The Bentham Foundation was inspired by Mick Bentham’s initial visit to Nepal in 2010 and was established in in 2012.
Seeing the underprivileged conditions of the local children and the lack of fresh drinking water throughout the country, Mick became passionate about wanting to make a difference.
Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with almost one-quarter of its population living below the poverty line. The Chepang people (Chepangs) are a semi-nomadic tribe of Nepal who live in some of the poorest conditions and are often extremely marginalized from mainstream society. They belong to one of the lowest cast of the country and too often are perceived as an ‘untouchable’ community. To date, very little has been done to improve the lives of the Chepang people.
There are approx. 52,000 Chepang people that live on the foot hills between Chitwan & Hetauda with 50% of children dying before they can reach the age of 5 years of age.
The Bentham Foundation, together with the in-country partner LHFN (Lighthouse Foundation Nepal) have three major objectives in Nepal:
1. Provide clean water by way of the provision of biosand filters to those communities in need, especially the Chepang and Bardi people.
2. Provide funding to meet the costs of running a hostel in Hetauda and sponsor up to 50 children of the Chepang people to live there. These children will be chosen from those at risk or orphaned with the aim of assisting food, clothing, emotional wellbeing and of course education.
3. Fund the rental of a hostel in Jorpati, Kathmandu that house 52 children.
The Bentham Foundation is proud to be a partner for project J742NA Chepang Community targeted IDL, Nepal with Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993), an Australian AusAID approved Non-Government Organisation carrying out quality humanitarian projects with approved partners and providing aid to relieve poverty and provide long term solutions.
- Address: PO Box 1386
- Postcode: 4157
- City: Capalaba
- State: Queensland
- Telephone: 0412 322 480
- Fax: 3245 6088