Our Model

Long-term Presence: Quick fixes don’t work in the developing world. Therefore our local staff lives in the villages for 3-4 years where they run all of our programs and train local leaders to run the projects after we leave. They also continue to mentor and support the local leaders after Tevel completes the direct intervention cycle.

Local staff supplemented by international volunteers: We approach all of our work with humility and with a desire to learn from those we wish to help. Therefore all of our work is planned and led by our outstanding Nepali staff, and supplemented and enhanced by the enthusiasm and specific skill-sets of our volunteers.

Holistic:

The roots of poverty are complex and intertwined. In order to make a sustainable impact on a community we have to address the community needs in a holistic, multidisciplinary approach. That’s why our activity focuses on the following:

 

  • Agriculture: Demonstration farms, farmer training, crop diversification, irrigation, livestock management and care and other farming techniques

  • Education: Teacher training, computer and media education in schools and after school, English-language programs, adult literacy and computer competency.

  • Early Childhood Development: Staff training for local ECD staff, building infrastructure for ECD activity such as ECD appropriate classrooms.

  • Youth empowerment: Tevel runs Nepal’s first apolitical nationwide youth movement called “Hami Yuva” (Our youth). Activities include leadership development, theater and arts, and media.

  • Women’s empowerment: Women’s groups, health and sanitation projects, micro-finance, literacy training, computer education

  • Health, sanitation and nutrition: Water safety, sanitation, crop diversification, health education, first-aid training

  • Media, internet and networking: Computer education in schools, youth movements and women’s groups, training on using media as an advocacy tool, training on specific media tools such as photography, filmmaking, blogging, social media and more

Rural:

Urbanization is one of the main societal challenges in developing nations. As traditional livelihoods and community structures are destroyed by globalization, conflict and environmental degradation, the villagers are attracted to the cities where they hope to improve their standard of living. In reality they lose their traditional livelihood and community and are drawn into more extreme poverty. They are also exposed to new social ills such as drugs and prostitution. We aim to change this trend by strengthening the villagers within their traditional, rural communities and building the community’s capacity to absorb the knowledge, technologies and positive aspects of globalization.  .

The direct interaction and common living experience with the most needy populations in rural communities also gives our volunteers a deep understanding of the local culture and the problems and needs of the villagers. This understanding is critical to their ability to make an impact on the commu