakal

    Bibek Dahal is a resource trainer and holds a Masters in Mathematics from School of Education, Kathmandu University. He has five years of teaching experience in public and private schools of Nepal, and has contributed in teacher training for improving mathematical learning achievement of students for more than a year through Activity Based Instruction (ABI) Nepal and School of Education.
  • Dil Maya Lama

    Dil Maya Lama is one of GAN’s project coordinators, and holds an MA in Rural Development .She has been associated with Global Action Nepal since 2015. She is responsible for several Projects in Lalitpur district; Earthquake Affected Schools Engagement and Link (EASEL), Income Generating in schools and Community.
  • Gopal Dhungel

    Gopal Dhungel Resource Trainer has a M. Ed. in ELT from Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University. He has worked in various non-government organisations for more than three years and has worked in private schools and colleges as an assistant teacher for four years.
  • Hari Dhar Pokhrel

    Hari Dhar Pokhrel is a resource trainer, and holds a Master’s degree in Education Planning and Management from Tribhuwan University. He has five years of teaching experience in public and private schools of Nepal and Thailand. He is experienced in ICT based teaching learning in ECD classes and also an expert in IT and School college management system of e-learning, and software.
  • Krishna Ram Duwal

    Krishna Ram Duwal has been a mentor with GAN’s Sisters 4 Sisters project for the past two years, and is working on a postgraduate degree in gender studies. He works with our mentor teams to ensure girls attend school and raises awareness of the value of girls' education through the organisation.
  • Maya Kurmari Sapkota

    Maya Kurmari Sapkota is a professional mentor for GAN’s Sisters' for Sisters project in Surkhet. Maya joined GAN in August 2013 and holds a degree in education studies. She is responsible for girls education in Surkhet school mobilising female youth and community volunteers.
  • Min Prasad Rijal

    Min Prasad Rijal Project Coordinator holds a Master’s degree in English Education from Tribhuvan University. He started in 2016 at GAN as a Project Coordinator in Dhankuta/Sunsari since 2016. Presently, he is working as a Cluster Resource Coordinator (CRC) in Sikles, Kaski. He has theoretical and practical experience of teaching English language from school to university level.
  • Pemba Tamang

    Mr. Tamang has been working in development sector for the past 12 years. He started his career as a volunteer. He worked in senior level positions in British, Irish, French and Swiss based I/NGOs. He worked as a Bilingual Teaching Assistant in the primary school for three years in the UK. His areas of expertise are: Project management, advocacy and policy implementation, capacity development, and HR.
  • Pramod Shrestha

    Pramod Shrestha is GAN finance coordinator and holds a Bachelor in Business administration at Nepal commerce campus. He has been involved in the Sisters for Sisters project and the CARIN Early Years Education project.
  • Raj Bhakta Dangol

    Raj Bhakta Dangol is a community education facilitator and a project manager for Sisters for Sisters'. He looks after the youth volunteer projects aimed at promoting girls’ education and mentoring.
  • Rajendra Sapkota

    Rajendra Sapkota is Finance and Monitoring Manager. He completed his Master’s degree in commerce with accounting and banking as major subjects. He started his professional career in a government project as an Accountant. He was a Language and Cross-culture Trainer/Coordinator for overseas people and also as a TOT trainer on a few specific subjects. He joined Global Action Nepal in May 2004 as Program Support Manager.
  • Rajeshwor Devkota

    Rajeshwor Devkota is a programme monitor and holds a Masters in Education. He joined in GAN in October 2016 and has experience across project management and alignment of projects for better results. He is familiar with issues of general education, technical and vocational education and training.
  • Santosh Maharjan

    Santosh Maharjan has been involved in the protection and promotion of children’s rights since his childhood. He started as a member of child club in this sector during his school days and today he is professionally established as child right advocate. He is passionate about creating safer society for children and assuring the active participation of the children.
  • Srijana Bishwakarma

    Srijana Bishwakarma is associated with GAN in Sisters for Sisters’ Education Project in Lamjung district of Nepal as district coordinator. Her major responsibility is to deliver project activities by mobilising project staff and mentoring 80 big sisters 36 adult champions.
  • Suresh Shrestha

    Suresh Shrestha maintains GAN accounts and reports to Finance and monitoring manager. He is responsible for GAN UK administration, the Big Lottery, Our Sansar and Human Practice Foundation.
  • Yadav Prasad Bhusal

    Yadav Prasad Bhusal is a project coordinator and holds an MA in social work. He is working for Sisters for Sisters’ girls’ education in Surkhet district. He looks after the financial management of staff, training and project activities.
  • Anup Sharma
  • Balkrishna Pandey
  • Bibek Dhakal
  • Dil Maya Lama
  • Gopal Dhungel
  • Hari Dhar Pokhrel
  • Krishna Ram Duwal
  • Maya Kurmari Sapkota
  • Min Prasad Rijal
  • Pemba Tamang
  • Pramod Shrestha
  • Raj Bhakta Dangol
  • Rajendra Sapkota
  • Rajeshwor Devkota
  • Santosh Maharjan
  • Srijana Bishwakarma
  • Suresh Shrestha
  • Yadav Prasad Bhusal

