Community support programme for women in Kathmandu

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Program Description

Share your skills by helping to support Sabah Nepal, a social business organisation which is working towards strengthening the livelihoods of financially deprived and marginalised home-based workers in Nepal. More than 2500 women are registered with the organisation and on payment of a nominal fee they become owners and managers of this community-owned organisation. Sabah works in 14 different districts of Nepal.
Members of Sabah work in the areas of food, textiles and crafts. They already have many different skills in manufacturing these products and Sabah provides the training and organisation required to enable them to produce these goods at the quality and consistency required for the sales market, and to find outlets to sell them. As the production teams are organised in community groups the women have a safe and secure environment in which to work, and childcare is available. Product design is tailored to develop traditional designs, recipes etc to suit market needs and quality control procedures are implemented at all stages.
The volunteer programme currently supports the community base at Khokana, a semi-rural suburb of Kathmandu which suffered considerable damage in the earthquake of 2015. 220 women work here, in the areas of weaving, stitching, knitting, embroidery, straw weaving and market gardening. If you have experience in community support, small business development, marketing and advertising, product design or childcare, this project could use your skills.


- A tailor-made volunteer placement in which your skills and experience are matched with locally identified needs
- Share your skills with a successful and genuine community development project
- Help to support a programme specifically designed to help women become resilient and able to survive future disasters
- Enjoy 24/7 support from our local partners in Kathmandu for the duration of your placement


We work closely with the local people who manage this project and they have identified their primary volunteer needs as follows:
- community workers
- small business skills
- mentoring
- film and digital story telling
- marketing and advertising
- design of promotional materials
- product designers
- financial management
- IT and literacy skills
- nursery school support
- teacher trainers (nursery level)

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What`s Included

Bed and breakfast accommodation
Airport transfers
Daily transport to the project
Full local orientation
City tour
Language course
Weekend hike
Welcome and farewell dinners
Local SIM card
Project and placement liaison
Contribution to project - this will help to fund the work of the project and purchase any materials you may need

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Program Locations

Khokana, Nepal

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  • Nepal: Khokana
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Program Duration:
1-3 months
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