CFFN Members Bring Aid, Raise Funds in Wake of Earthquake

CFFN is pleased to announce that the organization raised a sum of $2220 to help with Nepal Earthquake relief efforts. This amount will contribute through the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. With the Canadian Government matching all donations, we were able to make $4440 worth of impact in Nepal! We would like to make special mention of Jason Dai and Amanpreet Minhas for their generousity.

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Earthquake in Nepal

The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015 has caused the death of over 7,000, injured tens of thousands and rendered millions homeless. The cost of rebuilding has been estimated to exceed USD$5B – a staggering amount for such a poor nation. For the Nepalese people this is the greatest crisis in their lifetime.

CFFN wishes to express its deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives and extent our sympathies to all affected.

CFFN has begun raising funds to help with the aftermath of the earthquake. These funds will be forwarded to the Canadian Red Cross which has been involved in managing relief efforts in Nepal from the beginning.

The three child-care centres currently receiving CFFN support have been spared and will continue to operate.

CFFN will continue to support long term developments in Nepal despite such a staggering setback.

Stay Strong Nepal!


CFFN is pleased to announce that a sum of $2200 was raised through various means and donated to the Canadian Red Cross. With the Canadian government matching the funds, we were able to make $4400 worth of impact in Nepal! We would like to make special mention of Jason Dai and Amanpreet Minhas for their generousity.

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Laughing for Mina 2013: An Evening for Early Childhood Education in Rural Nepal

Laughing for Mina 2013

Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) is hosting an evening of Nepalese cuisine and Canadian comedy on Friday May 31, 2013, and you are invited! Laughing for Mina is an event to entertain while helping to create scholarships for rural women to receive training in early childhood programs as part of our Community Child Care Centre (4C) initiative. The evening includes appetizers, a full Nepali-style dinner and dessert, as well as a comedy program from Absolute Comedy, a raffle for great prizes, and a table where you can purchase Nepalese goods – all to support education for the youngest of children in remote villages.

We would love you to celebrate our success and help us to prepare for the year ahead! Laughing for Mina again promises a different kind of 4C: Company, Comedy and Cuisine for a Cause.

Venue: Rinag Banquet Hall, 88 Jamie Ave, Ottawa (See Map)
Date: Friday, May 31, 2013
Time: Doors open at 6:00PM

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

Phone: Tineke @ 613-730-4963

Please contact us at if you or your company are interested in sponsoring this event.

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

Alberta grant to support Open University of Nepal

The government of Alberta has awarded Athabasca University a $21,000 grant to support its efforts towards establishing an open university in Nepal. The grant was made by the Honourable Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit, at the opening of the university’s new Academic and Research Centre on July 29th.

The grant, made under the department’s Community Initiatives Program, will support the analysis of a pedagogical model for the Open University of Nepal.

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Directives on Funds and Fundraising

Dear Friends:

Thanks to all efforts and goodwill of so many people including those in Nepal’s Ministry of Education, NRNA, CFFN, Athabasca University, and other friends of and from Nepal, the Initiative for Open University of Nepal (OUN) has gained a strong ground in recent months. The signing of the “Resolution on Initiative for Open University of Nepal 2010” on October 7, 2010 in Kathmandu by President of NRNA Mr. Dev Man Hirachan and Ministry of Education Representative on Initiative for OUN, Mr. Janardan Nepal, in witness of Minister of Education Hon. Sarvendra Nath Shukla, and President of International Council for Open and Distance Education Dr. Frits Pannekoek was a landmark event for OUN. The formation and endorsement of Steering Committee led by the Ministry of Education and also the formation of Nepali National Advisory Committee to guide the Steering Committee was also a major step forward. Continue reading