Board Members

BK Shrestha

BK Shrestha

Director/Founder

Dr Keshav Kumar Shrestha

Dr Keshav Kumar Shrestha

Vice President

Neera Shakya

Neera Shakya

Board Member

Nimdiki Sherpa

Nimdiki Sherpa

General Secretary

Dr Sanju Shrestha

Dr Sanju Shrestha

Chair

Sumitra Rai

Sumitra Rai

Treasurer

  • BK Shrestha
  • Dr Keshav Kumar Shrestha
  • Neera Shakya
  • Nimdiki Sherpa
  • Dr Sanju Shrestha
  • Sumitra Rai
  • BK Shrestha

    BK Shrestha is founder and director of Global Action Nepal. BK holds a Masters in Education Administration and Management and a BA in Law. He started his career with the US Peace Corps Nepal. BK also established Students Partnership Worldwide UK in Nepal and served as a country director.
  • Dr Keshav Kumar Shrestha

    Dr Keshav Kumar Shrestha is GAN vice president. He holds a PhD. in Anthropology and a Masters in Education and Administration. He has worked at Tribhuwan University in various capacities including advisor to the Vice Chancellor, Executive Director, Curriculum Development Centre, Research Committee Member of Humanity and Social Science, Member of Academic Council, Chairman of Subject Committee of Sociology, HSEB, Multimedia program development, Board Member of Quality Assurance and accreditation for Higher Education in Nepal.
  • Neera Shakya

    Neera Shakya is a GAN board member and holds a Masters in Administration & Supervision. A former joint secretary at the ministry of education, she also worked as a Regional Director in Nepal’s central region. She started her career as a District Education Officer, Secondary School Supervisor and Training Officer for the Ministry of Education, Nepal.
  • Nimdiki Sherpa

    Nimdiki Sherpa is GAN’s general secretary. She holds a Masters in business studies and has specific expertise in early year education particularly in Montessori. She started working as a manager in Medical Clinic and affiliated to Daleki School. At present, she is the founder and managing director for beads for life and founder Principal of the Modern Educare Montessori school.
  • Dr Sanju Shrestha

    Dr Sanju Shrestha is chair of Global Action Nepal. She holds a Phd in Physics and a BA in Science Education. Sanju started her carrier as a science teacher, and currently works as a lecturer at Tribhuwan University and a guest researcher at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
  • Sumitra Rai

    Sumitra Rai is GAN treasurer and holds a BA in Humanities and Social Sciences. She is working on gaining a Masters in Public Administration. Previously she worked for the British Council Nepal where she was Master Trainer for EDGE project.
  • BK Shrestha
  • Dr Keshav Kumar Shrestha
  • Neera Shakya
  • Nimdiki Sherpa
  • Dr Sanju Shrestha
  • Sumitra Rai

Our Team in UK

Staff

Katharine Lewis

Katharine Lewis

EASEL School Linking Programme Coordinator

Miranda Harington

Miranda Harington

UK Director

  • Katharine Lewis
  • Miranda Harington
  • Katharine Lewis

    I volunteered in Nepal in 1996-7 on a UNESCO-funded Gender & Sustainable Livelihoods programme before returning to complete a Masters Degree in Gender & Development. I feel a strong connection to Nepal and the Nepali people and have been back many times to visit. After working for several years in community development in Asia and the UK, I trained as an Early Years Teacher and began working at a small independent school in rural Cornwall. I became involved with GAN following the 2015 earthquakes when my school joined GAN’s EASEL programme and became linked with a school in the earthquake-affected area. In 2016 I took on the role of EASEL Programme Coordinator alongside my teaching role, and now work with schools across the UK and beyond to develop strong and meaningful links with schools in Nepal which were affected by the earthquakes.
  • Miranda Harington

    Miranda has worked in international development for 13 years, starting off her career in the UK Department for International Development, before moving into the NGO sector and working for MERLIN, and Amref Health Africa – most recently as the UK Director. With this Miranda has spent significant time in Sudan, Pakistan, Liberia and East Africa. Her expertise lies in programme and partnership management, proposal development, organisational strategy, senior leadership and finance. She has worked with key development and private partners such as Big Lottery, Comic Relief, EU, Accenture, GSK and Vodafone. Miranda spent 9 months in Nepal is 1999, volunteering for Prisoners Assistance Mission in Kathmandu. It was this experience that lead her into a career in international development.
  • Katharine Lewis
  • Miranda Harington

Board Members

Chris Sowton (Founder)

Chris Sowton

Founder

David Oglaza (Chair of Trustees)

David Oglaza

Chair of Trustees

Diana Henderson (Development and Programmes)

Diana Henderson

Development and Programmes

Ed King (Communications and Media)

Ed King

Communications and Media

Jaska Alanko (Strategy)

Jaska Alanko

Strategy

Karen Revel-Chion (Marketing and Communications)

Karen Revel-Chion

Marketing and Communications

Richard Wilkinson (Treasurer)

