Projects

ONGOING PROJECTS

Support to needy children

Orphans and Vulnerable Children Education Project, Rasuwa, Nepal

DFP International in cooperation with SWECOS-Nepal is providing educational materials and scholarships to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) every year in Rasuwa district, Nepal since 2011. The number of children supported has been increased from 12 in 2011 to 24 in 2017. The number of children, in need of educational materials and scholarship, is increasing every year but the organization is not capable of supporting more needy children due to its financial limitations.

Support to children and family of a cancer victim, Tanahun, Nepal

Rukniti Bhattrai, family head of 5 members family (mother, wife and two children), was diagnosed with cancer and had undergone long treatment in BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital, Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal. The family represents a financially disadvantaged family/community that has to go to India to find labor class jobs. Most of the persons of this category go to India and do jobs that are commonly called 3D (Dirty, Difficult, and Dangerous) jobs. He was the only breadwinner and used to earn the livelihood working as a labor in India.

 All the family surplus money and all liquid assets were spent in the treatment. The situation of the family was so critical that villagers had to come forward to help them for their day-to-day family needs like providing food and other necessary things. The villagers had developed a system whereby the family was supported in rotation basis by financially somewhat better households in the village. In 2014, DFP International received a request to provide assistance for the family. The matter was discussed in several regular meetings of DFP International as it was crucial to select appropriate modality of assistance looking through the continuity of support from the villagers and DFP International’s own limited resources. As decided, DFP International’s Nepal representative, Ms. Gayatri Rimal and Mr. Shekhar Kharel visited the family and suggested the appropriate mode of intervention. After discussing in the Board of Directors meeting, DFP International decided to:

Admit the children in a reputed local school and pay their tuition fee, cost of uniform, snacks, medical care, and other necessary items.

provide financial assistance to pay the loan of the family taken for purchasing a buffalo that was used for milk selling.

As decided in the meeting, DFP International initiated to help the family.  The loan taken for buffalo purchase was paid off and the children were admitted to a reputed school in the vicinity. In 2020, Rukniti died. The total responsibility of maintaining the family and raising the children was solely taken by Rukniti’s wife, an illiterate single woman. But she exhibited a determined and intelligent personality dedicated to maintain the family and educate the children. Actually, she is managing the family from the continuous support of the villagers and DFP International since 2014 to till date.

Request for help

Now the father is no more. The children’s sole responsibility is taken by the single mother. DFP International is looking for a long-term solution to empower the mother and children with the help of financial contributions from various sources/people. So, DFP International requests for donation or sponsorship of the children for the coming days. 

Ira Acharya Memorial Scholarship Trust / Project – a special project to honor Ira

In loving memory of Ira Acharya, Development for Peace International has established Scholarship Trusts (Akshaya Kosh/ अक्षय कोष) in four schools in remote areas of Nepal.

The Akshaya Kosh (अक्षय कोष) mechanism is that principal fund is deposited in school’s name in separate account in the local bank providing high interest rate and the scholarships are provided by the interest earned by the principal amount deposited. The principal amount will not be used for scholarship award and remains in the account to earn interest again. By this mechanism, scholarships will be awarded every year. The trust activities are supervised by district education office, school management committee and DFP International.

The first Ira Acharya Memorial Scholarship Trust

On August 9, 2020, the first Ira Memorial Scholarship Trust was established in Bhagwati Higher Secondary School, Kabhre, Nepal. The principal fund for the scholarship was deposited in a local commercial bank with attractive interest rate.  By the mechanism mentioned earlier about the Akshaya Kosh, the principal fund for the scholarship will remain in the bank account as a permanent source of revenue and scholarships are awarded every year from the interest earned from the permanent fund.

The second Ira Acharya Memorial Scholarship Trust

On March 19, 2021, the second Ira Acharya Memorial Scholarship Trust was established in Satlingeswar High School, Ramechhap, Nepal.

The third Ira Acharya Memorial Scholarship Trust

On March 30, 2021, the third scholarship trust was established in Nava Bijayi Mahendra Secondary School, Rasuwa, Nepal.

The fourth Ira Acharya Memorial Scholarship Trust

On November 28, 2021, the fourth scholarship trust was established in Shree Ram Chandra Primary School, Betrawati, Nuwakot, Nepal.

Income generation for women

In the process of women group formation for Goat Distribution on July 2, 2022  in Rasuwa, Nepal

Goat-raising/farming is a very popular and environment-friendly enterprise in mountainous parts of Nepal. It has obvious benefits like low investment, easy to handle, rural women-friendly and high return in short period. Actually, goat-raising is a traditional activity for rural families in Nepal. As a project, this activity becomes community-based and the benefits are optimized by collective efforts. 

In 2011-2013, DFP International had identified, studied and implemented a successful goat raising project as a part of community /women empowerment program in Rasuwa, Nepal.  Inspired by the success of first goat-raising project, DFP International was thinking to launch other goat raising projects in rural areas of Nepal. Presently, the organization has studied another project in the vicinity of the first goat raising project in Rasuwa, Nepal. The project lies in Uttargaya village ward no. 2, 3 and 5. The project has been found feasible and the organization launched it on July 2, 2022. The project will benefit 12 women from disadvantaged communities. Along with goats, some pigs also will be distributed.

