Fraud Warning

It has come to the attention of Canada Foundation for Nepal that there is an individual or individuals using CFFN’s logo, mission statements, writings and general spirit of goodwill to deceive and defraud people of money. Currently, there is a scheme asking Kenyans to apply for a position at Canada Forum for Nairobi by filling out a form and including a registration fee.

Please note this is not official whatsoever and we at CFFN advise anyone offered this opportunity to contact local authorities immediately.

Canada Foundation for Nepal is 100% volunteer-based and do not hire employees. We do not solicit funds in this manner. We currently only have an office in Ottawa, Canada, and only operate out of that office and with select individuals in Nepal.

If anyone comes across more schemes like this one, we would highly appreciate being made aware of it so that we can take appropriate actions.

Thank you,
Canada Foundation for Nepal

Event: CFFN Annual General Meeting 2012

Saturday, June 9, 2012
, 2:00PM – 6:00PM
Ottawa Citizen Conference Centre
1101 Baxter Rd, Ottawa, K2C 3M4, Canada [map]

Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) invites you to its seventh Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for June 9, 2012 from 2PM to 6PM (-0400 UTC) in Ottawa, Canada. All members and friends of CFFN are invited and encouraged to attend. For those unable to make the meeting in Ottawa, you may participate online via Skype.

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Press Release: CFFN Hosts Successful Fundraiser for Early Childhood Education Initiative

Laughing for Mina FundraiserMay 3, 2012 – Ottawa, Canada: Canada Foundation for Nepal, a non-profit organisation working to bring the light of knowledge to the margins of Nepal society, hosted its first fundraiser on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Rinag Banquet Hall in Ottawa (SEE: Event details).

Over 110 friends of the organisation came out for the Laughing for Mina event, enjoying an evening of comedy featuring an Indian/Nepali dinner. With tickets, drinks, raffle tickets and donations, the event raised funds, all of which will be used to hire and train teachers for two Community Child Care Centres (4C) in rural Nepal villages.

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Laughing for Mina: An Evening to Bring Community Child Care Centres to Rural Nepal

Laughing for Mina Fundraiser We are pleased to invite you to join us at the Laughing for Mina Comedy Evening! CFFN is organizing a night full of laughs (courtesy of Absolute Comedy), prizes, and a full South Asian dinner. Tickets for the event are $50 each, or $45 each when reserving a table of ten.

Venue: Rinag Banquet Hall, 88 Jamie Ave, Ottawa (See Map)
Date: Friday, April 27, 2012
Time: Doors open at 6:00PM

Only 150 tickets are available, so please reserve your place in advance!

Phone: Tineke @ 613-769-0842

On top of a delicious meal and laughs, alcoholic beverages and Nepali goods will be available for purchase to help support our cause.

All proceeds from this event will be invested to train teachers in Montessori early childhood education for the current Community Child Care Centre in Madi, Nepal and a new centre under development in Humin, Nepal, as well as maintenance and repair of the Humin village school.

Please contact us at if you or your company are interested in sponsoring this event.,-95.677068&sspn=43.123021,93.076172&vpsrc=0&t=h&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=88+Jamie+Ave,+Ottawa,+Ottawa+Division,+Ontario+K2E+7Y6,+Canada&z=16&iwloc=A&cid=10868702376082468841

CFFN Sponsors Toronto Nepali Film Festival

Canada Foundation for Nepal has joined the Toronto Nepali Film Festival as a non-profit sponsor. The Festival, being held on March 17, 2012 from 1:30PM – 10:15 PM in Toronto, will showcase nine extraordinary Nepali films from Canada, Nepal and the US. The annual festival is organized with the goal of promoting Nepal’s rapidly emerging and vibrant independent filmmaking industry and adding a distinctive voice to Toronto’s cultural landscape. For more details, visit the TNFF website. Continue reading

Invitation for Contribution to ‘Sustainable Livelihood System in Rural Nepal’

Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) is a registered not–for–profit organization dedicated to advance research and education and economic development programs related to Nepal. CFFN has been active in several programs and projects in these areas. It has organized several conferences in topics related to Nepal’s development, and it is also a major partner in the Open University of Nepal initiative. Further information on CFFN is available at Continue reading

Sustainable Livelihood System in Rural Nepal

A brief overview of the theme of the book and guidelines for the authors

Overview of the Book

This book project is launched by Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN). One of the major objectives of CFFN is to facilitate research activities focused on the economic development of Nepal. CFFN is a major partner in the currently ongoing Initiative for Open University of Nepal, (OUN) which began almost two years ago. OUN is a collaborative project of NRNA, CFFN and the Government of Nepal, while Athabasca University of Alberta, Canada is the chief technical and academic supporter for the Initiative.

