Basic principles of our project work:
The Nepal Relief Association has collected many experiences with regard to project work in the past 20 years of its existence. It established some basic principles for cooperation.

Capacity building:
Our partners on location are always included in the planning process of our projects. Usually, the Nepal Relief Association only becomes active upon receipt of an enquiry. Not only are local people involved in the planning of the project, but also in the implementation; they show commitment by cost sharing amounting to 20-25%. In this way the project becomes their own.

Tight control:
We are in close email contact with our partners on location. We regularly receive reports on the development of our projects, usually photographs are also included. Members of the Nepal Relief Association visit the projects and control these reports upon their journey through Nepal.

Out-of-town projects:
The Nepal Relief association deliberately favors projects outside of the Kathmandu valley, as there are already enough other relief associations. In spite of the fact that this approach makes control and communication more difficult, we believe that it is worth going to more remote and seldom visited Nepalese regions.

Village development, education and health:
These are the three main fields the Nepal Relief Association focuses its projects on. Thereby, expertise shall be strengthened and the projects¿ efficiency increased; the donations thus make maximum impact.

No long-term commitments:
The Nepal Relief Association avoids long-term commitments, like salary payments as it is dependent on donations and thus not in a position to secure a family¿s long-term provision with necessary goods and services. We are therefore eager to develop projects with clear duration and make sure that the money for their implementation is available before their inception. Several projects are self-sufficient after a start-up financing was made.

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