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 social 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 at Kathmandu District Administration Office with affiliation with the Social Welfare Council in Nepal, and with the Charity Commission in the UK.

Our Team in Nepal

Board Members

BK Shrestha

BK Shrestha

Director/Founder

Dr Keshav Kumar Shrestha

Dr Keshav Kumar Shrestha

Chair Person

Neera Shakya

Neera Shakya

Vice Chair Person

Sumitra Rai

Sumitra Rai

Treasurer

Nimdiki Sherpa

Nimdiki Sherpa

General Secretary

Subarna

Subarna K. Karmacharya

Executive Board Member GAN Nepal

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Subarna

    Mr. Subarna Kumar Karmacharya is GAN Executive Board Member. He holds Master's degree in Public Administration (Development Admn.), Master's in Education (Curriculum Evaluation) and B. L from Tribhuwan University. He has completed Diploma in Social Leadership from SERSOLIN, Xavier University, Philippines.

    He is formal Director of National Human Rights Commission-Nepal. He worked at various capacities including Departmental chief of Admin./ Finance, Policy Planning, HR Advocacy and promotion, and Coordination Dept. He also worked as Regional director of Eastern Regional office, Biratnagar and Central Regional office, Janakpur.

    He started his career as Secondary School Teacher for 10 years. Then he joined Rastriya Banijya Bank and acquired experience in HRM, International Trade Finance, Training and Development activities, Branch operation management and also worked as Branch manager in different branch offices and retired from the position of Deputy Chief Officer. At present, he is Founder and Chairman of Jagriti Academy Secondary School, Kathmandu Metropolitan city- 32, Koteshwor.

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

Staff

Santosh Maharjan

Santosh Maharjan

Program Support Manager / Child Protection Expert

Binod Bhatta

Binod Bhatta

Project Manager (CPECP)

Sujat Sharmaneera

Sujat Sharmaneera

Project Manager (S4S)

Krishna Prasad Adhikari

Krishna Prasad Adhikari

District Coordinator (S4S)

Bindu Devi Gurung

Bindu Devi Gurung

Monitoring, Evaluation and Documentation

Pramod Shrestha

Pramod Shrestha

Project Finance Manager (S4S)

Suresh Shrestha

Suresh Shrestha

Admin, Coordinator

Yadav Prasad Bhusal

Yadav Prasad Bhusal

Khageshwori Bohora

Khageshwori Bohora

District Coordinator S4S

Jagdish Lekhak

Jagdish Lekhak

 Resource Trainer

Junu Buddhi Gurung

Junu Buddhi Gurung

Sharmila Maharjan

Sharmila Maharjan

Admin. & Finance Manager, GAN Nepal

Pujan Shakya

Pujan Shakya

Project Officer (PFC)

  • Santosh Maharjan
  • Binod Bhatta
  • Sujat Sharmaneera
  • Krishna Prasad Adhikari
  • Bindu Devi Gurung
  • Pramod Shrestha
  • Suresh Shrestha
  • Yadav Prasad Bhusal
  • Khageshwori Bohora
  • Jagdish Lekhak
  • Junu Buddhi Gurung
  • Sharmila Maharjan
  • Pujan Shakya
  • 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.
  • Binod Bhatta

    Binod Bhatta holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology. He has been working as the project manager for Community Participation for Education and Child Protection (CPECP) project implemented by Global Action Nepal at Shankharapur municipality, Kathmandu. He manages the project activities in achieving the intended results by planning, implementing, monitoring activities, coordinating the stakeholders.

    He has widespread professional work experience in the development sectors includes education, child protection, livelihood, health and nutrition.

  • Sujat Sharmaneera

    Sujat Sharmanera works as the Project Manager for Sisters for Sisters' Education Project II in Global Action Nepal. He holds a Master's Degree in Sociology. His key role in the project is to manage the activities under Sisters for Sisters' project both in Lamjung and Surkhet districts. He has a decade long experience in teaching and development sector and a wide range of experience in working with youth volunteers.

