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Kim West, VSO Nepal director ©VSO/Suraj Shakya

Kim West, Country Director, VSO Nepal

VSO has operated continuously in Nepal since 1964, working on social inclusion and community engagement. We've been a stable and trusted presence throughout Nepal’s fragile history and recent disaster.

From 1990-2010, Nepal doubled its Human Development Index value. This was the biggest progress made by any country. Yet this has been achieved unequally, leaving thousands of people unreached by the development. In 2015, devastating earthquakes pushed the most vulnerable back into poverty.

VSO wants no one left behind in Nepal’s progress and recovery.

Our work tackles fundamental development problems, targeting 25 districts: poor quality educationineffective governance and social exclusion. VSO helps to maximise the funding invested to address these problems. We achieve this through our innovative work, creative collaborations, thematic expertise and volunteerism.

We work with partners and communities to strengthen systems and ensure services and rights for all Nepalese. We leverage the knowledge and expertise of all those involved, from the grassroots to central level, and through the technical assistance of skilled international volunteers. This model of inclusive participation reinforces the sustainability of our work.

Some of these volunteers work in government ministries. Others help the work of national or international organisations. Each placement is strategically designed and recruited with rigour to deliver the most impact.

Kim West, Country Director, VSO Nepal

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Postal address: 
VSO Nepal
PO Box 207 
Kathmandu, Nepal

Office location: 
VSO Nepal (map link and directions)
Doka Dol, Sanepa
Lalitpur, Nepal 

Tel: (+977) 1 554 1469 (main number), (+977) 1 552 1616, (+977) 1 554 0269/4
Fax: (+977) 1 552 4743 

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