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ABOUT US:  Volunteer Nepal National Group (Volnepal, VNNG) is a local, independent, non-profit organization. VNNG was founded in 2000 and registered with the Chief District Administration Office and the Social Welfare Council; it was formally established in Kathmandu in 2004. VNNG was created to implement new initiatives that could better answer the need for communication between volunteers and community groups with NGOs operating both locally and internationally. Our model is an adaptable approach to community building. We examine community resources, develop a community vision, and take action to create meaningful change. We work to assist and improve the welfare of the underprivileged in our society. Our work includes community rural sustainability development, education and capacity building, technology, literacy, economically self-sustaining activities, women, children and gender issues.

VISION AND MISSION: To help promote and create a healthy community, which is economically and socially stable and has a restorable, sustainable environment for future generations. Our mission is to fortify the efforts of grassroots nonprofits and NGO's and to coordinate these organizations' efforts to alleviate or eliminate the causes of poverty. We do this in communities through the implementation of ideas, funds and volunteers.

BACKGROUND: Nepal is a country of amazing extremes. There are the world's highest mountains including Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest--8848m) towering above populated valleys and forested plains in which the lordly tiger and trundling rhinoceros live. Enchantment is everywhere, be it on the shoulders of high mountains, on terraced farmlands meticulously carved like stairways out of hill ridges and rushing rivers, or in forests full of wildlife, flowers and bird songs. Something for everybody: tourist, trekker, river runner, mountain biker, wildlife enthusiast, poet, artist, writer, scholar, or the weary in search of a personal Shangri-La. In Kathmandu, the capital or in its suburbs, to cross a street is to travel across centuries. Shrines, temples, palaces, palace-squares, ageless sculptures and legends that are parts of every brick and stone and gilded masterpiece, make Kathmandu Valley a verifiable museum.

HISTORY: Nepal has a long glorious history. Its civilization can be traced back to thousands of years before the birth of Christ. Modern Nepal is an amalgamation of a number of principalities which had independent entities in the past. Before the campaign of national integration launched by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, the Kathmandu Valley was ruled by the Malla kings, whose contributions to art and culture are indeed great and unique. As the popular legend goes, the original settlers of the Kathmandu Valley were the Gopalas, the Abhiras and the Kiratas, later succeeded by the Lichchhavis, who in turn where succeeded by the Thakuris and Mallas. In 1768 A.D. the Shah dynasty ascended the throne of the unified Kingdom.