Support us in support those in need

Since its establishment in 2011, the NGO Samundra Nepal (former name Himalayan Care Hands) has been supporting more than 25000 people in escaping the cycle of poverty and improving their living standards. The people of Baiteshwor RM in the Himalaya, 6 hours east of Kathmandu (Location), have received several support.

“Samundra” means ocean, sea or more specific body of water. Most of our body is water, so water is most important for our body. Samundra cares about the people who are in need finding water…metaphoric.

“Support us in support those in need” means: through your help we can provide not only water, but health services, give support in agriculture, improve the education system and give support for humanitarian needs and infrastructure.

Currently, Samundra Belgium (for Europe) & Switzerland are our main funding sources. We are grateful for the generous support from our kind-hearted friends around the globe. Samundra Nepal was also able to mobilize the funds from local governmental institutions, individuals, communities, and non-government organizations. Our local fundraising program runs independently.

Samundra is pleased to show its donors a strong commitment: we invest their hard-earned money in needy communities. This helps to create a positive impact and increase happiness through education, agriculture, and infrastructure.

Here you see an overview about our past, running and future projects.

Our goal: to empower communities to escape the cycle of poverty.

Samundra Nepal aims to achieve sustainable development in the Rural Places of Nepal. Therefor we hope to connect people all over the world to join us. The more variety of characters the better. By combining our diverse abilities, something wonderful will emerge. And it will make us happier and more satisfied.

Become a participant and help us to help the people in the Nepalese Mountains… as a volunteer or donor. Get to know people from all over the world and exchange ideas with them on how to make a difference.

Help us helping the people!

We are looking forward to hear from you. You already have a vision, how to support our projects? Contact us so we can swap ideas.

Vision / Mission

We help where we can. We are enablers. We do this in close collaboration with local communities, local schools, local governments. Whoever needs help, they speak up we listen. Together we discuss and decide on a way forward. We do not tell anybody what to do. We create suggestions, a plan, a proposal before we help with the implementation. Only by doing so, you engage towards full empowerment and you embrace the full potential of every project with highest efficiency. And most important, once the implementation phase of each project is carried out, the local community takes full responsibility. As a result, once completed, projects really do bring sustainable improvement to the community.

Working Strategy of Samundra Nepal

1. Addressing initiatives

  • We empower each and every individual/community to address an initiative.
  • We offer our professional structure for discussions to understand, shape, and formulate this need to a project.
  • Each need has to improve the living standards of any local community.

2. Sustainability of the initiatives

  • Every initiative needs to be long term sustainable.
  • We emphasize on working with the community to take ownership, maintain their infrastructure, their project(s), and yearly results.
  • Local governments need to show a strong commitment to maintaining, operating and using the infrastructure. 

3. Local government and community 

  • Participation of local communities from inception to project completion.
  • Cash/labor/logistic contribution(s) from the locals and local government.
  • Participation of all people in the process.
  • Communities take leadership (Samundra Nepal is just a supporter).

4. Collaboration and synergy

  • We support and empower collaboration with all stakeholders (Wards, RM, Community, individual(s), Hospital, Health Post(s), Himali Health Cooperative, local leaders, local government(s), local communities)
  • We welcome synergies when possible.

5. Transparency

  • We maintain transparency and take accountability for our efforts

6. ‘ Do no Harm’ 

  • Our efforts shall contribute to creating social harmony.
  • We respect local culture, lifestyle, and people.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Jagat Dahal President
Govinda Pathak Vice President
Krishna Dahal Vice President
Prakash Dahal General Secretory
Hari Bol Sapkota Vizepräsident
Bikram Dahal Financial Advisor
Smriti Budhathoki Financial Advisor
Asmita Devkota Treasurer

General Members

  • Bijay Dhakal
  • Nawaraj Parajuli
  • Toran Kumar Sunuwar
  • Suraj Khadka
  • Hari Bol Sapkota
  • Nisha Maharjan

Advisory Board

  • Arjun Bahadur Thapa Chhetri
  • Pashupati Chaulagain
  • Madandas Shrestha
  • Krishna K.C.
  • Praveen Pradhan
  • Navin Raj Dahal
  • Deepak Raj Parajuli

International Partners

Niels Visser

Antwerp, Belgium
Founder Samundra Belgium
Expert Hospital & Waste Management

Peter Soons

Frauenfeld, Switzerland
Founder Himalayan Care Hands Nepal and Samundra Nepal
Expert NGO Project Management
Fundraiser in Switzerland and Belgium

Kristof Wouters

Founder Samundra Belgium
Expert Hospital Management

Peggy Kuipers

Founder Samundra The Netherlands
Expert Hospital Management

Robert Gerritsma

Meilen, Switzerland
Founder Solidarity Schweiz

Markus Kamber

Klosters, Switzerland
Expedition physician

Maik Becker

Zurich, Switzerland
Founder Run For Children

Dipendra Dahal Senior Program Manager

Parijs, France
Program Manager Samundra Nepal
Expert Hospital Management

Dr. Marieke Meelen

Cambridge, UK
Expert Community Collaboration
Expert NGO Project Management

Michel Fehr

Bülach, Switzerland
Expert Education Remote Areas