Volunteers
At this time NEPAL SEEDS does not have volunteer positions.  The best way to support the work of Nepal SEEDS is to share the stories and news about the earthquake's impact with your friends, families and colleagues, watch our Facebook page for updates, and make a donation. Thank you for your interest and support of our work.
Board of Directors


KP Kafle, Executive Director and Founder

KP Kafle, the founder of Nepal SEEDS, runs a successful trekking company in Nepal.  In 1998, his desire to “help me give back to my country” resulted in the formation of Nepal SEEDS. KP’s tireless energy and commitment to his country have enabled him to personally oversee the growth and development of the foundation’s activities in three primary regions of Nepal. Equally at home on a dirt floor in a remote village or making a presentation to a standing-room-only audience, KP inspires all who meet him. He is the father of 3 sons and lives with his family, including 2 grandsons, in Kathmandu. In 2007, KP was recognized by REI Adventures as one of their top 8 guides in the world. KP continues to lead groups on his village treks and to numerous mountain peaks and paths to see the beauty and grandeur of the Himalayas.

Keith Goldstein, President
 
Keith is the owner of Everest Waterproofing and Restoration in San Francisco. He is proud to include many Tibetans and Nepalis among his dedicated workforce. Keith is past president of Food Runners and can still be found each Saturday at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market collecting surplus food for delivery to homeless shelters. He is active in his local community and serves on the Boards of several community organizations.

 
Barbara Cambon, Treasurer 

Barbara first traveled to Nepal in 2003, after planning such a trip for many years. Seizing the opportunity to take a month away from her business, she signed up for a trek guided by KP Kafle, a chance meeting that has grown into her involvement with Nepal SEEDS. She has returned to Nepal every year with her daughter, and has been able to visit many of Nepal SEEDS projects and see first-hand the results of KP’s efforts to improve the lives of families in remote mountain villages.
Donna Warrington, Secretary 
 
Donna lives in San Francisco. Donna is about to embark on her 11th trip to Nepal. She fell in love with the country and the people on her first visit in 1986. Donna is a founding director of Nepal SEEDS. Donna has been visiting Nepal regularly since the mid-80's. She works as a stenographer.Donna has worked extensively with exile Tibetan communities and volunteers locally for hunger relief programs.
Esther Lev

Esther is executive director of The Wetlands Conservancy, a statewide nonprofit based in Tualatin, Oregon. Over the past years she has worked to restore and preserve Oregon’s wetlands – marshy areas that provide vital wildlife habitat and the potential to forestall climate change. Born in Cleveland, on the shores of Lake Erie, she went west and studied ecology and biology at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. She then took off around the world.  In Baja, Calif., she worked as a sea kayak guide and did bird research. In Thailand, she led ecotourism activities. In Nepal, she led elder-hostel programs, worked on bird wetlands projects and volunteered with Bird Conservation Nepal.

 
Geoff Childs

Geoff is a professor of anthropology and environmental studies at Washington University in St. Louis who studies demographic processes and socio-cultural change among Tibetans living throughout Asia. He has conducted research in rural villages of Tibet and the ethnically Tibetan enclave of Nubri, Nepal, where SEEDS has several projects. His current research investigates the impact that rapid development has on inter-generational relations in Tibet, and how migration affects household economic practices in Nubri. Learn more about Geoff Child's research and publications .

 
W.P. (Bill) Nevins

Bill has been involved with volunteer work, fund-raising efforts, community development, and non-profit service for over 50 years. His entrepreneurial career began at age 14, and his wide-ranging careers include: nurseries & landscaping, oil & gas land management, restaurants, parking garages, health care, real estate sales & development, historical restoration and, today, tree farming (fruits, nuts, teak, bamboo). Bill first visited Nepal in 1976 during the monsoon season and vowed to return when it was dry. He finally returned in 2010 to trek with KP and Board members Keith, Donna, and Geoff. That adventure inspired a book, which is now in its 3rd Limited Edition. Bill pursues numerous projects from Costa Rica, where he lives with his beautiful wife and menagerie of adopted pets.
Linda Besant

Linda has worked and volunteered in non-profit service organizations for over 30 years, much of that time with a focus on outdoor adventure programs for people with disabilities. She brings to the board many years of experience in both strategic planning and fundraising. Linda first visited Nepal in 1973, and returned in the spring of 2011 to trek with KP Kafle, where she learned about SEEDS. Linda has traveled in Africa, Asia, Europe and Scandinavia, sometimes with her partner who works in international public health with a focus on population issues and women’s health. Her work has made her aware of what a delicate proposition it is to "help" in a way that is respectful and empowering; she strongly supports SEEDS cost-effective community partnership project model.
Seth Acharya

Seth was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. He worked as a trekking guide and travelled all over Nepal.  In course of his work and travels, he experienced the challenges and daily living requirements of village life and the poverty of his people. Seth has been touched by the lives of those numerous “ordinary” people and is committed to doing all he can to give them an opportunity to raise their living standard. He has been involved with the Nepal SEEDS since its initiation. In addition, Seth has been a volunteer for Food Runners San Francisco every Saturday since 2000. He is currently the Operation Manager at Everest Waterproofing and Restoration in San Francisco, California.  Most recently Seth married. He and his wife, also from Nepal, reside in San Francisco.

