Response. Relief. Renewal.
Nepal Communitere is a Nepali run and based non-profit organization that brings together Nepali and international groups to operate as one community. Nepal Communitere provides a dynamic, collaborative space for relief and sustainable renewal, giving individuals and organizations the means to pioneer innovative solutions and become self-reliant. The Nepal Communitere Resource Center and Innovation Hub will enable international, national and local non-governmental organizations and communities to work together to transition from initial emergency relief to longer term development.
Nepal Communitere was founded in response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal on April 25th, 2015. The worst earthquake to hit Nepal in over 80 years, the disaster killed more than 9000 people and left 2.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. These devastating effects were further compounded by subsequent earthquakes, leaving affected communities in a state of trauma and insecurity.
Nepal Communitere is the Nepali branch of Communitere International, an innovative non-profit, pioneering an effective international model for sustainable disaster recovery. Our approach involves an active, experienced, on-the-ground presence with a focus on providing the resources, processes and tools required to empower local communities to take an active role in the renewal of their own community. In addition, we are committed to bridging the gap between individuals who are willing to help and organizations that can effect change. Central to that commitment is the notion that communication, information and strategic partnerships are vital to effective emergency response, recovery and renewal of affected communities.
A History of Success
A disaster, by definition, destroys communities by severely affecting not only life and normalcy but infrastructure, leadership and hope. But disasters also motivate those who have a heartfelt desire to help. In the aftermath of the 2004 earthquake in the Indian Ocean that caused the most deadly tsunami in history, an astonishing array of organizations and people responded, mobilized and arrived in record time. They brought energy, technology, skills, food and comfort… and they brought it all at once. Unfortunately, the heartbreaking result of this instantaneous outpouring was that it exposed fatal logistical gaps; rice rotted before it could fill empty stomachs, medicine expired before it could help the sick and dying, and water languished in warehouses while thirsty people drank fetid water contaminated by disaster.
Communitere grew out of this failure. In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami – and in Peru following the 2007 earthquake, in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, in the Philippines just after the 2013 typhoon, and here in Nepal after the Great Earthquake of 2015 – Communitere provided the ability to connect the dots at the final mile and created a foundation that provided a path to repair and to ensuring that everyone affected sees hope for the future. Nepal Communitere emerged from the idea that a disaster can become a catalyst for innovation. Brilliant new ideas of how to rebuild lives are being applied in communities throughout Nepal as innovative solutions are supported into becoming successful projects through our dynamic Makerspace, Resource Center and Business Incubation program. Our aim is to transform grassroots innovators into successful social entrepreneurs who are working towards building a more resilient Nepal.
The vision of Nepal Communitere is to provide a vibrant, inclusive community and model Makerspace to enable successful innovation projects through the support of collaborative and effective partnerships, while being financially and organizationally self-sustainable.
With her leadership, Bahar intends to establish Nepal Communitere so that it embodies the space where artists, entrepreneurs, thinkers and doers may find a place to play, connect, and catalyze viable opportunities for Nepalis to build sustainable livelihoods.
Bahar gravitated towards Nepal Communitere because of its guiding approach and dynamic makerspace and quickly joined the team to support the organization towards its success today.
Bahar is an experienced strategist who fosters bold ideation to meaningful products and services. She has extensive consulting experience in business development, organizational development and community/consumer engagement in both the social and business sector in Nepal and the United States. In bringing out the best potential in people and their ideas, Bahar has a no nonsense, roll up your sleeves approach in balancing results with a strong inclination towards process to foster holistic business approaches. Bahar holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelors in International Development and Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Bahar is Indian American with deep roots in Nepal. She enjoys spending time with her little ones, crocheting and building a yoga practice.
Finance & Administration Manager
Currently working as a Finance and Operations Manager at Nepal Communitiere, Aarati is an MBA graduate from Western International University, (India Campus), Phoenix, Arizona. Aarati has broad experience in finance, marketing, human resources and process management. Having worked as an operations and HR consultant for a leading private healthcare company in Kathmandu, and also having worked as a marketing officer for Sunrise Bank Ltd and Finance Manager for a multi-national company in India, Aarati’s expansive experience has been finely honed with a keen eye for numbers and strategic structuring. Her pragmatic approach, knowledge in finance, management skills, big picture perspective while remaining detail oriented, and, most importantly, her easy nature makes her a perfect combination to lead the operations and HR of an organization. She’s been described by her colleagues as a fun, social and spirited person, who puts organizational and team’s interests before her own.
Anita moved backed to Kathmandu a few months after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. After studying Global Health and Child Development at Tufts University for her undergraduate degree, Anita proceeded to work with the Somerville Public School System and later with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Children’s Health and Well Being program. Bringing her mentoring, community building and programmatic experiences back to Nepal was a natural fit. Since her return, she has spent her time traveling and volunteering to better understand how diverse groups of Nepalis access services within systems of health, education and finance.
During her downtime she enjoys playing with her dog Oolong, looking up lyrics by her favorite hip-hop artists on genius.com, and making travel plans with friends and family.
Rachana is currently pursuing her B.A. in Business Administration at West Cliff University. She loves public speaking and enjoys attending personal development courses. She’s worked as a tutor and feels that knowledge leads to never-ending wealth. Through her love of volunteerism for social welfare, she’s worked with the Red Cross Society and Scouts Nepal. She’s attended several workshops on professional development and communications and remains enthusiastic and eager to learn new skills as building blocks for her career. Rachana loves literature and writing articles and poems along with traveling and sketching. Above all, Rachana would best define herself as an avid learner. She feels more than happy to be part of the Communitere team and to be working with this wonderful organization that supports creativity and innovation.
