Fund Raising and Grant WritingProgram Fees
As a not-for-profit, non-governmental (NGO) organisation, VIN does not have a funding agency. Our work is funded by our supporters. We are looking for a volunteer or intern, keen to put their writing skills to good use, to write comprehensive proposals to be sent to numerous organisations in the hope of fund raising.
At VIN our overriding objective is the empowerment of marginalised communities, focusing on those most marginalised; women and children. We have been working with Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC) since 2007 and have recently begun work in Okhaldhunga district in the Everest region. Across the community, our work is based on four foundations; health, education, economic tools and the provision of basic infrastructure. On these foundations we believe we can build an empowered and independent community.
While VIN supports a body of staff and local volunteers, all of whom ensure the consistent running of our programs, we a solely dependent upon our volunteer programs for support. As a fund raising volunteer or intern you will have the opportunity to see many of our community projects in action. Once you have visited, researched and understood our projects, you can begin to write detailed proposals. You will also be involved in writing grant proposals for future projects, based on research.
You will be based at the VIN office in Kathmandu, working in fund raising and grant writing, five to six hours a day, up to six days a week. Your free time will allow you to explore Kathmandu and its sister cities and to venture further into the Kathmandu Valley.
During your placement you will live with a Nepali host family. Here, you will have the opportunity to become immersed in family, community and Nepali cultural life. As well as enriching your volunteer experience, this insight will also provide a good background for your work with VIN.
Below is a list of areas we wish to develop proposals on:
- Women Empowerment Projects: women literacy, rights, income generative skills, micro-credit, women’s health
- School Improvement Issues: Teacher development, infrastructure development (classroom, toilets, library, playgrounds, computer and science labs, early childhood centers etc).
- Children’s Development: Children’s clubs, Orphanage center, early childhood development centers, child nutrition and health, sponsorships, creative activities, sports etc.
- Youth Development: Career development skills, vocational and life skills, English Language improvement, local community volunteering.
- Community Learning Center (CLC): A center/ platform for sustainable development practice; having an appropriate training/conference hall, library, computer lab / internet etc.
- Public Health: Toilet construction, Pure drinking water, a forestation (environment).
Throughout your placement you will have the full support of VIN. Your safety is our highest priority. On arrival you will be greeted at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transported to your hotel (alternative arrangements can be made for those already in Nepal prior to the start of their placement). You will then receive a comprehensive three-day induction, during which time you will be provided with information about your particular placement as well as general information, including basic Nepalese language and culture. This is also a good time to mix with other volunteers or interns who may be great sight-seeing companions and a source of support during your volunteer placement.
During the induction you will be accommodated in a hotel. However, a large part of the VIN experience comes from the immersion of a home stay with a Nepalese host family. While this is an essential part of the experience we also recognise that it can be a challenging one, becoming part of a new culture and becoming accustomed to facilities that will be more basic than those you are used to. However, all our host families are experienced in accommodating volunteers – although their ability to speak English will vary – and you will have 24 hour access to contact and support from our staff members during your placement.