Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) is a non-religious, nonpolitical,non-governmental and not-for-profit volunteer
and internship organization founded in 2005. We aim to empower marginalized communities by implementing
integrated and holistic approaches for community development. Women and children are the core focus of the
organization. Improving the life conditions of women and children is crucial to alleviating poverty in Nepal, as
such VIN seeks to address community issues through four major projects: women’s empowerment, children’s
development, community health and youth empowerment. Education, health, income and basic infra-structure
are the four pillars of our initiatives to empower the marginalized and disadvantaged communities in Nepal.
VIN’s mission is to empower marginalized communities, with a focus on women and children, through enhanced educational projects and community training to promote equality, economic wellbeing and basic human rights.
“Volunteering is the ideal balance between giving and receiving. In turn for your time and effort you experience
true culture, establish lifelong friendships and essentially change the way you see the world”
- Bhupendra Ghimire, Founder, Executive Director of VIN
VIN piloted its first project through the Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC). The village is part of
the Kathmandu District. Even though it is so close to the country’s capital, it is a marginalized and shadowed
community. Feasibility and preliminary studies revealed that the education level and the living standards of the
people were very low. There were not any organizations working in the area, so when introduced to VIN the local
community showed an immense interest. VIN therefore chose to focus on this site and has been working there
since the beginning of 2007.
VIN has now extended its working area to Okhaldhunga (Everest region) 250 Km north east of Kathmandu.