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 is partnered with registered NGO, ‘Children’s Future Fund’ in Germany who provide funding support for course fees for several of our students.

FONAI Projects

FONAI is partnered with 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.


I’m sure you have all seen and read about the catastrophic COVID situation in Nepal.  As you can imagine we are extremely concerned about this and the devastating news we are getting from our team and our friends.  Medical supplies and hospital care are under enormous strain.  The FONAI team recently held an emergency meeting and decided that, in addition to continuing our scholarship student support, we will seek funding support for two very worthy COVID medical relief programs.  The coordinators of both programs are well known to us as people of integrity with long standing commitments to social welfare.

In order to meet our fundraising goals, it really will take a village. Are you able to support these incredible projects? Any amount you can contribute will make a difference. The need is great!  Project details are attached.

Bank details for direct deposit are below.

Thank you for reading about our latest projects, and please reach out if you’d like to learn more.

Kind regards,

FONAI team

Bank details for your tax deductible donation.
Please mark donation COVID Relief

Friends of Nepal – Adelaide Inc
BSB 015 210   –  Account # 300464253

Covid Relief Appeal Flyer
Covid Emergency Relief Appeal


In collaboration with the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of Dilibazaar Kathmandu

Funding of salaries for 12 nurses for 4 months duration at the CIC in Maitre Devi, Kathmandu.

Estimated Costs $20,000 Aust   FONAI target $10,000  Aust

FONAI commitment to date $5,000 Aust



In collaboration with Cocina Mitha Chha, Lazimpat, Kathmandu

Cocina Mithho Chha (CMC) is a NGO established & funded by Spanish NGO Association Nepal Aki.

It offers B & B accommodation & a cooking school which provide training & employment opportunities for disadvantaged Nepali youth.

FONAI members have stayed at the B&B (very nice) & two students have successfully completed vocational training there.

Medical Kit 1. Health Workers $70 Aust 

Medical Kit 2. Patient $20 Aust

Estimated immediate need 100 kits in Kavre district, but requests come in daily.

Target $5,000.  FONAI commitment to date: $2,000.


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

"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

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