“In 2000, REED Nepal embarked on a transformative journey with a profound mission: to enhance the quality of inclusive education and empower communities throughout Nepal. Born out of a deep-rooted connection to the country, the organization traces its origins back to the legendary mountaineer and philanthropist, Sir Edmund Hillary. Sir Edmund Hillary's passion for Nepal and its people was ignited during his expeditions to the majestic peaks of the Himalayas. After a remarkable day of mountaineering in 1960, he crossed paths with Gregory Lowe, a New Zealand teacher and member of the first Everest summit team. It was during this encounter that Sir Edmund Hillary's commitment to giving back to the Nepalese community was ignited. Inspired by conversations with Sherpa Urkein, who eloquently expressed the importance of education and development, Sir Edmund Hillary took a monumental step. He founded the first school in the Solukhumbu district, providing underprivileged children with the gift of formal education. This visionary initiative laid the foundation for what would eventually become REED Nepal.The idea of teacher training, a powerful catalyst for sustainable change, took shape in the minds of Gregory and Mary Lowe in 1990. Their unwavering dedication led to the initiation of the first teacher training program in 1994, under the auspices of the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. Guided by the indomitable spirit of exploration and adventure, Jim Strang, a renowned New Zealand climber, assumed the mantle of leadership for this groundbreaking program. 


The resounding success of the teacher training program resonated deeply with the communities it served. Recognizing the immense impact and potential for transformative growth, REED Nepal was officially established in 2000. With steadfast support from organizations in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, UNICEF, Australia, and the Nepalese government, REED Nepal's vision began to soar to new heights. Jim Strang, a tireless advocate for educational empowerment, played an instrumental role in REED Nepal's journey. His unwavering commitment to uplifting Nepali teachers was honored with the prestigious Queen's Service Medal of New Zealand. Even after this well-deserved recognition, Jim continued his invaluable collaboration with REED Nepal, pouring his heart and soul into their teacher training programs.


Today, REED Nepal stands as a beacon of hope and progress, extending its transformative services to 23 districts across the nation. Embracing innovation and diversity, the organization has opened its doors to passionate volunteers from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and many more countries. Together, this global network of change-makers shares their expertise and knowledge, fostering a vibrant exchange that empowers Nepali communities. Recognizing the value of research and development, REED Nepal has forged a vital partnership with Western Sydney University. Through an enriching internship program, the organization leverages cutting-edge insights and practices to enhance its programs and initiatives. By prioritizing outcome-oriented strategies, REED Nepal remains steadfast in its commitment to expanding its reach, aiming to launch initiatives in ten additional districts. To ensure the sustainability of its noble endeavors, REED Nepal has established a dedicated Training & Research department. This strategic move empowers the organization to generate internal resources, fostering self-sufficiency and enabling long-term growth. By incorporating rigorous monitoring and evaluation practices, REED Nepal continuously strives to scale its impact, leaving an indelible mark on the educational landscape of Nepal. 

As REED Nepal looks towards the future, its vision remains resolute. With an unwavering focus on creating a rich history as the preeminent organization dedicated to development initiatives, REED Nepal envisions a future that ignites lasting change. Through its compelling vision and tireless dedication, REED Nepal aspires to empower countless lives, ensuring that every child in Nepal.”