The proposed book was conceived to achieve several goals. It will be a text or reference book for college level students, both undergraduate and graduate, in Nepali universities. It is also being designed as a text book for the upcoming OUN for rural development program, and which can also serve as a reference for policy makers, international development experts concerned with rural development in Nepal and domestic experts and consultants interested in the field. Continue reading

Survey of vitamin D, Omega-3 and Cholesterol Status of South Asian Canadians and White Canadians Living in Ottawa

Health Canada is looking for volunteers for a study to obtain data on blood levels of vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and bio-markers of cardiovascular health of South Asian Canadians and White Canadians living in Ottawa.

To qualify for this study you must be a South Asian Canadian (Canadians of Bangladeshi, Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani and Sri Lankan descent) or a White Canadian (Caucasian, Canadians of European descent) and must be between 20 and 79 years of age. If you are selected for the study you will need to fill out a dietary questionnaire and make 2 outpatient visits (each lasting 30 min) to a blood clinic in a community centre in Ottawa during a week-end in late winter and late summer in 2012. At the clinic, a small sample of fasting blood will be withdrawn for analysis of blood levels of vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and cholesterol. In addition your weight, height and skin colour will be measured.

After the study is completed, the volunteers will be provided their results for vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and cholesterol.

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions about the study, please contact:

Dr. Nimal Ratnayake,
Nutrition Research Division, Health Canada
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway, Ottawa
Tel. 613-954-1396

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OUN Logo Proposal

Benjamin Wood, designer of the CFFN logo and graphic materials, as well as designer of the current interim OUN logo, has designed a new logo for OUN to adopt. He says, “the interim logo that is currently in use, like the OUN Initiative itself, was always meant to showcase a concept that would later grow into a full-fledged design. Here is that design.”

While at the OUN office at the ministry of Education in Nepal, Ben has collaborated with the OUN volunteers on many variations to evolve the current design. This document will highlight the strongest design that he believes best conveys the themes and goals of OUN, while offering variations for consideration.

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Update 005: Open University of Nepal Initiative

Dear Supporters of Open University of Nepal (OUN) Initiative:

Some notable progress have been made since our update of August 1, 2011. The highlights of this period are given here.

  1. August 15, 2011: Jiwan Giri and his organization donated a modern document digitization machine to OUNI. The machine has been already brought to Nepal and operating know-how has been transferred to Nepali technicians. A model to generate funds for OUNI with the services that can be offered to other institutions have been developed.
  2. August 15, 2011: Dr. Lawa Deo Awasthi beceme the new Joint-Secretary of the Ministery of Education and therefore the new member of the OUNI Steering Committee.
  3. August 26, 2011: Athabasca University donated 20 laptops for the pilot academic program of the Open University of Nepal Initiative. The laptops were handed over to NRN-Canada President Dr. Binod KC and NECASE President Moha Nath Acharya by the Director of Distance Education of Athabasca University Dr. Mohamed Ally in Edmonton, Canada in a public program.
  4. September 15, 2011: NRNA delegation including President Dev Man Hirachan, Patron Bhim Udas, Executive Director Rajesh Rana and OUNSC Member-Secretary presented a case for OUNI to Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Finister Hon. Narayan Kaji Shrestha.
  5. September 15, 2011: Member Secretary Pramod Dhakal handed over the concept paper of the OUNI to the Prime Minister of Nepal Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, who was also extended with was an invitation to OUN Stekeholder Meeting to be held on October 11, 2011.
  6. October 11, 2011: OUNSC with kind hosting of Ministry of Education and NRNA is organizing a Open University of Nepal Initiative Stakeholder Meeting at Hotel Soaltee Crown Plaza with the Prime Minister of Nepal Dr. Baburam Bhattarai as the Chief Guest, the president of ICDE Dr. Frits Pannekoek as Keynote Speaker.