TIKA Foundation

The Dutch TIKA Foundation has been established to support underprivileged children in Nepal to get a better future, by improving their environment and their learning opportunities.

In 2006 Marcel and Ankie van Wersch worked as volunteers in an orphanage in Nepal. They decided that when they got back home, they would raise money to set up a ‘better’ children’s home, where children would not just have a roof over their heads, but where they would get the attention they need as well as and proper education. This is when they met Tej Shrestha former Red Cross teamleader and asked him to be part of this project..

Tej now works with us for all those years and sets up and manages all our projects in Nepal. He never disappointed us and we are very happy to have this dedicated and reliable person within our team.

This is why in 2007 we set up our foundation. We decided to open a small scaled children’s home, as soon as we would have gathered 3 years of funding in advance. In February 2008 this lead to the opening of New Life Children’s Home in Pepsi Cola (Kathmandu), called home by 15 children who are lovingly looked after by Didi Sushma.
Since then we have set up new projects in the field of education, schools as Career Building International Academy, (in Pepsi Cola, Kathmandu) and Shalom Academy in Banepa, where children get quality education for an affordable school fee. The school gives about 20% of its students a scholarship, so that even children of poor families get a chance at a better future.
We are running a Girls’ Scholarship Program in the rural region Solokhumbu (Everest) where girls often don’t get a chance to go to school at all. With our help, 36 girls get to go to a school that offers quality education.
In Banepa (Kavre region), where street children are offered education. We had been asked by the Red Cross to set up and manage this project. We support children with food, regular education and extra classes, as most of them haven’t been send to school at all. Some of them we even offered hostel facilities.
We have set up a study fund for children from our projects who are talented for higher education. We are proud to have reached the point where several children are studying successfully in universities within and outside Nepal where they do some work for their living  as well
Of course we need funding to realize and continue our projects, year after year. Please see the Donation link for your contribution to our goals. If you would like more information or have any questions about our projects in Nepal or donations, please send an e-mail to

Our Philosophy: To improve the quality of life of underprivileged children in Nepal we hold on to five basics for all of our projects:

Durability: Our initiatives will be operated in the long run. We focus on education, health care, and self-reliance

Transparency: We provide financial transparency for our donators. 99,9% of all donations go straight to the projects in Nepal. TIKA Foundation is registered as a public interest institution. Our finances are monitored on a yearly basis by Flow Accountants

Professionalism: Quality is our standard. Therefore, in Nepal we only work with reliable and experienced local people whom we know and meet regularly. Tej Shrestha is program manager at Everest Foundation (the Nepali counterpart of TIKA) under which our projects reside. Tej used to work as a project manager for the international Red Cross and is co-founder as well as president of Volunteer Society Nepal (VSN). Tej reports regulary and we have frequent skype contacts.

Continuity: Only if we have financial guarantees for the long term we will set up a project. We strongly prevent a set back where the children will be out on the street again or find themselves unable to complete their education. Therefore we have created a 1,5 year cash reserve at hand for all our projects.

Strategy: Only when our projects are adopted by the local community we can ensure lasting results. We always work with local project managers and, whenever possible, make use of local expertise and local products. Our support contains funding and project guidance, management support and management training. We are aiming at a self-supporting future of the projects.

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