Skill development and self-employment for women, Rasuwa, Nepal

As a new concept, Development for Peace International is studying to provide skills to disadvantaged women and equip them with necessary tools and environment for becoming successful microentrepreneurs. For this, the process for the identification of potential women has already initiated. Presently, to begin the project, two women are under consideration. They will be provided with necessary training for tailoring and given tailoring machine and clothes to start their business. The women are basically from Uttargaya village, ward no.3, Bhorle, Rasuwa, Nepal.

Activities (2007-2022)

2007

  • Organization registration in the Texas state government
  • Organization start-up activities (Formation of the team, meetings, etc.
  •  Search for projects
  • Search for funds

2008

  • Tax-exempt status from Federal Government
  • Supply of dental hygiene materials to Rasuwa, Nepal
  • Satya Sai School Orphans and Vulnerable Children Education Assistance Project, Pingalasthan,
    Kathmandu initiated

The initial two years (2007 and 2008) of the organization were very difficult as it had to face the challenge of existence and survival. The organization’s strategy was simply to remain alive and hope for a bright future. The founders were looking for human capital and financial capital. They were collecting information from friends and relatives for the skill of the trade for running non-profit
organization.

By 2009-2010, the founders were more acquainted with the skills of the trade and identified some micro-projects like goat raising, assisting orphans and vulnerable children in education, etc. The organization continued Satya Sai School Orphan & Vulnerable Children Education Project, Kathmandu, Nepal initiated in 2008. The organization started to look for new projects in Rasuwa and Kabhrepalanchok
districts of Nepal.


By 2010-2011, the list of programs and projects was extended with increased sources of income and increased input of human resources in the organization. The following programs/projects were initiated.

  • Satya Sai School Orphan & Vulnerable Children Education Project, Kathmandu, Nepal (Continued from 2008)
  • Rasuwa Orphan & Vulnerable Children Education Project, Rasuwa, Nepal
  • Women Empowerment (Goat Raising) Project at Laharepauwa-9, Rasuwa, Nepal (In partnership
    with SWECOS-Nepal, a local NGO in Nepal, Aug. 11, 2011)
  • Education Support Initiatives, Community Child Care Center, Tikhedewal, Lalitpur, Nepal
    (October 31, 2011)
  • Child sponsorship program for children at risk
  • Donations for cancer patients
  • Books, library, and school supply drive
  • Health package supply to Nepal
  • School dress supply for marginalized children in Kavre, Nepal

In the years of 2011 and 2012, there were, mostly, continuations of previous programs /projects. On May 22, 2011, DFP International opened its FACEBOOK account. DFP International, on the basis of experience and input from experts and other resources, was able to launch additional projects in 2013 while continuing the previous projects.

Continued Projects in 2013

  • Satya Sai School Orphan & Vulnerable Children Education Project, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Orphan & Vulnerable Children Education Project, Rasuwa, Nepal
  • Women Empowerment (Goat-raising) Project at Laharepauwa-9, Rasuwa, Nepal

New Programs / Projects completed in the year 2013

  • Special scholarship for girls
  • Janjyoti Higher Secondary School, Gajul, Rolpa Library Support Project
  • Bhuwaneswori Higher Secondary School, Khaira, Pyuthan computer lab support project
  • DFP book publication
  • School dress and other educational material support for marginalized children in different schools
    in Nepal
  • Support to Jaya Bhadrakali Lower Secondary School, Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Installation of Solar Power System in Bhagwati High School, Kavre, Nepal

2014 Activities

  • Participated in Nepal Parade, DFW, Texas
  • Participated in Bagmati River Cleaning Program, Nepal
  • Assistance to flood victims in Bardia District, Nepal with Dallas Everest Lions Club & other
    generous persons of DFW, Texas
  • Help to Senior Citizen’s Home, Lamjung. Nepal
  • Help to Family of a cancer victim, Tanahun, Nepal
  • Help to Mentally Challenged Children Rehabilitation Center, Kabhre, Nepal
  • Assistance (Schools bags donation) to Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Bardia, Nepal
  • Assistance (Microscope, human skeleton, and other equipment donation) to the science laboratory of
    Purna Memorial Higher Secondary School, Ilam, Nepal
  • Participated in Walk for Nepal program
  • Partnership with Literacy Nepal
  • 6th Annual General Meeting at Ramailo Restaurant with community members
  • DFP International directors (Dinesh Mainali, Binod Lamichhane) visit DFP International projects
    in Nepal for Monitoring and Evaluation