Makerspace and Cargo Bar Extraordinaire
Hari Adhikari is from Chitwan, Nepal and provides managerial support to Communitere, looking after the Makerspace and Cargo Bar. Through his work with the Communitere team over the past year, he has learned many technical skills which has strengthened his skills and abilities. “Nepal Communitere provides people with the resources to innovate and create through our Makerspace and I love the environment here!”
Hari loves how everyday we come across different organizations, people and ideas in our collaborative space which provides an opportunity to learn from one another. He’s a committed member of the core Communitere family and feels inspired to be here working with such innovative people! On his off days you can find Hari cycling and trekking.
Base Manager, Logistical Coordinator
Dilip K.C. is from Dolakha- Northeast of Nepal and has been working on the logistics and day to day supply and maintenance tasks for different INGOs and NGOs for the past 25 years. He also has experience working in electronics, transportation, supply chain and construction. He is a hard worker; even during his free time, he tries to engage himself in some fruitful work. He’s worked for organizations such as Save the Children, Red Cross Nepal and has been working with Nepal Communitere since it was launched in 2015.
Shanti is a valued member of the Nepal Communitere staff. She is responsible for making the most delicious lunch served at our office, and is well-known for her friendly demeanor.
Chair of Board, Nepal Communitere
Basu Gautam, born and raised in the town of Bhairahawa near Lumbini and has over fourteen years of experience working with Nepalese community within Nepal and the United States. His professional experience includes being a National Program Coordinator of Demo Finland ‘Youth Project’ in Nepal, working closely with cross-party political youth and students of Nepal focusing on joint youth agenda and constructive dialogue, National Consultant of UNDP ‘Peace Building and Recovery Unit’ based in Kathmandu, Nepal consultant for United States Institute of Peace (USIP) working with security-sectors and civil society leaders and consultant for Princeton University’s ‘Innovation for Successful Societies’ research program in Nepal to name a few.
Besides his professional life, he is heavily involved in volunteer work through Lumbini World Peace Forum, an organization for which he currently serves as President. Lumbini World Peace Forum is dedicated to promoting peace and social justice through creativity, arts, innovation, cross-cultural dialogue and environmentalism. Mr. Gautam holds Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from Strayer University, USA. He is married and has a daughter.
Treasurer, Nepal Communitere Board Member
Kritika is a development student at Kathmandu University, currently working on her final year thesis. She has been involved with various changemakers, organizations and initiatives working in the field of development in Nepal for the past five years. Anything that brings even a small difference to lives of local people keeps her going.
Currently, she works as the Coordinator for the London based magazine, Dreams, and occasionally writes for various print and online media. She was intensively working on the reconstruction of an earthquake-hit school in the rural village of Arupokhari, Gorkha last year when she encountered Communitere International and is happy to now be a part of this family.
When she is not obsessing over some fictional character of a book or a series, she can be found either in her kitchen experimenting with food or on her computer working on articles for her magazine. She enjoys evening walks, reading poems and getting to know new people.
Dr. Nama Budhathoki
Nepal Communitere Board Member
Dr. Budhathoki received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed his postdoctoral training at McGill University.
He is the Founder and Executive Director at Kathmandu Living Labs, a not-for-profit civic tech company working to harness human potential and creativity by leveraging open data and open mapping technology. Kathmandu Living Labs had been creating maps in Nepal using OpenStreetMap, a tool allowing people from all over the world to add details to maps, such as road networks, hospitals and schools. These maps became a useful tool in assisting the response after the 2015 earthquakes, as it enabled those delivering relief materials to navigate more efficiently and effectively.
Due to his pioneering work here in Nepal, Dr.Budhathoki has earned himself worldwide renown, being featured in many prestigious media outlets, such as the New York Times and the BBC, as well as being invited to contribute to mapping events around the world.
Nepal Communitere Board Member
Sujan Chitrakar is a Kathmandu based visual artist, curator and the head of Center for Art and Design at Kathmandu University. He curated “Retrospective of Birendra Pratap Singh-2015” and was in the curatorial team of Photo.Kathmandu 2015. He facilitated Kathmandu International Art Festival – Earth | Body | Mind in 2012 as a Creative and Logistic Consultant and has also co-curate its first edition – “Separating Myths from the Reality” in 2009.
He received Fulbright Senior Scholar Award 2013-14 for an artistic research project at Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia. He has several participations in international group exhibitions that include his representation for Nepal at Fukuoka Triennale 2005 and Colombo Art Biennale 2011. His solos include “The Marks of Our Time” 2015, “Utopian Introspection -Random Expressions within Defined Periphery”, 2004, “Masticated Faces” 2004 and “let’s talk about ART, baby!” 2010-11. He is one of the founding members of Sutra Nepal, an artist-led group pro-active during 2003-08. Sujan’s works are in private collections within Nepal and abroad including in Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan. His presentation and talk venues include Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, University of Notre Dame, California Institute of Arts, University of Utah, Westminster College, Cornish College of the Arts, and Yale University.
Currently, he is involved with #RebuildingBungamati Project and has contributed voluntarily to serve the community of Bungamati through various programs. In his free time, he organizes PechaKucha Night Kathmandu.
Nepal Communitere Board Member
Rajesh Lama (better known as Lama), is a certified freelance trekking guide and outdoor instructor, with five years experience in the outdoor adventure field in Nepal. Lama loves the outdoors and adventure sports and spends most of his time trekking, rock climbing and mountain biking.
He is certified in first aid and CPR WMI NOLS, Outdoor Leadership from Initiative Outdoor, Basic and Advanced Ice Climbing from Khumbu Climbing Centre and Basic Rescue as well as Basic Mountaineering from Nepal Mountaineering Association. Lama has great enthusiasm for learning, consistently striving to upgrade his skills and knowledge and in helping others do the same as an instructor, guide, mentor and friend.