Richard Wilkinson

Treasurer

  • Chris Sowton (Founder)
  • David Oglaza (Chair of Trustees)
  • Diana Henderson (Development and Programmes)
  • Ed King (Communications and Media)
  • Jaska Alanko (Strategy)
  • Karen Revel-Chion (Marketing and Communications)
  • Richard Wilkinson (Treasurer)
  • Chris Sowton (Founder)

    I founded GAN back in 1996, having spent 8 months as a gap year volunteer in rural Solukhumbu. Having worked in many different roles in the education and international development sectors, for institutions such as Cambridge University and the St. John Ambulance, I will shortly be studying for a PhD which focuses on education in fragile states and post-disaster / emergency settings. I work with our team in Nepal primarily on developing and implementing our range of innovative education programmes. I founded and continue to work for GAN because I believe that every child has the right to a free, high-quality education in a clean, safe environment.
  • David Oglaza (Chair of Trustees)

    I volunteered for GAN as an English teacher Nepal 15 years ago and have been a keen supporter ever since. After a Master's Degree in Development studies specialising in Refugee Education, I have worked at Citizens Advice for the past 10 years on a range of initiatives, including working with refugees to reduce social exclusion and managing a team of debt advisors helping people with mental health problems. I was elected chair in 2016 to help guide and manage the growth of GAN and to maximise the impact of our work at minimum cost. I am a Trustee of GAN as I believe that education can give people a promising and secure future and it plays a major role in empowering marginalised girls.
  • Diana Henderson (Development and Programmes)

    I am an international development practitioner with over a decade of experience in the field that spans three continents. As a senior governance advisor I have advised on development assistance programming for major bilateral/ multilateral institutions and sector wide initiatives including programming for open data & government, domestic accountability/ transparency, legal sector reform & access to justice, public service delivery, EITI, local governance, anti-corruption and good governance. As a GAN Trustee I provide technical support and expertise on international development standards and practices to support our growth and overall impact. I am a trustee because education is a catalyst to change.
  • Ed King (Communications and Media)

    I joined Global Action Nepal as a trustee in January 2016, having enjoyed close links with a number of Nepali schools since 1998, and having visited the country on a number of occasions. A journalist by profession, I am the founding editor of Climate Home, a website focused on international climate and development politics. Previously I worked at the BBC for 10 years. I work with GAN on media and digital strategy, trying to publicise our work as widely as possible and engage with a large and diverse audience. I am a trustee because I believe all children deserve the best start in life, and I would like to play a role in making that happen in Nepal.
  • Jaska Alanko (Strategy)

    Having earlier worked in another, much larger charity on behalf of the Nepalese people, I was keen to become a trustee in GAN because of its empowering mission, educational focus and gender equalising, community-based approach. As a smaller, but growing organisation GAN is able to operate more flexibly, innovatively and effectively, which I find appealing having run my own business. My professional background was in international marketing and therefore I appreciate GAN’s ‘customer orientation’ i.e. always being led by what is of most value to the the disadvantaged people of Nepal in their challenging journey to greater economic and social liberation.
  • Karen Revel-Chion (Marketing and Communications)

    I joined the trustee board of GAN UK in May 2016. I became a trustee as I wanted to continue volunteering in the education sector, having previously been a Governor at a local primary school. Moreover, I also feel a strong connection with Nepal and the Himalayan area, having spent many weeks travelling and trekking in the area whilst I was living and working in Hong Kong. My working career has been entirely in the private sector, managing many well-loved food and drink brands. I am a marketing and communications specialist and hope to bring experience to help GAN achieve its vision and objectives in order to maximise our future potential.
  • Richard Wilkinson (Treasurer)

    My background is working in senior policy, governance and finance roles in both UK central government as well as in the charity sector. These have included spells at the Department for Education, in a national charity operating a number of schools, and in being a governor at an inner city primary school in London. I joined the GAN trustee board in January 2016 and I am the Treasurer. I became a trustee of GAN because of its very genuine focus on improving education, and in particular its emphasis on supporting gender equality, which means that it makes a really valuable contribution to improving the lives of many poor and marginalised people.
  • Chris Sowton (Founder)
  • David Oglaza (Chair of Trustees)
  • Diana Henderson (Development and Programmes)
  • Ed King (Communications and Media)
  • Jaska Alanko (Strategy)
  • Karen Revel-Chion (Marketing and Communications)
  • Richard Wilkinson (Treasurer)

Access to education is not the same as simply "going to school" - minimum levels of infrastructure and a child-friendly environment are fundamental requirements if children are to experience a complete education. Gender senstivity, an interactive pedagogy and opportunities for children to enhance the development of their social and emotional life skills are also critical. These factors are prerequisites for quality education, and to narrow the gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots" and create an equitable society.

GAN believes that children are not only the future of the country, but that they are also active citizens in the present, and the way in which real and lasting change must come about.

GAN'S 6 KEY OBJECTIVES

  • To improve the quality & relevance of basic school education;
  • To conduct research and advocacy in education and health realted sectors;
  • To ensure inclusion, access and equity for all children in basic health and education;
  • To develop the social and emotional life skills of children and young people;
  • To promote volunteerism and the exchange of culture through the involvement of national and international volunteers in the development process;
  • To protect human rights, focusing in particular on the rights of women and children.

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