Who are we?

ONGD-FNEL is a not-for-profit organisation founded in Luxembourg in 1989 . Originating in Luxembourg’s scouting movement (Luxembourg National Federation of Scouts and Guides-FNEL), it supports numerous projects promoting the development of education in Nepal.


ONGD-FNEL promotes the values of solidarity, cooperation, commitment and responsibility by establishing strong local partnerships which ensure that its activities will function properly and bring results.




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    Cathy & Tilly testimony: “Corona virus “stole” the end of our voluntary services!”

    Hello from our Luxembourgish homes this time, where we are both currently trying to make dal bhat (emphasis on “trying”) while listening to Nepali music. Thinking about days when Covid-19 didn’t make use so frustrated. The crisis has meant for us that we could only do 5 months of our 6-month voluntary service. We both feel similarly weird being back, like we’ve lost Nepal but got nothing to replace it with. It has been good to take things easy while we adjust and let Nepal sink in, at the same time, we’re not really knowing what to do with ourselves really. In Nepal we were super busy and very free and in Luxembourg we’re in a place where it’s the complete opposite.  We just got “swept away” right back to where we started with the Corona wave, before we even knew what was happening. One thing we’ve both heard from our volunteering friends that it hurts to say goodbye “just like that”, especially when saying it to young people for whom you really didn’t want to become one of the people that left without an explanation. Many of us have worked hard to engage with the beneficiaries in SAATH & SCLC, and now it feels like we’re letting them down in the most irresponsible way. And maybe all of us volunteers are being a little hard on ourselves here because leaving was not really our decision, and there was also no way we could’ve suspected things to take this turn.  Maybe it’s just that in these circumstances, we have the normal feelings that everyone has when big things end before you can personally draw a finishing line to them, but we have the feelings in an accentuated version,  And for any volunteer, it’s probably normal to feel like the end came super quickly, but at least they knew it was approaching. What’s really sad for us is that Corona “stole” our end, and we all had to leave with this super accentuated feeling of things going too fast, and then being over without us being able to draw our own finishing line.  As a final word, we both would like to say thank you to the ONGD-FNEL who made our EKHDAM RAMRO experiences possible, we both fell completely in love with Nepal and will be going back as soon as we can!  Please take care and stay in good health Tilly & Cathy

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    Considering the scale of COVID-19, ONGD-FNEL decided to cancel its GENERAL ASSEMBLY scheduled on March 17th. We 'll informed our members when a new date will be planned. Thanks a lot for your understanding

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    Hello from the country of Never Ending Peace And Love N-E-P-A-L

    Hello from the other side, another month passed in the country of Never Ending Peace And Love N-E-P-A-L. Both of our voluntary services are still going very well, were both developing a deeper understanding of our NGO's work every day. With us having been invested in the tailoring trainings at SAATH (Cathy) and the education for sustainable development programs at SCLC (Tilly) over these past months, the projects have become much more our own, so are their little successes and failures. Both of our project managers should be given the credit for this, it's not easy to make a volunteers work count, but we do feel like ours does, and that's because SAATH and SCLC have given us a role and a place in their NGO. Especially during the week we spent following Julie and her work, we came to learn the importance of cooperation and accountability on both sides. We visited Setu and Umbrella in their offices, and saw that team work considering all the contracts and financial matters is key for a partnership on the same level. Then came the first of three field visits, where we visited two agricultural schools which SCLC (Where Tilly works) is looking to support by extending the practical learning opportunities. Having adopted a very all-round approach this support for better Training will hopefully help to give more value to rural farmers on the long-term. The visit was followed by a meeting at Bottlehouse, mostly about the April Meet-up of all partners in April and the Scouts camp in September.  Though we both did mostly observe, we didn't mind at all because we learned so much about the professional side of Julie's and the Partners work. The second and third visit were both more than 6 Hour drives away, but in different directions, meaning we took 3 days for each, with a stop back in Kathmandu. We started with Janakpur, where SAATH is providing tailoring and Mithila-Arts training to women from one of Nepals most marginalized communities. Getting this very rare insight into the lives of these women really helped us to understand why sometimes the most need of support are the hardest to reach out to. Their community is so shut-off that it seems like they have been left out when it comes to the development in education and hygiene, especially, which had thought to have reached every Nepali in 2020. Truth is, SAATH is one of very few of the 50000 NGO's in Nepal that is at least starting empowerment programs for this community. One of the positive take away from Janakpur is definitely that SAATH has achieved what many NGO's have failed: to take their beneficiaries out of the position as a victim and truly treating them as women who have a lot to be proud off: they are getting a qualification, maybe a business and then a bank account, nearly all of them have around three kids, and undoubtedly everyone has had incredible hardship, still they're going to school for the first time in their lives, on top of all they are wearing the most colorful saris. The third visit was with a relatively new partner, Forward looking, who is working towards equal opportunities in education. Two of their projects are supported by ONGD, both are aimed at enabling physically disabled people to live their life with more dignity and independence. Mostly through different trainings, like for example goat farming, tailoring, electrician or beautician trainings, the beneficiaries are able to do much more on their own, most importantly earn money. The area which we visited had the advantage of making facilities like schools and training centers relatively easily accessible for Forward looking to work with. With the experience gained from similar projects in 7 districts and with the support of ONGD-FNEL, Forward Looking could continue its work in Palpa and Gorkha districts last year with an approach where a little goes a long way. In Rampur, we visited 10 beneficiaries in their homes, and exchanged with them about how useful they would say the trainings financed by the ONGD were in enabling them to be more independent. For most, the main value of their training was that now  they could do something for themselves, they have more dignity. All together, we've learned a great deal during the field visits, thank you Julie for taking us to places we would never have been able to see like that! Cathy has got only two weeks left now and she can't begin to explain how sad she is to leave soon. She laughs about how she'll look like with teary eyes and hands full of souvenirs to remind her of her second home, when she arrives back in Luxembourg. No hands will be big enough to hold all the funny stories and great experiences we've had, one of the best things we got to see was the Himalayas on a clear day. The picture shows us two with our friend Nisha, after having trekked for hours through the Annapurna region.  In one month we had both half a meter snow in the mountains and 20 degrees in Kathmandu and Janakpur. We know a lot of the Nepali ways by now, but we're still a little surprised every single day.  Namasté, Cathy and Tilly

