Nepal Response Update

  • IMG_1813Our ED returned from Nepal where she wrapped up our direct medical service partnership and worked with three other ongoing partner projects for rebuilding.
  • Person2Person4Nepal: shifting from provision of temporary shelter to community-driven rebuilding in remote areas using local resources.




  • IMG_5249Sherap Lama in the Lower Langtang: “I had a wonderful meeting in which the head of the village, my great uncle Mr. Dhindup tamang, who advised me to hold on to the funding received. Once the monsoon is over, we are planning to buy zinc sheets for all 26 households…Our main concern is about rebuilding the house in a safe and secured way yet keeping our traditional architecture alive…We don’t want to use pre-fabricated house. We want to use as much local materials as possible.



  • IMG_1411Classrooms in the Clouds: creating and implementing first aid training to teachers using a Train-the-Trainer model. “What we have seen is the shortage of immediate lifesaving and injury dealing skills that are not available outside health clinics…This health work should be seen as part of the wider role a school can play in a local community beyond its primary function as a place for children to learn.  We believe a school can be a focal point for a community and is an asset that can be used beyond a school day and benefit the whole community whether it is providing adults access to educational opportunities or just as a ‘useable’ community building.”


5 Best Grantwriting Practices by Maya Casagrande

2menBW“If we’re not careful, we’ll all end up wearing our underwear on the outside.”

– A not-so-ancient grant world proverb

Especially for those new to the grant world, it can be a challenging, daunting, and mysterious place – full of nuances to decipher, rabbitholes to fall down, and hoops to jump through. But it can also be an exciting, constructive, and fruitful world…when you’re prepared. Whether you are a maternal health organization in India or an environmental organization in the United States, here are a few general tips we follow and hope are helpful for you in your own journey through the grant world.

  1. Assess your organizational readiness.

Small nonprofits often dive into the grant process because they are in need. However, those most in need of funding are also sometimes those least prepared to seek it, secure it, and appropriately and responsibly utilize it. By ensuring you have the appropriate organizational and programmatic elements in place before you start the process, you will not only eliminate the need for additional work, but will also position your organization for success with grant applications.

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Notes about our Partners

  • We are partnering with HAC to assist with budgeting and financials, grantwriting essential ingredients, programmatic M&E frameworks, and GIS mapping.
    • hac-3The members of our partner organization Health Access Connect (HAC) has been busy getting things in place for the first of what they hope will be many motorcycles in their “Medicycles” program.
    • HAC’s program uses motorcycles to deliver anti-retroviral medication (ARVs) and other services to remote communities in Uganda that have high rates of HIV. HAC Executive Director Kevin Gibbons and Field Officer Deo “Mpola Mpola” Miiro have been visiting the people living with HIV/AIDS groups (PHAs) that will be partners and beneficiaries in the projects. They told us that the more the meet with these groups, the more they realize that empowering those groups may be the most significant outcome of the program.
  • We are gearing up our work with Students Shoulder to Shoulder to pilot an NGO capacity assessment tool this summer.
  • Many huge thanks to our local GIS Experts, Zachary King and Deb Goeldner, for creating and leading our three sequential GIS Trainings in May.
  • Welcome Lauren Smith, our new GIS Intern!