 
Anita Lall Chamis

 
Anita first trekked in Nepal with KP and Barbara Cambon. She found that the beauty of the country, warmth of the people and KP’s Nepal SEEDS projects keep bringing her back to explore different regions of the Nepal Himalaya. Anita lives in Redondo Beach, CA and works as a GPS Enterprise Architect at TASC, an Engility Company.
Mark Felstehausen

Mark Felstehausen is Head of Social Studies at the International School of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo. Mark first travelled & studied in Nepal on a University of Wisconsin Nepal Program, met KP during a 100-day directed study trek in the Khumbu/Everest region, and will always be part Nepali. Mark remains committed to sustainable development and established Sacred Heart SEEDS Nepal. Sacred Heart strives to support ‘schools helping schools’ and believes that primary education, especially for girls, provides the key to a sustainable future.

 

Cris Miller, Board Member
In Recognition

Cris has spent a large part of her life exploring and guiding in various places around the globe. In addition to co-founding and managing her own adventure travel company for 11 years, she worked as a program manager for REI Adventures focusing primarily on Asia and Africa destinations. She was a tenured faculty member at Green River College and Western Washington University in outdoor education for nearly 12  years. Since her first trek in Nepal with KP, she has always felt that Nepal is a small country with a large heart. The natural scenery is beyond superlatives! The kindness and warmth of the Nepali people captured Cris’ heart and led to her desire to serve as a SEEDS board member.

Barbara Secrest, Founding Director
In Recognition

Barbara is a co-founder of Nepal SEEDS with a 25 year history of involvement with the people of Nepal. She began trekking in Nepal in 1986, organized cultural and art tours of Nepal, established a Nepali import business and spearheaded the formation of the Nepal SEEDS organization in 1997.

Nick Lederer , Founding Director 
In Recognition

Many thanks to Nick Lederer, one of our founding directors. Nick recently resigned from our Board after many years of dedicated service. He will concentrate on the organization he founded- Golden Gate Senior Services. Nick's insight was always valued and we will miss him!

Frank Weinstock, MD, Director
In Recognition


Frank served on the board of directors for over a decade during which time he visited project sites in Nepal. He resides in Canton, Ohio and Boca Raton, Florida. We are grateful for the dedicated service he provided for Nepal SEEDS and wish him well in his retirement.

Chuck Pinnow, Director
In Recognition


We are grateful for Chuck's years of service to Nepal SEEDS and for his generosity. Chuck will concentrate on his business selling Nepali paper items (NepalesePaper.com), which provides much-needed jobs for Nepalis; and spending time with his lovely wife Adora.
Marguerite (Peg) Swift, Director
In Recognition


Peg has a long interest in traditional livestock-based cultures and a commitment to the highland regions of Nepal. Her involvement in Nepal SEEDS, with a focus on Nubri and Tsum in the areas of health, education, and cultural preservation, spanned from 2000-2013. We are grateful for Peg's wisdom and insight gained through years of experience living among indigenous peoples of the world.
Sabra Jones, M.D., Founding Director
In Memoriam

Sabra inspired all who knew her.  She was a compassionate, committed humanitarian who loved Nepal and its people.  We will always remember her devotion to Nepal SEEDS.

 

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About Nepal SEEDS
Nepal SEEDS was founded in 1998 by trekking guide KP Kafle who cares deeply about his country and the everyday challenges faced by fellow villagers. He inspired a group of his friends to support a non-profit organization that provides funding for projects at the grassroots level.
 
Nepal SEEDS Mission Statement

Nepal SEEDS helps people improve their health and welfare by supporting grassroots projects that involve community partnerships in the areas of education, water, health, and the environment. By working closely with project recipients we encourage villagers to identify their most pressing needs. We then work with them to develop solutions that are economically feasible, sustainable, and sensitive to cultural concerns.

Geographical Focus

We concentrate our resources on a specific project areas within Nepal.

Staff

Our Nepal-based staff organizes their communities, monitors the non-profit projects, and manages the office.

Partnership Model

Nepal SEEDS uses a partnership model to assist needy communities in Nepal. Contrary to views that often characterize larger development organizations the Nepal SEEDS Board of Directors recognizes that, as foreigners, we are not always equipped to know what is best for the communities that we serve. Effective projects emerge through careful listening and brainstorming, collaboration, and mutual respect.
 
The villagers meet regularly with KP, the foundation’s Executive Director, to propose projects and commit to direct, local participation in the execution of those projects. Through this dialogue, Nepal SEEDS supports solutions that are feasible, sustainable, and compatible with the social and cultural situation. Over the first decade of Nepal SEEDS activities, this strategy has proven successful.
 
Our projects are truly collaborative. Nepal SEEDS provides funding, material assistance, and professional advice. Our community partners provide the necessary land, labor, materials, and local expertise. Nepal SEEDS also provides training at both the individual and community levels so that people are able to maintain the long-term viability of projects. This collaborative approach creates a locally vested ownership; our partners are committed to sustaining projects, and developing innovative solutions when problems arise.

Much of our success is contingent on the personal relationships and rapport that have been cultivated with people in the project areas. KP and his team of project coordinators visit these communities regularly, as do Nepal SEEDS directors. Clear and consistent communication between directors, staff and project recipients is a formula for success based on mutual trust and accountability.