Jambo, Namaste and Hello to ALL our Mondo supporters as we head into the Xmas and New Year celebrations!

It has been an eventful and great first 6 months in post for our CEO, Matthew Band, who has settled in well and has enjoyed getting to know the Teams in Nepal, India and Tanzania and support them in their hard work and efforts. They are continuing to impact the lives of many vulnerable families through Education and Enterprise activities, as you will see from their updates below.

Also a BIG ‘Hello’ to Rachel Parkinson, our new Fundraiser, who replaces Pauline Medovnikov, who is moving on after 10 years of faithful service to the Charity and its beneficiaries having secured hundreds of thousands of pounds for many of our Education & Enterprise Projects. We would like to say ‘Thank you’ and wish her well in the future.

Similarly, another BIG ‘Hello’ to our new Marketeer, Karl Hildebrandt who will be responsible for ALL things marketing including this Newsletter, the Website and Social Media Posts and promoting the ‘Challenge for Change’ Campaigns.

The Event in London at the Great Nepalese Restaurant on the 26th October, to commemorate our late Founder Anthony Lunch and launch the ‘Challenge for Change’ Campaigns to increase our Volunteers and Regular Givers, was a success with over 30 people attending and a mix of good company, good food and a great atmosphere. Thank you to all those who supported us and we hope you enjoyed the occasion.

We have exciting plans for 2024, as we head into our 20th Anniversary Year. These include a main Celebration Dinner and Mount Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal, planned for September. Please keep your diaries open and ready, with more details to follow, as we would love you to join us and be part of the Team.

Enjoy the Country updates below from Jimmy and his Team in Nepal and Erneth & Glory in Tanzania, we will have more news from Santa and the team in India in the new year. From everyone at Mondo, we would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year, and a fruitful and successful 2024!


Keeping it in the family – Reliving my dad’s experience

This is Emily Turner, who recently volunteered at Shree Golmeshowri Basic School in the village of Tar. 30 years ago her father volunteered at Yangrima School. He had an amazing time teaching the children, including 6-year-old Jimmy Lama, the co-founder of HELP. He remained a supporter of the school that benefitted Jimmy’s education. Years later Emily’s father and Jimmy reconnected, providing her with this very special opportunity. Staying with a host family allowed Emily to understand the lives and culture of the village. She says It was so rewarding to see the children improve their English and grow in confidence during her time teaching. The impact of the past volunteers’ work was evident in the children’s curiosity to learn more about the world. Emily wanted to thank everyone for this unique experience and for making her feel so welcome in Nepal. The project will continue to receive support from more volunteers through CU HELP. If you would like to find out more about Volunteering with Mondo, click the link here, VOLUNTEERING INFO

We continue our partnership to support the work of 30 Saathi teachers, who are making a difference in the lives of over 2000 children everyday. 75 more students like will receive scholarships next year to continue their education through your generous support
We will continue to work with our partner organisations to expand the greenhouse-building project that  Chameli Gole, and her community from Paanchpokhari Rural Municipality are beneficiaries.
Chameli was one of the recipients of a greenhouse polytunnel building supported by HELP in 2021. They now do not need to buy vegetables and can sell any surplus they grow. She makes enough income to provide for her children’s school resources. These polytunnels have enabled them to produce all kinds of vegetables throughout the year. She would like to encourage our supporters to keep expanding this programme as it had a huge impact on the lives of many in the community.

Emily with the children at Shree Golmeshowri Basic School 


It’s been a busy time for Erneth and Glory from Mondo TZ as they have distributed two new Business and Agricultural Grants in September and two more in November. These will support more women within the network, so that they can start to produce a regular income. The support and training provided by Erneth, Glory and their team is comprehensive, intensive and prepares the ladies well for business start-up with ongoing support provided once the businesses are up and running.

They continue to monitor the previous recipients of the Business and Agriculture grants as well as give continued Vicoba training to groups. Erneth and Glory monitor the success of previous groups who setup local Community Banks, so that past recipients of Mondo Business & Agriculture Grants can become self-sustaining and facilitate their own loans and allow local businesses to grow! These projects are proving successful and are starting to make an impact on the communities we support.

Furthermore, we have been able to support areas that receive Business and Agricultural grants with Community Coordinators to help with operations, support, and creating successful businesses in those areas.

Additionally, they have been supporting the Longido Blind Unit and having many of the braille machines serviced and fixed for the students. The school has also recently been supplied with studying aids and equipment in preparation for the new school year.



As we approach the 20th Anniversary of the Mondo Foundation we would love you to share with us your memories and experiences of the past 20 years. We would like to use these to tell the story of Mondo from all the people that have been involved in helping this projects success over those 20 years. Click the link below and send Matthew an email sharing your memories and experiences. Thank you.

SHARE your Mondo memories from the past 20 years with us here!

If you’ve got any questions or thoughts on our work, we’d love to hear from you!

Best wishes and stay well.

Matt, Hirsh and all the Mondo Team