Action Autonomie Népal is a Nepalese association formed in 2010, following new Nepalese legislation which meant that the AAA, a foreign organisation, could not have an account in Nepal from which to distribute funds. We therefore had to review our legal and financing arrangements.
In May 2015, the AAN office was changed. Man Bahadur, the outgoing president (in black T-shirt in the photo), wanted to give up the responsibility because of his work as a mountain guide. Hazari Gautam, a former student on our first programme, (in red T-shirt in the photo), agreed to take over as the new AAN president:
For us in AAA, the most important member of the AAN team is the coordinator, Kundan Chaudhari. He is responsible for two main tasks: to pay the academic fees to colleges for students registering there, and to make monthly payments to the students. He must also oversee any health issues. In the photo below, he is in the middle, accompanied by two students, Ganga et Jamuna:
During our visits to Nepal, a big part of our work involves meeting with the coordinator in order to organise student support, to prepare their budget forecasts, to take decisions about certain expenditure in particular cases, and to prepare the audit together with a Nepalese lawyer.