Lending a Helping Hand to Other NGOs

Donating Clothes


A Day Long Fete for the Less Fortunate, Delhi

One of the Game Stalls


Donating Educational Material

Donating Educational Material to Salaam Balk


STS program in Government run Schools

Student to Student program, Helping poor kids


Disaster Relief

Tsunami Relief


Day Boarders

Our Hostel Children, now in College


Hostel Kids Enjoying Outdoors

Football Team


Taking Part in Delhi Half Marathon

James and deaf memebers taking part Marathon

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Student To Student

The Student-To-Student (STS) is a unique two-fold program for teachers and students.

Despite considerable funding from the government, the quality of education in the government schools of Nepal is relatively poor. Most students in government schools are from the lower-strata of society and are generally poor. The parents of those students have limited education at most and support their livelihood by doing menial jobs or own very small businesses. The difficulty of the students is compounded not only by their limited financial resources, but also by the place where they live.


The living expenses are comparatively more burdensome for those migrating from the rural parts to the big cities. The high costs forces migrating families, all of whom, to live in one or two room accommodation. Long power cuts make electrical lighting unreliable, especially to students. To aggravate the problem, older family members themselves have limited education. Such families who want to educate their children into a brighter tomorrow feel stuck between a rock and a hard place. We felt Student-to-Student (STS) could be the answer to ending this vicious cycle.

This two-fold programme would help both the students and teachers! We were careful in selecting teachers who were not only capable but also from lower-middle income background. This ‘small’ income is of significant economic help to them. We are pleased to have some of our students now become tutors and are giving ‘knowledge’ into the needy hands.


Our selection criteria were simple and straightforward – students from government schools in the Kathmandu, who were from low-income families, living in rented quarters (some siblings, at least). Now, in each school where we conduct STS tuition classes 30 needy students from each school between the Grades 2 to 6 gets two hours of after school help with their studies. Not only do they get proper guidance and support but also a good environment to study and focus. We are pleased to see significant improvement in the students’ progress and performance.

We conduct four STS tuition programs at different government schools in Kathmandu:

(1)   Nepal Yubak School at Paknajol,

(2)   Chalnakhel Lower-secondary School at Chanlakhel, Dakshinkali,

(3)   Bansbari Higer-Secondary School at Bansbari,

(4)   Budhanilkantha Higer-Secondary School, Budhanilkantha.

We are currently in the seventh year of our STS program !

We have little doubt in our mind, this program should continue. It helps and continues to help the needy in whatever ‘little’ way they need our help with.




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  • "These past 11 days, I have the privilege of living with James and Apsara and helping with his projects. This experience was priceless and taught me so much. I feel that these 11 days I learned and gained more than could be gained over years time, and more than money can buy in Japan. Most importantly, I’m thankful that I was able to meet and spend time getting to know James Luitel--a man who is living his mission wholeheartedly. Each and every word he speaks is so deep. I learn things on a different level when he says things, even things that I thought I knew. It’s like he communicates with his life and sample; it’s not just head knowledge. These are experiences that I couldn’t have gained had I not come here. James, thank you for letting me be a part of this. -Shinichi Miyazaki (32, from Japan)"
  • Shinichi Miyazaki

  • "I have come to stay at James' place for 11 days with other five Japanese friends. And it was my first volunteer trip and at first I felt a bit uncomfortable about the weather and traffic situation. But things started to get better when we went to help out in the library which James is now helping to build. We met some really sweet kids there whom are students in the school. They all had beautiful eyes and lovely smiles. They were all eager to get acquaintance with new friends so they would gather around us asking simple English questions, such as what is your name? Where do you come from, etc. Even though most of them can only make short English sentences, their eagerness in communication were expressed through their repeating the same question to different members of our teams or repeating it to the same member once after a while. Not only they hang around out of curiosity or friendliness, they were also passionate and good helpers. There is this girl named Sahbida, age 11, whose house is the closest to the school. She was very dedicated and able to help out on the painting job. Because the doors and windows we were trying to repaint were really old ones, so there were spider webs and cocoons of various kinds stuck on the corners of them. When we caught sight of one of those and let out a suppressed sound of scream, she would rush forward and grab a broom and brushed them all away for us. We were all so touched by that action of protection and courage. When we mumbled our thanks out of embarrassment, she smiled back and said, "You me friends". There are so many details about the kids that we were honored to work with for just two brief days. Some of whom we could hardly remember their names. And when I think about the possibility that I might not be able to meet them again, my heart aches so much. I do miss them and I pray for them all to be able to live their life to the fullest. The kids in James' house are amazing too. Even though we just spent a night along with half a day together, I think we really have established somewhat of a connection. Sojan is smart and quick in reaction. He remembered a couple of Japanese sentences fast and within two hours he could even count to one hundred in Japanese. And he also is my very first, patient and good Nepali teacher. Sadin is the one with the brightest smile. His big bright eyes are enough to make him seem really happy even when he is actually not smiling. Sunil is very active and sincere. He is also willing to try new things. He got really excited to get to know Shinichi san, the only guy on our team, and soon they became as close as brothers. Krishna seems to me the one who does more than talks. He is more of a supporter kind of person than a leader. But I can sense that he is a trustworthy and highly reliable boy. Dhiren is the cutest among boys :) Always keeping silent, always pondering…. well, ok, maybe I don't really know about him. Nisha is the only girl and nobody would doubt about her elegance and beauty even in such a young age. She was not feeling well the night when we met and in the following morning she spent most of the time walking hand in hand with one of our youngest (and certainly the prettiest) member, Maria. Their very presence brightened up our day at the zoo :) So many recounts about the kids. I just wanna say that I really like them and look forward to meeting them all sometime in the future. And I hope I can do what I can to help them in their education as well."
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