  • Krishna Prasad Adhikari

    Krishna Pd. Adhikari works as the district coordinator for Sisters for Sisters’ Education-II project implemented by Global Action Nepal in Lamjung district. He has 15 years of experience in development sector. He holds Masters’ in Education. He leads overall coordination and management at district level for the smooth execution of project activities. He is also responsible for improved access to quality education along the education continuum, empowerment process of youth girls (big sisters) and marginalized adolescent girls (Little sisters) to either secure as safe livelihood or continue their education.

  • Bindu Devi Gurung

    Bindu Gurung holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science and currently works as M & E Officer in Lamjung for Sisters' for Sisters Education Project. Her key role is to support district team in monitoring, information gathering and documentations of qualitative and quantitative data to serve as the guide for decision making by the team and the project as a whole.

  • 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.
  • 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 works as the Education and Child Protection Focal Point for Partnership for Equity and Access in Kapilbastu (PEAK) project of Global Action Nepal. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education. His key role is to provide technical support in project intervention and handling child rights/protection issues. He has 16 years’ of experience in development sector with expertise on child rights and protection issues.

  • Khageshwori Bohora

    Khageshwari Bohara, a residence is Mahendranagar, Kanchanpur Farwest has master's degree in English literature from Ratna Rajya Campus, Kathmandu (TU affiliated). I like to look at myself as a genuine, thoughtful young lady. I’m a hard worker; I believe nothing is ever handed to you so you have to work hard to get it. I have a calm attitude. I don’t really show anger or sadness much I always smile because I’m optimistic about life.

    She started working as a development worker from Oxfam Nepal in 2017 and is working as a Community Engagement and Leadership Coordinator at Global Action Nepal’s Sisters for Sisters Education Program-2 since April 2018.

  • Jagdish Lekhak

    Jagadish Lekhak is a Resource Trainer. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology. He is dedicated to the Community Participation for Education and Child Protection (CPECP) project, Shankharapur municipality, Kathmandu. His major responsibilities are to facilitate in conducting project activities, institutionalizing child clubs for its effective mobilization in schools for their participation including facilitating schools for creating child friendly teaching learning environment in early grades, and he is also responsible for creating community collaborative learning platform through strengthening community learning centers.

    He has been in Global Action Nepal since January 2018. He has experience of working in various organizations of more than 10 years in the education related organizations.

  • Junu Buddhi Gurung

    Junu Gurung has been working as a Community Education Facilitator for Global Action Nepal (GAN). Her key role in GAN is to engage with child clubs and women’s group of the local community to empower them and to increase quality teacher’s networks to create learning community environment through ‘Teacher Mobile Clinic’.

  • Sharmila Maharjan

    Sharmila Maharjan has been working as the Admin and Finance Manager (AFM) at Global Action Nepal (GAN) since April 2018. As an AFM she has been involved in different projects of GAN like PEAK, CPECP, V4D, ICS and GAN mainstream. She has a decade long experience in admin and finance sector of national and international organizations.

    Her major responsibilities are to facilitate and monitor project finance staffs, coordinating with donors’ finance team, facilitate audit and other administrative works.

  • Pujan Shakya

    Project Officer
    Pujan Shakya is the project officer for Play for Change (PFC) project. He started his career in social services by connecting with the Nature Club and Global Action Nepal that has helped him to gain professional knowledge.

  • Santosh Maharjan
  • Binod Bhatta
  • Sujat Sharmaneera
  • Krishna Prasad Adhikari
  • Bindu Devi Gurung
  • Pramod Shrestha
  • Suresh Shrestha
  • Yadav Prasad Bhusal
  • Khageshwori Bohora
  • Jagdish Lekhak
  • Junu Buddhi Gurung
  • Sharmila Maharjan
  • Pujan Shakya

Our Team in UK

Board Members

Chris Sowton (Founder)

Chris Sowton

Founder

David Oglaza (Chair of Trustees)

David Oglaza

Chair of Trustees

Jaska Alanko (Strategy)

Jaska Alanko

Strategy

Richard Wilkinson (Treasurer)

Richard Wilkinson

Treasurer

  • Chris Sowton (Founder)
  • David Oglaza (Chair of Trustees)
  • Jaska Alanko (Strategy)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Jaska Alanko (Strategy)
  • 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 sensitivity, 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 related 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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