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    Thanks to Association Luxembourg Nepal

    For supporting our projet 2019/2023 "Trainings for teachers and parents in rural schools with Dhulikkel Hospital" – Project 002

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    Namaste from Tilly & Cathy

    Hello to home! It's been a year since we updated you last, but it's not our fault! Both of us have had some great projects coming up at work: At Cathy's work they've celebrated 3 years of SAATH's shop Danfe and welcomed the new beneficiaries for which Cathy's been preparing sone math classes. At SCLC, a lot of maintenance is going on to prepare the farm for summer: we've made new bottleways, building a new washing place and a new cow-shed. At the moment we have a lot of visitors and interns from College coming to learn about social work, when I'm showing them around, listening to their discussions or planning projects with them, I'm learning a great deal about the importance, approaches and difficulties of Social work today. Of course, we're doing more and more exploring as well: together we went to Nagarkot for a dayhike where we saw a beautiful sunrise, Cathy went to visit friends in Sindhuli, Tilly has been looking around the monasteries and Hattiban forests in her village. Kathmandu is becoming more and more familiar to us as well, very slowly we're making our way around and are slowly able to understand more about Hindu and Buddhist culture everyday. Having had the time to accustom to the "Nepali ways" that might seem very funny in the beginning, we're both now shopping at the market, taking local buses and making friends with Nepali grandmas.  One of our favourite moments from last month was definetly Christmas Eve, we've celebrated it with two of our Nepali friends, a Finish girl who's volunteering and a Dutch traveller. We had dinner in Thamel and spend a great night wandering around the busy streets where both foreigners and Nepali people were wishing each other a merry Christmas. Cathy spent Christmas day with friends , cooking and Tilly with the family of a friend from her work in the Garden of dreams.Needless to say: special celebration Momos were involved. All in all, NYE and Christmas were very different than at home, but we can gladly  say that it was nonetheless a day to spent with friends that kept us busy so we didn't miss our families too much, still we were both a little extra happy that we could see them on a videocall, and lucky too because we called them right before a powercut. At the moment, we're crossing of one more destination of our list: Chitwan. We will just tell you one thing which is, of course, #visitnepal2020. We're also really looking forward to seeing the projects of the NGO alongside Julie next month.  Namaste, Tilly and Cathy

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    "Nepal, country of contrasts" - Photo exhibition

    Nepal is a fascinating country, where meet many ethnic groups and cultures, tradition and modernity, the crowd of the city and the calm of the remote villages, the highest mountains of the world and a dense and wild jungle. The exhibition "Nepal, country of contrasts" from the ONGD-FNEL brings together images taken by Marc Hammer and will make you travel to the heart of this country and its multiple facets, to better understand it. The opening will take place on Friday January 31 at 7 p.m. in the Am Gronn space (12 rue Munster in Luxembourg) and you can discover the exhibition until February 14. During the weekend, we will also offer you a screen printing workshop and retransmissions of the film "Rajani", the inspiring testimony of a young Nepalese girl born in the high mountains and separated very young from her family. Price - Free Contact information:  Phone: 26480441 E-mail: Internet: https://www.ongd-fnel.lu Organiser: ONGD-FNEL

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