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Who We Are & What We Do

Hoste Hainse is a non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) that has been catering to sustainable community development through education for the last 30+ years. We build and run non-profit free-for-all community schools for underprivileged children across rural Nepal, where poverty levels are high and education penetration low. Our education programs are primarily funded via donations, but we also run sustainable fundraisers spanning both income generation programs as well as eco-friendly endeavors, which now cover about 15% of our budget. Our income generation programs are local and currently include fish farming as well as milk delivery, while our eco-friendly endeavors include fundraising through recycling (Recycle for Education), reusing (Reuse for Education), and tree planting (Plant for Education) to name a few. Hoste Hainse is a member of both the United Nations Global Compact as well as IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

Hoste Hainse - UNGC Member     Hoste Hainse - IUCN Member

Our Story

Hoste Hainse was founded in 1990 by Sulochana Shrestha-Shah, and had the initial purpose of ensuring sound working conditions for the employees of its sister concern, Formation Carpets, a for-profit hand-knotted rug exporting business. The efforts of Hoste Hainse included hygiene programs with complimentary health insurance, provident fund facilities, and paid maternity leave, to name a few, for a 100% female workforce advocating women empowerment. Programs like a day-care and pre-school facility for the children of the employees, to ensure the children would not end up playing on the streets (which was a problem that plagued Nepal then), were one of the first milestone efforts of Hoste Hainse. As the children grew up, Hoste Hainse started to become involved in obtaining full/partial scholarships for them to attend school with the proceeds of Formation Carpets business. This catapulted Hoste Hainse into the education sector.

In parallel, Sulochana Shrestha-Shah was at the forefront of battling child labor issues in Nepal, hand-in-hand with 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Kailash Satyarthi, which led to the establishment of Goodweave in 1995 (Goodweave was known as Rugmark until 2009). Sulochana Shrestha-Shah was the first elected president of Rugmark Nepal. The organization is dedicated to ending illegal child labour primarily in the hand-knotted rug manufacturing industry, via a certification program that allows companies like Formation Carpets that pass inspection to attach a logo certifying that their product is made without child labor. More importantly, Goodweave rescues children forced into child labor and has facilities for rehabilitation, which includes education and reunification with parents. In 2013 Goodweave branched out into the brick sector via Better Brick Nepal to eliminate child, forced and bonded labor in brick kilns through an incentive-based system linked to market demand for ethically produced bricks.

By 1997, Sulochana Shrestha-Shah was awarded the Advocates for Human Rights Award [cached] for her continuous spearheading of social issues from the business sector, her work at both Rugmark/Goodweave (via Formation Carpets) as well as Hoste Hainse, pushing her motto "business with ethics." The Human Rights Award yielded in multiple synergies with like-minded individuals and organizations, and launched the Hoste Hainse education programs across rural Nepal, primarily where poverty levels are high and education penetration low.

Us Today

Hoste Hainse currently runs four schools, grades ECD (Early Childhood Development) through 10, across four villages in the district of Sarlahi, Province #2, which lies in the Terai, the plains in the south of Nepal. Sarlahi is considered a developing region which means that poverty-levels are very high, gender discrimination rampant, access to basic facilities difficult, and education penetration in the average household extremely low. Sarlahi, with a literacy rate below 50%, is one of the least educated districts in Nepal. Our programs in Sarlahi started in 1998, and 20+ years later we are proud to share that our high school matriculation rate (SLC/SEE) has always been over 90% (100% for the last five consecutive years) since inception, with the national averages being at about 40%, and the government school averages even lower than that. As of now, the number of girls in high school is climbing up to the same level as boys. Because our schools are so high performing, even children not enrolled in our schools flock to our classrooms, and we do not have the heart to turn them away. Further, our education programs are complemented by Income Generation Programs, such as fish farming and milk delivery, which is indigenous to the region, and are run by parents and other members of our schools, which in turn generates funds to make our schools as self-sustaining as possible. At the present, about 15% of our total Sarlahi budget is covered by our income generation programs.

Hoste Hainse also provides educational support to schools in Jhapa, Nawalparasi and Bajura in conjunction with partner organizations, Chance for Life Nepal, Nepalhilfe Bietigheim-Hersfeld, and Zukunft Entwickeln, to name a few. Post-earthquake (2015), we started educational support programs in Sindhupalchowk and have re-built schools in the region.

A paragon in providing educational support to underprivileged children across Nepal, Hoste Hainse has more success stories than it has been able to tell, public relations being one of its weaknesses. To tackle this, we have recently started an informal blog, which aims to tell stories expediently as they happen, before they get lost:

Hence, what started as a simple scholarship project for five underprivileged children at a carpet factory is now an organization that supports over 2,500 across Nepal.

Our Name

In case you are wondering, the colloquial Nepalese expression "Hoste Hainse" can best be translated into English as "Heave Ho" which is the term most used in Nepal while collectively working on a challenging task. So, let's Hoste Hainse!

Our Vision

A sustainable world in which every child has access to education.

Our Mission

Sustainable community development through education.

Our Executive Committee

Hoste Hainse is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors, which is elected through the general assembly for two-year terms among prominent business entrepreneurs, child rights activists, members from the non-profit sector and like-minded individuals. The Board meets on a quarterly basis to discuss and oversee the Hoste Hainse’s activities, finances, as well as provide guidance to staff. The board formulates policies and approves the budget of the organization.

    Sulochana Shrestha-Shah - President
    Niva Shrestha - Vice-President
    Prabodh Prabhakar Rijal - General Secretary
    Sanjeev Pandey - Treasurer
    Neeraj Nepali - Member
    Jay Krishna Shrestha - Member
    Shishir Kumar Singh - Member
    Rishi Keshab Bikram Shah - Advisor
    Ajit Bikram Shah - Advisor
    Sabitri Thapa - Advisor
    Madhab Mathema - Advisor
    Purushottam Shrestha - Advisor

For more information on the Hoste Hainse Board, please visit the Board page.

Our Staff

Hoste Hainse has a highly dedicated team of staff members who take care of the organization's educational as well as social activities.

    Krishna Bikram Shah - Executive Director, Pro Bono
    Rashmi KC - Executive Program Manager
    Binay Chaudhary - Sarlahi Project Coordinator
    Lilian Gueber - Volunteer Europe Coordinator
    Aayushma Bastola - Volunteer U.S. Coordinator

International Registration

Hoste Hainse USA is registered as a "friends of" organization of Hoste Hainse in the United States of America. It's EIN is 45-3011082 and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Formation Carpets - Corporate Sponsor
Hoste Hainse - UNGC Member     Hoste Hainse - IUCN Member

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