Friends of Nepal – Adelaide Inc.

Proud supporters of the youth of Nepal

Friends of Nepal – Adelaide Inc. (FONAI) is a registered Australian charity. We began our scholarship program in 2013, following a visit to Nepal and seeing first hand how disadvantage of birth is perpetuated by lack of educational opportunities.

Education Scholarship Partners


FONAI is partnered with registered NGO ‘Canopy Nepal’ to manage the program in Nepal. Canopy Nepal employs a manager to carry out the daily operations of the program & oversees the selection of students for scholarship.

Contact Details Nepal

Canopy Nepal
Mehpi, NayaBazar
Kathmandu, Nepal.
+977 9849556253

FONAI Projects

FONAI is partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Dillibazar(Nepal) and Brownhill Creek(Adelaide) and the Child Development Society (CDS) in Nepal to facilitate funding for Self Employment Education Program for illiterate women in remote villages in Nepal.

All partnerships are reviewed annually.

FONAI is very proud to welcome the Rotary Club of Lindisfarne as a major sponsor for our FESSHIP scholarship program.  Thankyou!

Thankyou to the Rotary Club of Lindisfarne, in stunning Hobart, for its support of two vocational scholarships for our recent Year 12 graduates. The lucky students can now begin preparing for future IT & Hospitality Studies.

These generous Rotarians are also funding the Bachelor in Developmental Finance studies for a visually impaired FESSHIP student who would otherwise not be able to continue his studies.

They join our long time Rotary supporters, the Rotary Clubs of Blackwood, Brownhill Creek & Mobilong.

Welcome to the FONAI family.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Rotary Club of Lindisfarne

About Our Program Manager

Deekshak Bhattarai is the Program Manager for FESSHIP program. He was appointed in July 2018.

Deekshak recently graduated from Tri Chandra Multiple Campus and studied BSc Environmental Science.

His past work & volunteer experience includes:

Program Developer in Bangladesh representing VSO Nepal.  Volunteer, Action Learner and Program Developer for VSO Nepal

Enumerator for International Institute of Independent Researchers – 3iR Pvt. Ltd.

Assistant Field Chemist for CEMAT Water Lab PVT. LTD.

Deekshak enjoys trekking and exploring new destinations.

Deekshak Bhattarai

"If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people." - Chinese proverb