Overall our vision for The Onni Project is to give an opportunity for new life to orphaned, abandoned and at-risk Nepalese children and provide for their needs in a loving, safe environment where they can receive every opportunity to grow up as happy, well-balanced members of society with hope for a bright future.
Living in a safe home receiving a proper education, the Onni children will become confident and strong members of the society. Through access to knowledge, skills and qualifications, they will be able to secure a financially healthy future, which will in turn benefit not only themselves, but their families and community as well. Most of all they will grow up with a healthy and happy sense of self to explore the surrounding world to make their very own future. This is especially true with girls who unfortunately still hold a grossly disadvantaged position in the Nepali society.
“Childhood is the foundation stone upon which stands the whole life structure. The seed sown in childhood blossoms into the tree of life” - Gandhi
Onni is located in Pokhara, a beautiful lakeside town at the base of the Himalayas, approximately 200 km West of Kathmandu.
Onni House opened on the 26th of October 2008 and has been providing a home for 16 young lives of whom most are already high school and university students, some working a trade, majority living independently. Children who we support are always selected regardless of their religion, sex, colour or tribe.
In October 2018 when the lease expired at our original Onni property, the Onni children moved to Namaste Children's House to live with their NCF siblings. Namaste Community Foundation is our local partner organisation since the very beginning in 2007.
The regular daily activities in the house ensure that the children are growing up in the best possible environment. Proper nutrition, clothing, sports activities, medical care, counselling and guidance are all an important part of the everyday life. When young people are reintegrated back in to the society, we continue to guide and support them and also provide partial financial support for those who need.
The Onni Project is established and managed by joint co-operation between Wind of Change International (Australia/Finland) and Namaste Community Foundation (NCF Nepal).
Medical examinations are regularly conducted on all the children, and treatment is given as required. NCF has existing arrangements with a local hospital as well as an in-house doctor who visits in case there are any worries with the children’s health status. The children are also immunised according to the WHO immunisation schedule. As part of a wider organisational policy, Wind of Change also covers the medical expenses of all the local Onni staff and their families.
Education is a priority. The children go to a local private school to gain the best quality education available. In addition, the in-house staff is engaged to coach and encourage children with lower academic standards to a level where they are able to cope better in mainstream schooling. We believe that as the children are guided academically, they will enter society equipped with the necessary life skills and moral values that will enable them to make a significant and lasting impact on the future of Nepal.
It is imperative that the children are given high quality care and support. The highly competent and experienced staff working for the Onni Project ensures this. It is only through the dedication and hard work of these wonderful role models that the children are growing up in such a happy and healthy family.
Our aim is to regularly build the capacity of the staff for their own confidence and contribution in providing a better future for themselves and their families. The growth in confidence, skills and job satisfaction for the staff is key when assuring the overall well-being of the house.