“Empowerment Through Education” — Friends of Himalayan Children

Latest Earthquake News From Batase

The school building and orphanage will both need to be torn down and rebuilt. Though walls are still standing, infracstructural damage is so serious and dangerous that the only solution, as with many other buildings, is to demolish what remains and rebuild.

200 bags of rice and other much needed supplies reached Batase. More details on Som's Facebook page.

Hundreds of tents have been being made for the villagers, and a nurse and other volunteers have reached the village over the past few days. Progress is being made.

Som and Steve have arrived in Batase Village. An ABC News crew went with them, and aired their report this evening. It's painful to watch, but it does present a true picture of the current situation in Batase. Watch the ABC Video >>

The death toll stands at 10 within the village. Many more are injured, as the quake struck at midday when most of the villagers were indoors having their lunch. Amber Tamang, who helped run the school for FHC, was caught in a landslide after the earthquake. He did not survive, and will be missed by all who knew and worked with him.

Damaged home
Damaged hostel

Donations are now more important than ever, as a lot of work is going to be needed to help with rebuilding over the coming weeks. Once Som returns, we'll be looking to put together a group of active volunteers to go to Batase as soon as possible to help with rebuilding -- so if you have building experience and want to help, or you know someone who does, please get in touch.

The pictures above show some of the devastation, and should give an insight into how much work now needs to be done. We'll know a lot more in the coming weeks.

Friends of Himalayan Children

Friends of Himalayan Children is a humanitarian organisation working in rural Nepalese communities and in Kathmandu. Our aim is to improve the lives of vulnerable women and children in Nepal through better access to education, and through educational programs and community development projects.

Since 2009, FHC has built a hostel in Talamarang to house orphans from Kathmandu, a primary school in Batase village to educate the local children, and sought to raise awareness around the world of the plight of young girls in Nepal.

Tamang girls in their school uniforms - Batase, Nepal
Young girls enjoying lunch in Batase Village, Nepal
The responsibilities of being a big sister in Nepal
Educating Girls - Schoolgirls from the Batase Village School
Seven year old Sarmila Tamang - Batase, Nepal
Young school children wearing donated jumpers and beanies
Sovha Tamang engrossed in her schoolbook

Australian School Visits

Som Tamang Are you a teacher in a local Australian school? Would your students benefit from a visit by one of our members? Som Tamang, the founder of FHC is available to speak in local schools.

Topics covered include village life in Nepal, child slavery and women's issues in Nepal, as well as a detailed account of the work the charity is doing in small villages in Nepal. If this is something that you feel might benefit your students, contact us for more information >>

Latest News from FHC in Cairns and Nepal

ABC News team travel with Som and Steve to Batase Village to see first hand the devastation caused by the Earthquake. More »

Are you interested in volunteering in Nepal? Take on Nepal are organising volunteer groups to Batase Village in 2015. More »

25 new pictures have been added to the gallery. If you like a particular picture, Like it on Facebook so that your friends can see it too. Gallery >>

FHC Information Night: Wednesday, 6th March in Cairns. Come along and learn more about our work in Nepal. More »

Our new website was launched on Sunday, 17th February, 2013. Our aim is to provide a website full of information and resources for new visitors and for those who have been FHC members for some time. More »

Batase village girls took their first trip to Kathmandu in January, organised by FHC. It was a wonderful experience for all concerned. More »

About Friends of Himalayan Children

Friends of Himalayan Children is a humanitarian organisation working to stop child labour and child slavery through providing access to education, a safe home for disadvantaged children and community development projects in rural Nepal.

Australian Charity Number: IA 36480

Contact Us

  • r Phone:
    +61 439 7825 63
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  • m Address:
    Friends of Himalayan Children Inc.
    PO Box 5213, Cairns, Qld 4870, Australia