VSA began working in Nepal in 1968 with a programme that focused on health, education and agriculture. In 1988 VSA discontinued working in Nepal. Since 2014, VSA began sending volunteers to Nepal through our Business Development partnerships with international not for profits. Today, our volunteers work alongside Save the Children New Zealand. Together, they support food security and improving the livelihoods of children in the Udayapur District, Nepal. VSA does not have an office in Nepal. Volunteers are currently managed from New Zealand.

A monarchy throughout most of its history, Nepal was ruled by the shah dynasty of kings from 1768—when Prithvi Narayan Shah unified its many small kingdoms—until 2008. A decade-long Civil War involving the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), followed by weeks of mass protests by all major political parties, led to the 12-point agreement of 22 November 2005. The ensuing elections for the 1st Nepalese Constituent Assembly on 28 May 2008 overwhelmingly favoured the abolition of the monarchy and the establishment of a federal multi-party representative democratic republic. Despite continuing political challenges, this framework remains in place, with the 2nd Nepalese Constituent Assembly elected in 2013 in an effort to create a new constitution.

What we’re doing in Nepal

The VSA programme in Nepal is in partnership with Save the Children New Zealand and Save the Children International in Nepal (SC Nepal). We have had two volunteers working on improving the livelihoods of children in the Udayapur District with SC Nepal as of August 2018. 

Read about Tanya Robinson's work with Save the Children here.