Mission and Organization

Our Mission

The Rising Child Nepal Foundation transforms the lives of impoverished Nepalese children by providing them with what should be every child’s birthright – education, housing, medical care, and loving support.

How we work with the children

  • We serve Nepalese children and hire staff without regard to caste, religion, disability, ethnicity, or political affiliation. We actively foster tolerance and diversity.
  • We are non-proselytizing and unaffiliated with any religious group.
  • We support only children who have no other opportunity for education or a better life.
  • We deeply admire and respect Nepalese culture and society, and strive to promote them in the children.
  • We emphasize the development of personal and social responsibility in the children we support.

How we develop and implement programs and commitments

  • We take seriously the trust that a dependent child places in us. We ensure that we have the necessary financial and logistical stability before we take on children who will depend entirely on us. We will not abandon these children once they enter our fold (they have been abandoned enough in their lives).
  • Likewise, we ensure that we have sufficient logistical and financial support in launching programs before making promises to Nepalese communities.
  • Since we cannot do everything, we do thoroughly what we can do—whether a small act or a major program—from inception to follow-up.
  • We manage our growth carefully, developing programs in the context of local need, potential, and participation—not in terms of organizational ambition. We favor “slow but sure” growth that involves Nepalese communities and organizations.
  • At the same time, we value our ability to cut through red tape and act quickly—and strategically—exactly when needed, thanks to the years founder Margreta (Maggie) Kerr has lived in Nepal and her understanding of the Nepali system.
  • We prioritize interventions that can make significant, enduring improvements in children’s lives. For this reason we emphasize education, the only way an orphaned or poor child in Nepal can break out of the cycle of poverty.
  • We creatively “bundle” our interventions with sustainability measures. For instance, while we restore a malnourished child’s health, we teach his or her mother how to prepare locally-available foods to prevent future malnourishment.

How we manage our internal affairs

  • Because we are passionate about our mission, we are fiscally prudent, working “in the black” so we are able to deliver on our commitments.
  • We take great pride in stretching the reach of every dollar donated to us. Because we work in a developing country, we can accomplish so much within our budget. We feel enormously responsible to our donors’ generosity.
  • We operate with integrity, transparency, and high ethical standards.