Who we are


Identity

The Swiss Organization Sagarmatha is a non-profit organization based in Switzerland.

Main objective

To finance the Sagarmatha (SASS) and Punarbal Plus centers in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Means of action :

  • Sponsoring of children
  • Humanitarian trips (to accomplish specific projects)
  • Financial support to the two local institutions (Sagarmatha Asahaya Sewa Sangh and Punarbal Plus) by means of fundraising in Switzerland.

Our values

Our association seeks to improve the living conditions of the children living in these homes. The values we hold dear are:

  • Transparency of our activities
  • Respect of the children being cared for by our project
  • A long-term commitment

In collaboration with the teams that manages the centers, we make sure that the children are taken care of in the best possible way. We strive to provide them with dignified living conditions and an environment in which they will strengthen their ability to learn. Once their compulsory studies are finished, we offer them a practical training.

History


In 2002 and at the request of Assistance Médicale Toit du Monde (France), Phinzo and Beena Sherpa, a Nepalese couple living in Kathmandu took in some street children in their small apartment in Kathmandu. This was to mark the beginnings of the Children of Sagarmatha adventure.

A film describes these first years : watch it here!

In 2004, a building was purchased (with private funds) near Bouddhanath to take in more children. Then in 2006, the first group of students from the Geneva International School visited the orphanage. Other further trips for students were organized (2006, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018).

The Swiss Organization Sagarmatha was created on 10 December 2010 in Founex (VD) to find sponsors in Switzerland and to ensure the financial stability of the center.

The Swiss organisation is now the main organisation that finances the centre with 80% of the annual budget. She is in constant contact with the home and on some occasions organizes trips to Sagarmatha for members of the Swiss committee, friends or sponsors.

Would you like to know more about life at the Sagarmatha home ? Discover Mikhail Goussarov's film.

Since 2020, the Swiss Organisation Sagarmatha has been supporting Punarbal Plus, a centre for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Committee members

  • Myriam Eden, president
  • Sylvie Nahum, treasurer
  • Nadine Barreiro
  • Grégoire Borboën
  • Catherine Christ Revaz
  • Jean-Philippe Gay
  • Mikhail (Mike) Goussarov
  • Anne K.
  • Christine Krattinger Allaman
  • Francis Laune
  • Béatrice Pothier
  • Olivier Revaz

Would you like to find out more about their work and learn more about Sagarmatha? Click here

Volunteering

Our heartfelt thanks go to:

  • Quentin Choffat
  • José Galera
  • Marianne Naegeli, accounting
  • Sylvia Palivoda-Rodicio
  • Andrea Plasschaert

If you have any skills that we could put to good use, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us. We have several volunteers helping us out.

Budget


We support the Sagarmatha centre since 2010 and the Punarbal centre since 2020.

The total budget of the two centres amounts to approximately CHF 140'000 per year.

Sponsorships, donations and collections constitute the totality of the contributions received by the Swiss Organization Sagarmatha.

As the amount of sponsorships doesn't allow us to cover the total cost of taking care of the children - accommodation, school, food, supervision,... - we organize events, collections, etc.

Our association does not deduct any administrative fees and 100% of the benefits go to the projects.