Aishworya is run and staffed by volunteers. We do not take a wage for our work. Our running costs are covered entirely by donations and volunteers accommodation fees.
We operate within Nepali child safety and volunteering laws. For transparency, we also arrange regular visits from social workers who ensure our children’s rights are upheld.
Nirmala Ghimire – Director & ‘Aama’
In 2005, Nirmala quit her job as a driving instructor and sold land to set up Aishworya. She lives at the Home full time to care for the children. Her husband and three adult children live nearby and support her decision wholeheartedly.
The children call Nirmala ‘Aama’ (Nepali for ‘mummy’). She never refers to Aishworya as an ‘orphanage’ because our children have a home – with us.
Pramila Ghimire – Assistant Director
Pramila is Nirmala’s daughter and considers herself a big sister to the children. She lives nearby with her husband and son and comes every day to take care of the children. Pramila’s also responsible for administration and looking after our volunteers.
Pramod Ghimire – Primary Support
Pramod is Nirmala’s son. He assists in the day-to-day running of Aishworya and supervises the children – in particular the older boys, who see him as a companion and role model. Pramod works outside Aishworya but is always on hand to support.
Dr Mohatra – Medical Suppport
Dr Mohatra first came to visit Aishworya in August 2008 after a chance encounter with Nirmala. He was so impressed that he immediately offered to volunteer his services and conduct regular health checks. He’s been invaluable ever since.
Children often arrive at Aishworya having never been to school before. The older they are, the harder it is to catch up to kids in their class. Vikram Sir very kindly teaches them the basics so they can go to school with more confidence.
Extra Support and Assistance:
Barun Khadka, Bina Khadgi, Rina Khadka, Shamjana Thapaliya and Tej Bahadur Dangi
A house full of children needs constant attention. We have several volunteers who live nearby and come as often as they can to help around the house. The children love them very much and we couldn’t do without them!
Rose Bernstein (Rekha) – UK Treasurer & Donations Coordinator
Rose first volunteered with Aishworya in 2007 and now supports us by managing administration and donations that come through the UK or PayPal. ‘Rekha’ is Rose’s Nepali name.
“I have amazing memories of my time in Nepal, particularly of reading with the children and taking them out on trips to the cinema and the park. Having been there myself also means I can be completely committed to Aishworya because I know first-hand just how fantastic it is, and how well the children are looked after by Aama, Pramila, and the rest of the staff, friends and volunteers in Kathmandu.”
Capucine Querenet – USA Fundraising Co-ordinator
Capucine’s been running fundraising events for Aishworya since she was 10. She created Protect the Children Inc., a non-profit that makes giving easy and tax-effective for American donors. As Fundraising Coordinator for the USA she’s working towards funding the children’s long-term educational and vocational needs.
Kalyan Mahat – USA Fundraising Co-ordinator
Kalyan is Nirmala’s nephew. He raises awareness and fundraising for Aishworya in his hometown in California. If you’re in the US and would like to know more about Aishworya, you can email Kalyan.
Kimberley Smyth (Kalpana) – Communications Administrator
Kimberley first volunteered at Aishworya in 2009 and now supports us with our website and newsletter communications. ‘Kalpana’ is Kimberley’s Nepali name.
“My time volunteering at Aishworya left a long-lasting impression on me. Aama, Pramila and the staff do such a wonderful job. The children receive so much love and the home is a well-run, warm, and wonderful place to be. I found helping the children with their homework most rewarding – they’re so eager to learn. I hope to visit again soon. In the meantime, I’m glad I can still support from afar.”