Skip to main content


Establishing trust to ease tensions between Madhesi and Pahadi communities. 


The disconnection that exists between Madhesi and Pahadi communities occasionally sparks violent conflict. The trustbuilding project in Nepal focuses on reinstating harmony and understanding between the different multicultural and multilingual communities. 

Why is trust needed? 

When the unification of Nepal officially began in 1743, people residing in Madhesh, the low-lying southern land of Nepal bordering India, fought against the Pahadi communities (Gurkhas) for the British. It is believed that the British handed over the Madheshis and their territories to the Gurkhas in 1816.   

Several movements in Nepal demand Madhesh representation and recognition within the country. These movements accelerated in 2006 when Madhesi people were attacked violently during a peaceful protest demanding the government to address their concerns. The violent attacks by the police raised concerns by human rights organizations in Nepal and have led to a visceral mistrust between people of the different communities.

How is trust built?

Two young Nepalese males and three females gather in a small, brightly colored room to talk about trust
Inspiring youth to become advocates

Youth play a vital role in the trustbuilding project in Nepal. Through workshops, young people receive tools and support to share their stories and listen to others. After training, mixed Madhes-Pahadi groups work together to facilitate trustbuilding activities in their communities, cementing their relationships and demonstrating a trust model between the two groups working around the regions.

A Nepalese facilitator in a red shirt looks out over a classroom full of Nepalese youth
Creating safe spaces for honest dialogue

Through workshops in schools, colleges and youth networks, a culture of honest dialogue and interaction between Madhesi and Pahadi communities is established. 

Upcoming Events
Nepal Dialogue 2022
16 to 19 September 2022
Dhulikhel, Nepal

We invite everyone from South Asia and beyond to join us in this process of nurturing oneself. 

Learn more about Trustbuilding in Nepal

Begita Adhikari  
Fundraising support  

Jini Agrawal  

Sanjay Chaudhary  
Regional Coordinator   

Sharmila Dhungana  
Monitoring and Evaluation Support 

Krishna Kaji KC  
Project Development  

Kamal Kandel  
Project Manager     

Nabin Pokhrel  
Communications Officer  

Puja Sah 
Provincial Coordinator  

Meena Sharma  

Asmita Shrestha 
Admin and Finance Officer