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 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

Board Member

  • 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

    Subarna K. Karmacharya

    Board Member

  • 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)

Rajesh Giri

Rajesh Giri

District Coordinator (S4S)

Manahari Ghimire

Manahari Ghimire

Teacher Training Coordinator (S4S)

Jeni Maharjan

Jeni Maharjan

Community Engagement and Leadership 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

Education and Child Protection Focal (PEAK)

Khageshwori Bohora

Khageshwori Bohora

Community Engagement and Leadership Coordinator (S4S)

Narayan Ghimire

Narayan Ghimire

Team Leader

Jagdish Lekhak

Jagdish Lekhak

 Resource Trainer

Kritika Dawadi

Kritika Dawadi

Resource Trainer

Junu Buddhi Gurung

Junu Buddhi Gurung

Community Education Facilitator (PFC)

Sharmila Maharjan

Sharmila Maharjan

Admin / Finance Manager

Pujan Shakya

Pujan Shakya

Project Officer (PFC)

  • Santosh Maharjan
  • Binod Bhatta
  • Sujat Sharmaneera
  • Krishna Prasad Adhikari
  • Rajesh Giri
  • Manahari Ghimire
  • Jeni Maharjan
  • Bindu Devi Gurung
  • Pramod Shrestha
  • Suresh Shrestha
  • Yadav Prasad Bhusal
  • Khageshwori Bohora
  • Narayan Ghimire
  • Jagdish Lekhak
  • Kritika Dawadi
  • 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

    Project Manager (CPECP)

  • Sujat Sharmaneera

    Sujat Sharmaneera

    Project Manager (S4S)

  • Krishna Prasad Adhikari

    Krishna Prasad Adhikari

    District Coordinator (S4S)

  • Rajesh Giri

    Rajesh Giri

    District Coordinator (S4S)

  • Manahari Ghimire

    Manahari Ghimire

    Teacher Training Coordinator (S4S)

  • Jeni Maharjan

    Jeni Maharjan

    Community Engagement and Leadership Coordinator (S4S)

  • Bindu Devi Gurung

    Bindu Devi Gurung

    Monitoring, Evaluation and Documentation

  • 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 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.
  • Khageshwori Bohora

    Khageshwori Bohora

    Community Engagement and Leadership Coordinator (S4S)

  • Narayan Ghimire

    Narayan Ghimire

    Team Leader

  • Jagdish Lekhak

    Jagdish Lekhak

     Resource Trainer

  • Kritika Dawadi

    Kritika Dawadi

    Resource Trainer

  • Junu Buddhi Gurung

    Junu Buddhi Gurung

    Community Education Facilitator (PFC)

  • Sharmila Maharjan

    Sharmila Maharjan

    Admin / Finance Manager

  • Pujan Shakya

    Pujan

    Project Officer

  • Santosh Maharjan
  • Binod Bhatta
  • Sujat Sharmaneera
  • Krishna Prasad Adhikari
  • Rajesh Giri
  • Manahari Ghimire
  • Jeni Maharjan
  • Bindu Devi Gurung
  • Pramod Shrestha
  • Suresh Shrestha
  • Yadav Prasad Bhusal
  • Khageshwori Bohora
  • Narayan Ghimire
  • Jagdish Lekhak
  • Kritika Dawadi
  • 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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