Introducing the Chelsea Education Center

The Chelsea Education Center has begun! Classes are underway in motorcycle repair, music, computer software, computer hardware, tailoring, beauty salon, and mobile phone repair. It was quite moving witnessing the first day when all the teachers and students met and settled down to business. Many thanks to Glenn Detrick for spearheading this long-planned project in memory of his daughter Chelsea.

Please visit the Chelsea Center page for more information about this important project.

Nepal Orphans Home is honored and privileged to have the support of Sanctuary for Kids Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that raises money for international and Canadian charities. Sanctuary for Kids particularly supports charitable organizations that provide vital services to youth and children who are in crisis. Please visit to learn more. Over the last two years the Sanctuary for Kids Foundation donated funds towards the operation of Nepal Orphans Home's newest home in Dhapasi, Papa's Gumba (Sanctuary) House, and towards the education of the girls now residing there. In addition, the Sanctuary for Kids Foundation has contributed to the capital fund for the  future campus of NOH.

Our Mission

Nepal Orphans Home attends to the welfare of children in Nepal who are orphaned, abandoned, or not supported by their parents. Papa’s House provides for the children’s basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing, as well as schooling and health care, and administers to their emotional needs with love and compassion. Papa’s House allows children to grow up in a nurturing environment. The mission of Nepal Orphans Home is not just to rescue children from abject poverty, but to enable the children to develop and realize their potentials. 

Our Vision

Nepal Orphans Home envisions establishing a permanent campus in the Kathmandu valley. Currently all of our buildings and grounds are leased. We hope to purchase one to two hectares of property (roughly two to five acres) outside of Kathmandu city, where we will have our four Papa’s Houses that together could accommodate up to 200 children. Individual rooms in the homes will be equipped with bunk beds, desks, and lockers for several children. In each home will be a study hall equipped with personal computers and Internet connection. A common dining hall would serve all of the children. Read more

Our Story

Michael Hess found the orphanage in March 2005. This is the story of his discovery.

One fateful day many months ago I walked over the crest of a hill that I had found myself gazing upon nightly from my balcony. The crest was only a mile away, a 20-minute uphill walk. With each step I was leaving the hustle and noise of Kathmandu farther behind and entering a world of relaxed harmony, a quiet and serene landscape of individual small homes with gardens, and more chickens and goats than pedestrians, on the rocky dirt road snaking towards the top. There was a powerful energy of goodwill emanating from the smiles of every person I would pass.

A friend of mine had found an orphanage another mile distant that she said needed some help, and she was anxious to take me there.

As we hiked I felt a tremendous sense of clarity, an awareness that I was in a moment of divine intervention; an unaccountable, quiet excitement started coursing through me that suggested something pretty remarkable was taking place in my life.

When we reached a miserable, abandoned-looking little house I couldn’t imagine anyone living there. “This is it,” my friend offered, and I was sure she was joking. It was still—not a sign of life in the midday heat—and so small. “Namaste!” my friend called out, and in moments we were engulfed by the kind and cheerful residents, some eager, some shy, as they poured out of the house led by “puppy,” the small house mascot and protector. The spirit that came like a cloud around us was thick with love.

It seemed like a reunion had taken place when several hours later I waved goodbye. I felt that all of my life's work was in preparing me for this moment, and I am ready.

Read more about the discovery and renovation of the orphanage
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