IDEAS For Us – Nepal was founded in 2016 after Tika Ram “Santosh” Poudel became the third IREX Fellow to IDEAS For Us and traveled to Orlando, Florida for a four-month immersion program from August to December of 2015. The United States Department of State specially selected him as a candidate and IDEAS selected him for the program. Santosh is from Pokhara, Nepal and when IDEAS lead an expedition there in July of 2016, three branches were rapidly established. IDEAS For JMC, IDEAS For CMC, and IDEAS For Nepal.
IDEAS For Nepal has focused on Ecology and Waste projects in Pokhara and Kathmandu. Tree plantings, food forests, trash-clean-ups, and upcycling workshops have been the primary focus for the IDEAS For JMC branch, especially because they are stewards of Lake Phewa in Pokhara Nepal. In 2017, IDEAS For CMC (Chitwan Medical College) lead an expedition to Monrovia Liberia to team up with IDEAS Leader, Stephen Lavalah to hold a Dr.’s Without Borders Trip to help one of West Africa’s most needy communities.
IDEAS For Nepal and the subsequent branches are run by extraordinary individuals. Our country director is Pradish Poudel and Tika Ram “Santosh” Poudel. Dipesh Grung is also a leader at large in the capital city of Kathmandu, Nepal.