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To improve the living conditions and livelihood of people through long-term holistic community development projects - planned, designed and implemented jointly within their context in partnership with individuals and communities.


To improve peoples' overall quality and standard of life, through holistic, long-term, integrated rural community development programs. Special focus is given on the poor, marginalised and disadvantaged people and community groups in remote, difficult to reach mountain communities.


Our main objectives are:

  1. To improve the overall living, health and hygiene conditions through relevant preventative measures such as awareness, education and applied holistic rural development projects.
  2. To improve the living conditions through the implementation of context related holistic community development projects (such as defined in the following points).
  3. To implement the "Family of 4" concept, light, smokeless metal stove, pit latrine and drinking water, in entire villages and individual houses.
  4. To provide energy services in the form of rural village electrification projects for light (through solar photovoltaic systems or pico-hydro power plant) in each house, and hot water through solar water heaters for community bathing centers.
  5. To improve the food and nutrition availability and variety of high altitude mountain communities’ through greenhouses, solar driers and nutrition programs.
  6. To improve quality of life through Non Formal Education (NFE) for out-of-school children and mothers, skill based training of local people for the maintenance of all implemented projects.
  7. Through ongoing, innovative new project development, research of applied renewable energy technologies, and projects’ long-term follow-up, data monitoring and recording, understanding long-term impact and changes and appropriate development approaches are possible.


  1. The poor, marginalised, socially oppressed and underprivileged individuals and communities in remote and mountainous areas.
  2. Special attention will be given to women, children and senior citizens.
  3. The main working area are the remote, mountainous, difficult to reach and least developed areas such as the districts of Humla in the Karnali zone.


The following is a summary of some of the main current programs:

  • Smokeless Metal Stove for high altitude Himalayan areas within Nepal
  • Pit Latrine for individual households and communities
  • Solar Photovoltaic Village Electrification Systems for Lighting purpose
  • Village Drinking Water Systems
  • Green House and Solar Drier for increased food availability and nutrition
  • Nutrition for malnourished children < 5 years of age and mother trainings
  • Non Formal Education for Out-Of-School Children and Mothers
  • Slow Sand Water Filter for individual household
  • Greenhouses, Solar Driers and Solar Cookers to increase food security
  • Community Bathing Centers powered by High Altitude Solar Water Heaters
  • Baseline and Follow up Surveys in all households in each village
  • Local people and RIDS-Nepal staff training, to increase the Social, Technical and Holistic Community Project Implementation skills
  • Follow-up Project with Data Collection and Evaluation of all previously implemented Projects (since 2002) in Humla, Nepal.

Research, Data Monitoring and Recording in the following areas:

  • Solar Photovoltaic Systems for Rural Village Electrification in various villages with Data Monitoring and Recording
  • Solar Radiation Measurement with Data Monitoring and Recording in 3 different Regions in Nepal in various locations
  • Solar Water Heater for High Altitude Community Applications with Data Monitoring and Recording
  • Smokeless Metal Stove for High Altitude Areas
  • Greenhouse for increased Food production, variety and medical herbs with Data Monitoring and Recording
  • Solar Drier for increased Food security through Food Storage
  • Battery Bank Data Monitoring and Recording
  • Indoor Air Pollution Measurement with Data Monitoring and Recording
  • e-coliform Data Monitoring and Recording of installed Drinking Water Systems and SSWF
  • Functional Literacy for NFE Classes
  • Preventative Health through applied RETs (Renewable Energy Technologies) and Holistic Community Development (HCD)Projects
  • Spring Water Testing through the various yearly season for spring protection and education
  • Long-term Impact and Changes possible through HCD Projects through Base-Line and annual Re-Survey Questionnaires in Villages HCD Projects take place and have been implemented.


Nepal is one of the least developed and poorest countries in the world. It's unique geographical, cultural, climatic and environmental conditions, demand new and creative long-term approaches to work in partnership with the local communities in appropriate and sustainable development.

Our current working area is mainly focused on the communities in the upper Humla district, in the Karnali zone, which is the least developed area of Nepal.

RIDS-Nepal is currently working in 13 villages in the three Village Development Committees (VDC), Dhandhphaya, Chaughanphaya and Hepka, which is a half to one day’s walk to the north from Simikot, Humla.

For more details on RIDS-Nepal and it's programs, or if you wish to participate in any way in the projects, please feel free to contact

Mr. Sanjay Nidhi, Program Manager
Phone: +977-1-5201739, Imadol, Kathmandu, Nepal
Email: Click here to send a site mail


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