2015 Activities

  • Participated in Walk for Nepal
  • Books donated to Mesquite social service, Mesquite, TX
  • Fund Raising and Volunteering for Van County Tornado Relief, Texas
  • Participated in Kidney Walk Program organized by Dallas Everest Lions Club, DFW, Texas
  • Assistance to Relief work for Major Earthquake-2015 in Nepal
  • Help the Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Rasuwa, Nepal
  • Individual sponsorship for girl child education (Sponsor- Pratima Kharel)
  • School dress distribution in a school in Solukhumbu, Nepal
  • Support to mentally challenged children, Kabhre, Nepal
  • Support to the children of a cancer victim in Tanahun, Nepal (Initiated in 2014 and continued every year since then)
  • 7th Annual General Meeting and Oklahoma Visit
  • Post-flood relief assistance (hand pumps, goat distribution) to Babai River (Bardia district, Nepal)
    flood survivors

2016 Activities

  • Established a library in Ratna Chandeswor Higher Secondary School, Jumla, Nepal
  • School Stationary materials distributed to Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Rasuwa, Nepal
  • Furniture donation to the Pragatisheel Kalika Primary School, Tatopani-3, Jumla, Nepal
  • Establishment of Library in Bhagwati High School, Kabhre, Nepal
  • Support to Phule Kumal, Pyuthan, Nepal
  • Individual sponsorship for girl child education (Sponsor- Pratima Kharel)
  • Support to Community Child Care Center, Tikheldewal, Lalitpur Nepal for providing nutritional
    food to children (Sponsor- Pratima Kharel)
  • 8th Annual General Meeting and Orientation program organized in the convention hall of Nepalese
    Society of Texas, Irving, TX
  • Support to the children of a cancer victim in Tanahun, Nepal (Initiated in 2014 and continued every year since then)
  • Prof. John Parrish (Texas Christian University and Tarrant County Community College, TX) visited DFP International projects in Nepal for Monitoring and Evaluation

2017 Activities

  • Participated in the International Function / International Flag Parade of Tarrant County College (TCC),
    South Campus, FW, TX
  • Participated in Walk for Nepal fundraising event
  • 9th Annual General Meeting
  • Donations received from the Nepali Women for Women campaign for DFP International Women Empowerment Project in Nepal
  • Education materials distribution to Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Rasuwa, Nepal
  • Support to a girl for education and nutrition (Sponsor- Pratima Kharel)
  • Support to Community Child Care Center, Lalitpur, Nepal to provide nutritional snacks
  • Support to the children of a cancer victim in Tanahun, Nepal (Initiated in 2014 and continued every year since then)

2018 Activities

  • Participated in Walk for Nepal event
  • Assistance to children of Nepal Earthquake-2015 survivors
  • Support to the children of a cancer victim in Tanahun, Nepal (Initiated in 2014 and continued every year since then)
  • Education materials distribution to Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Rasuwa, Nepal

2019 Activities

  • Jointly organized Blood Donation Event with Blood Donors of America and other organizations in
    honor of the late Ira Acharya
  • Jointly organized Tribute Program with other non-profit organizations in honor of the late Ira Acharya
  • Support to the children of a cancer victim in Tanahun, Nepal (Initiated in 2014 and continued every year since then)
  • Education materials distribution to Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Rasuwa, Nepal

2020 Activities

  • Attended the Tribute Program organized by Hurst Nepali Community (HNC) in honor of Late Ira Acharya, founder of HNC and Program Director of DFP International
  • DFP International Library (Established in 2016 by DFP International and Bhagwati High School, Kabhre, Nepal) was revisited by DFP International Nepal Representative Mani Chaulagain as a follow-up activity
  • Ira Acharya Memorial Permanent Scholarship Fund was established (on August 9, 2020) at Bhagwati High School, Kabhre, Nepal
  • Support to the children of a cancer victim in Tanahun, Nepal (Initiated in 2014 and continued every year since then)
  • Education materials distribution to Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Rasuwa, Nepal

2021 Activities

  • Establishment of Ira Acharya Memorial Scholarship Trust (March 19, 2021) in Shree Satlingeswar
    Secondary School, Ramechhap, Nepal
  • Establishment of Ira Acharya Memorial Scholarship Trust (March 30, 2021) in Nawa Bijayi
    Mahendra Secondary School, Rasuwa, Nepal
  • Establishment of Ira Acharya Memorial Scholarship Trust (November 28, 2021) in Shree Ram
    Chandra Primary School, Betrawati, Nuwakot, Nepal
  • Ira Acharya Memorial Scholarship Awarded to 12 students of Bhagwati High School, Kabhre,
    Nepal (November 21, 2021)
  • Support to the children of a cancer victim in Tanahun, Nepal (Initiated in 2014 and continued every year since then)
  • Education materials distribution to Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Rasuwa, Nepal

2022 Activities

  • Ira Acharya Memorial Scholarship Awarded to 4 students of Shree Satlingeswar Secondary School,
    Ramechhap, Nepal (January 5, 2022)
  • Support to the children of a cancer victim in Tanahun, Nepal (Initiated in 2014 and continued every year since then)
  • Education materials and Scholarship distribution to Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Rasuwa,
    Nepal (Initiated in 2011 and continued every year since then)