CAN’s work in Nepal began in response to a spontaneous request in 1989 to help improve conditions of labour in the Himalayan trekking industry.
A request soon followed to help improve village infrastructure in Ghunsa, near Salleri. As word spread, similar requests were received from other regions; slowly at first but with greater urgency as the civil war took hold throughout Nepal.
During these years of civil unrest (1996-2006) CAN, along with other charities, filled a gap as the Governments resources focussed on the civil war. It provided direct support to schools, health posts and other neglected community projects. In the years following the civil war, Government funding has been haphazard and unreliable and so CAN continued to provide funding and support to projects in the most sustainable and appropriate manner it could.
After 30 years, CAN has delivered or directly supported over 45 projects in Nepal, including:
20 health posts,
3 porter rescue shelters,
7 community buildings and other welfare / community related projects
Numerous livelihood and social welfare projects.
The charity is now moving into a new phase of existence. Following the rebuild after the earthquake, CAN’s structure and profile is greater than ever. It currently provides access to health care, education and porter protection to approximately 250,000 rural Nepalis.
CAN’s ethos is quite simple in its ultimate objective; to provide support where it is needed the most, straying off the beaten track to support communities who are driven to support themselves, and reduce donor dependency.
The key principles that form the ethos are: