Our In-Country Partners

Adara in-country partners are instrumental to our success on the ground. They are our gateway into the communities and people we support. We have been so lucky to partner with truly amazing individuals and organisations. Together we have been able to make a tremendous impact in the communities we work with. Adara partners with seven in-country organisations that directly support our work on the ground.


  • The Himalayan Innovative Society (THIS) is a non-government, non-profit organisation working in Humla and other districts of the mid-west region of Nepal. It was established in 2003 to promote positive change in the areas of education, health, culture and heritage preservation, tourism and human rights. The society aims to bring about social reform in Humla through a ‘bottom-up' process, with full participation of local people in making informed choices about the development of their region. The two incredible founders of THIS, Ms Babita Lama and Mr Dhan Bahadur Lama, were among the first in their communities to receive quality education outside Humla. They established THIS to change people's lives for the better, following their own needs and priorities. Their work is especially focussed on the most deprived populations, including women, children and ethnic groups.
  • The Himalayan Children Society (HCS) was founded in 1997 by Kunga Tsering Lama, a community leader in Yalbang, Humla. This was in response to the lack of education opportunities in Humla for children. The HCS's main objective is to improve the education, health and living conditions of helpless, poor and orphaned children from Humla, particularly those near the Tibetan border. Due to the remoteness of these areas, basic education is almost nonexistent in the region. HCS is working with the Yalbang community in Upper Humla to develop the educational resources in the district, including providing residential facilities for children, tutors and teachers; initiating teacher training; encouraging families to enrol their children (particularly girls) in school; and resourcing schools. It also supports children who have left the mountains, through the Humli Tibetan Children's home in Kathmandu.
  • The Himalayan Medical Foundation (HMF) was founded by Dr Greg Rabold from Colorado. During a visit in 1993, he was inspired to help monks in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries after seeing their terrible suffering. For more than 18 years, HMF's network of clinics has offered free medical care to the monastic and lay communities in the Kathmandu Valley. With the average income as low as us$6 a week, many Nepalis and Tibetans have few options for any type of meaningful medical care. The treatment these patients receive at the HMF-sponsored free clinics can often be the dividing line between life and death.
  • Hands In Outreach (HIO) is an organisation formed to help young people to become self-reliant citizens. HIO hopes to break the cycle of poverty by helping children from severely disadvantaged, underprivileged families in Kathmandu to attend school. It also supports and encourages children's families to ensure that the children continue to attend school regularly. HIO aims to address the illiteracy and lack of formal education in Nepal, and especially help to redress the huge gender disparity in education. It supports more than 100 children, 96 percent of them girls, to access education near their homes. HIO also helps girls enrol in college courses and other practical training courses. Along with education, HIO ensures that all students they support have access to health facilities and regular dental check-ups.
  • The Women's Foundation (WF) was established in 1988. It is a truly grassroots organisation, founded by a group of female Nepali lawyers and social workers who advocate for poor women of their country. The cultural and legal impediments that women face in the country are huge, and the WF has been working tirelessly to reduce these over the past two decades. The WF established various programmes to support and strengthen families and communities. They currently run a shelter for homeless and abused women and their children. They are involved in a number of legal cases brought against traffickers and abusers. They run an organic farm to create income and provide skills training for women. They also offer a variety of vocational workshops for women to provide skills and independence if they have been abandoned by their families.


  • Kiwoko Hospital was founded in 1987 by an Irish doctor and missionary, Ian Clarke. What began as one man's passion to develop the communities in the district and provide health from under a tree has now become a 25-acre facility, employing 350 staff with 270 patient beds and six doctors to service a catchment of about 500,000 Ugandans. The hospital provides a range of generalist ward facilities in addition to maternal health care, specialised new-born care and specialist care for people with diabetes, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. They have also established a pharmacy and laboratory, and provide nationally accredited training courses in nursing and laboratory. In addition to these facilities, Kiwoko runs a sizable community-based healthcare department, with staff and volunteers who deliver services directly to the community. Immunisation, school training, distribution of bed-nets and pit latrine slabs are part of their programmes. Learn more about how Adara and Kiwoko Hospital work together.