your kindness can help transform lives

Many rural Nepali children have never experienced quality early education – safe buildings, stocked with educational materials and a well-trained teacher to lead the class are luxuries they just can’t access.

First Steps Himalaya is changing all that.

With help from hundreds of generous donors, First Steps Himalaya (FSH) is able to work in 75 classrooms in 26 schools across 3 districts in Nepal (as of January 2019). FSH works to create child-friendly classrooms that are clean, well-resourced and conducive to learning. It provides practical hands-on teacher training to create skilled and passionate teachers who are capable of stimulating and fostering a love of learning in their students.

With your help, we are changing lives … one classroom at a time.

Become a change-maker with us.


With one-off donations of NZ$40, NZ$100, or NZ$200 you can support FSH to supply stationery and educational materials, to fund a quality early childhood teacher’s salary for one month, or to fund the initial training of a teacher, which provides immediate improvement in the classroom.

Or, with a monthly contribution of NZ$40 you can become a Friend of First Steps Himalaya and join other change-makers from around the world who are helping to change hundreds of lives. Your monthly donations will support the ongoing running of FSH’s projects in Nepal, and enable us to spread our work even wider, helping more classrooms and children in rural Nepal.

Friends of First Steps Himalaya will receive bi-annual reports detailing the current state and developments of our projects. You’ll be able to see where your valuable contribution has gone as this report - written by our directors - features plenty of photos and details of what we do.



Where does my money go?

All money from Friends of First Steps Himalaya is pooled to support the running of our projects in rural Nepal. We work directly with schools and communities to bring about long-term sustainable change which includes:


-        Project selection and approval
-        Teacher training and refresher training
-        Classroom refurbishment
-        Provision of teaching resources
-        Regular supervision and teacher support
-        Monitoring and evaluation

How do the children benefit?

The children at our project schools will benefit from our high standard of early childhood education and school support. Young children will be better prepared for school and will be far more likely to complete their education.


What do Friends of First Steps Himalaya receive?

You will receive an illustrated, detailed project update twice a year from our Nepal Director outlining the work in Nepal and the progress at the projects.

Can I visit the projects?

Yes, we would love for you to visit our projects. We are currently setting up exclusive project tours with our Nepali founding director, and would welcome you to join these.


How long does the sponsorship last for?

You may remain a Friend of First Steps Himalaya for as long as you wish, there is no minimum or maximum period. As First Steps Himalaya’s work is generally on long-term projects, we hope that you will want to remain a sponsor for some time. If your circumstances change and you can no longer support us in this way, you just need to let us know.