Nepal Earthquake - An Appeal

The Nepal Library Foundation family’s hearts go out to the people of Nepal at this time of suffering and tragedy.

Please consider sending a donation to the Red Cross or an organization of your choice. The Canadian Government will match any donation you make to the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) and possibly other organizations until May 28th. CRC donations will be passed directly to the Nepal Red Cross.

e-Pustakalaya for Janajagriti Ma Vi Baglung

An MOU has been signed between NLF Nepal and Janajagriti Ma Vi Baglung for establishment of e-pustakalaya. NLF is going to setup a library with 15 computers and install e-pustakalya software, train users for the School. It will also monitor and support the library once its established. The funds for this project has been provided by past students of the school with co-ordination from Som Sapkota, an NRN from Denmark.

The complete MOU can be found here.

Library Visit Report 2013

Between December 11 and December 24, 2013 Naresh Koirala, President along with Dhan Kumar Shrestha, NLF’s program officer, visited a number of libraries supported by NLF to:

Assess their uses and to try and understand the impact these libraries have made to the local community and
To understand the issues and problems they have faced moving forward

A Report on Shree Bishwawmitra Community Library, Lalitpur

On December 24, 2013 Naresh Koirala, President of Nepal Library Foundation (Canada) and Dhan Kumar Shrestha from the Nepal Library Foundation (Nepal) in Kathmandu, visited the Shree Bishwamitra Library where they met with the Library Management Committee and members of four Readers' Clubs in order to discuss how the community had benefitted from the establishment of the library. Most responses were extremely positive and included comments on:

NLF presentation in Atlanta, Georgia

A presentation on the works of Nepal Library Foundation is scheduled 15 March in Altanta Georgia. Anyone interested in attending is very much welcome.

The details of the event are as follows:

Date: March 15, 2014, Saturday
Time: 6-7 pm dinner, 7-9 pm presentation and q/a session
Venue: Himalayan Spice Restaurant, 2773 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30329

NLF thanks the Nepalese Association in Southeast America (NASeA) community for hosting the event.

Students of Sutherland School visit Nepal

In March this year, students of Sutherland School got the opportunity to see Nepal first hand and visit Prakash Library and Buddha Academy Boarding School that they have been supporting for a while now. The NLF is glad to know that the feedback students got from the visit was that Sutherland School's efforts have been "helping girls and women become self-sustaining and avoid early marriage".

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Held

On April 4, 2012 Nepal Library Foundation (NLF) hosted an “Appreciation Dinner” in Café Kathmandu, Vancouver, Canada to recognize local volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the last three years to raise funds for the Foundation. Thirty five people including the Foundation Directors attended. During the evening Naresh Koirala presented a slide show introducing different aspects of Nepal and, in particular, showing many of the libraries that NLF has supported. The volunteers saw, for the first time, the libraries supported with the funds they raised. Many were surprised by NLF’s accomplishment since its establishment six years ago. We hope that, someday some of the volunteers will visit our libraries and experience first hand the impact their work is making in the life of young people who had never seen a functioning library before. The visitors will certainly be made most welcome, in true Nepali style.

2011 Newsletter Published

Nepal Library Foundation has finally published its yearly newsletter for the year 2011. You can read it here in pdf.

In other news, "Library Development in Nepal: Problems and Prospects" authored by Naresh Koirala and Paul Bird has been published in the European Bulletin of Himal Research. You can download the article here.

Nepal Library Foundation News Update - May 2011

NLF Initiative with the Government of Nepal

For the last two years, Dr. Shiva Gautam of Nepal Library Foundation(NLF) has been lobbying the Government of Nepal (GoN) to allocate funds to start an ICT based education pilot project and e-library in Nepal. NLF believes that ICT based learning in all Nepali schools will be impossible without GoN’s unreserved commitment. The foundation president Naresh Koirala and board member Dr. Shiva Gautam recently flew to Nepal for a meeting with GoN in this regard.