The Himalayan Development Foundation Australia is an Australian-based charitable incorporated association. Our members and supporters are connected to the people of the Himalayas through shared experiences of trekking, rafting, travel and mountaineering expeditions with Nepalese people. We want to “give something back” to Himalayan communities in need, where their own governments are struggling to make a difference.
We believe sustainable development requires a balanced approach. We engage and consult with each community with an emphasis on six key pillars of development: Education, Child Safety, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Conservation and Economic Development.
Nepal is experiencing a flow of young people from villages to cities and overseas. This puts huge pressure on the villages, the cities and the young people themselves. HDFA is addressing the challenge of stemming the flow through much enhanced communications, jobs, better education outcomes and an economic upside for people to remain and return to the remote areas. We aim to develop skills and economic capacity within the communities so they may take care of their own future with responsibility and a level of financial security.
We employ a multilayered approach that supports the basic developmental needs of the community but also strives to break through a “system” which is not serving the community, and particularly its youth. We are driving direct stimulation of economic outcomes, and at the same time shaking up the way education and health care are delivered.