What Makes Us Different?

Who We Are

 

Key Achievements last year

  • We helped 2,033 street, working and at-risk children
  • Child labour in Pokhara reduced by 50%
  • We provided health education to 1,224 young people
  • 2,171 children were supported into education
  • 483 out-of-school children received tailored non-formal education
  • We provided protective shelter for 160 girl victims of sexual abuse
  • 269 children were removed from the streets, labour or exploitative situations
Kidasha is a UK-registered charity that supports severely disadvantaged children living in crisis and chronic poverty in Nepal. We focus on those children beyond the reach of existing services and support including:

  • Children and families living in chronic poverty in urban slums
  • Children and mothers living in marginalised rural communities
  • Child victims of neglect, abuse, trafficking and exploitation
  • Children out of family care, particularly street and working children
  • Children and families at risk of crisis

Kidasha wants to enable socially and economically excluded children to fulfil their potential by improving their wellbeing, supporting their development and reducing the impact of discrimination and social injustice. Its staff in the UK and Nepal work with local partners to build quality projects with lasting effects for children and families at grassroots level.

Established in 1997, Kidasha empowers communities and implements projects on a local level. It strives to be different from other organisations in that it doesn’t aim to give short-term benefits to large numbers of children, but instead focusses on using innovative and tailored approaches to help the most at-risk children make real long-term changes in their lives.

Meet the team

Senior Management Team:

Janice Miller – Chief Executive

After more than 20 years working in a variety of senior roles in large multinational organisations within the private sector, Janice was inspired to change career after time spent volunteering in Peru. Using her prior experience she worked as a consultant, specialising in organisational restructuring and turnaround for smaller UK charities and social enterprises. She joined the Kidasha board in this capacity in 2010 and was made CEO in April 2011.

Jeremy Southon – Country Representative / Programme Manager

After studying in Edinburgh, Jeremy originally went to Kathmandu for 6 months to develop an outreach programme with street-connected children, 15 years later he is still there. Initially working with VSO developing programmes for street children in Kathmandu, he went on to work with a number of international organisations, including UNICEF, on juvenile justice and child protection issues before joining Kidasha in 2006 and moving to Pokhara. Jeremy has authored a number of research articles on street-connected children for UNESCO and Save the Children.

Hitman Gurung – Programme Support Manager

Hitman is Kidasha’s main contact for government agencies and other external stakeholders in Nepal. He has almost 15 years’ experience working in the civic sector in Nepal and has worked for Kidasha for over 10 years. He was one of the first to do research on children trafficked from Nepal into circuses. He has two sons and newborn daughter.

Basanta Parajuli – Financial Controller

A qualified Chartered Accountant in both Nepal and the UK, Basanta has more than 18 years of experience in finance, and has successfully overseen the financial management of numerous bilateral and multilateral projects within the NGO sector.

Andrew Clarke – Technical Advisor

Andrew is a paediatric nurse and public health specialist. He has held clinical, management and advisory roles in international child health and development for nearly 20 years and joined Kidasha in 2006. Andrew also teaches and publishes papers on the subjects of international health, children’s rights and child protection.

Board of Trustees

Nick Barry (Chair)

Nick is a proud Welshman who has been married to Anne for 38 years and has two wonderful children. Throughout his career he has worked in public service either through working for the DHSS/DSS/DWP or through private sector contracts to the DWP. His interest in Nepal increased considerably after volunteering and living in Kathmandu for two years. He is passionate about providing the children of Nepal with as much support as possible. He says "My personal experience has shown me how hard life is for the vast majority of Nepali young people and I am humbled to be able to help support an organisation that strives to offer protection and hope." Nick joined the board in Spring 2016 and became chair of the board in December 2016.

Julie Yogasundram

Julie has over 30 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector, more than 20 years of which was at director level. Much of her career has been in the social housing sector with an emphasis on developing new services and organisations designed to facilitate independence for people with support needs. From 2007, Julie spent two years working as an organisational development adviser with a Nepali human rights charity in Kathmandu. She joined the board in 2012 and acted as chair from 2013 - December 2016.

Ishaan Chilkoti

Ishaan works with entrepreneurs and start-ups, helping them to formulate successful business strategies. Before this he worked in private equity, investing in mid-sized companies in the UK. Ishaan joined the Kidasha Board in late 2014.

Dipak Karki

Dipak was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and moved to the UK as a child. He has over 20 years of banking and financing experience, including 16 years working for the Royal Bank of Scotland, where latterly he was Head of Shipping Coverage for various regions in both investment and corporate banking divisions.  Since leaving RBS in 2015, he has been providing advice and consultancy on maritime financing and loan facilities. Dipak still has family living in Nepal and has good connections with the Nepali Diaspora in the UK. He is also Head of Colts Cricket at Haywards Heath and Founder and Chairman of the Wivelsfield Bonfire Society.

Elizabeth Waterman

Elizabeth is an Occupational Therapist with nearly 40 years professional experience covering a range of specialties including paediatrics. She has broad business experience having built and then run the largest independent Occupational Therapy practice in the country. This combined with being a chartered company secretary gives her a unique range of business skills. She is a past trustee and Vice Chairman of the College of Occupational Therapists. Elizabeth has been involved with her husband John in fundraising for Kidasha since the charities inception and has visited Nepal on three extended trips visiting many of its projects. Elizabeth joined the board in March 2016.
We are always looking to meet enthusiastic and committed Trustees who would like to join our team. Contact enquiries@kidasha.org for info.

London and Nepal Staff

Kidasha has offices in London and Pokhara, Nepal. The small London team provides overall governance, management and fundraising support. Kidasha’s programme teams are located in Pokhara and made up of locally recruited staff. They have in-depth, firsthand knowledge of the situation on the ground in Nepal. Further, some of our employees are former beneficiaries with direct experience of the issues we work in and the impact we have.

Our location within the heart of the communities we work with in Nepal, allows us to conduct firsthand research to inform our work with partner organisations, to build quality projects which have a sustained impact. At a grassroots level we directly provide support to children and families. At a national level, we work to influence and improve government policy. Internationally, we are members of the Consortium for Street-Children dedicated to realising the rights of street children globally.

London office:

Janice Miller – Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Clarke – Technical Adviser
Melody Fuller – Finance Officer
Emily Agodzo – Marketing Manager
Caroline Emlyn Jones – Fundraiser
Nadine Grieve – Fundraiser

Pokhara office:

Jeremy Southon – Country Representative / Programme Manager
Hitman Gurung – Programme Support Manager
Basanta Raj Parajuli – Finance Controller
Sachin Shakya – Programme Officer
Ramesh Bastola – Programme Officer
Sanjaya Atreya – Project Advisor
Sabin Udas – Admin & Finance Officer
Shanti B.K. – Office Helper
Tanka Prasad Shrestha – Driver/Office Assistant

The Team