Yapton Free Church has been running the Nepal Project for over 16 years and has raised more than £250,000 for an orphanage, 16 schools, various churches and other projects

Yapton Free Church has been involved in Nepal since 2000, when our Pastor, Hugo, first met with Pastor Bharat. Over the years, the Nepal Project has evolved and expanded as we have been able to make a difference in Nepal. 

Our current projects include working with Schools, providing them with the equipment and resources such as whiteboards, school uniforms, new class rooms and more. We have been involved in 16 different schools across Nepal. You can read more about our schools work on our Schools page. 

Another of our focuses has been 'Earthquake Relief'. After the earthquake in 2015 (read more below), Nepal suffered great amounts of damage. We have been able to help make an impact,  short term by providing food straight after the disaster and long-term by helping to rebuild houses and provide a 24 hr drinking water supply to those in a very remote area of Nepal that was devastated by the earthquake. 

We are also involved with several Churches in Nepal providing support, encouragement and teaching for the Pastors and Leaders. 


April 2015 Earthquake

The April 2015 Nepal earthquake killed more than 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000. It occurred at 11:56 NST on 25 April, with a magnitude of 7.8. Its epicenter was east of the district of Lamjung. It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake.The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 19, making April 25, 2015 the deadliest day on the mountain in history.The earthquake triggered another huge avalanche in the Langtang valley, where 250 people were reported missing. Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened,across many districts of the country. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including some at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Square, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Changu Narayan Temple and the Swayambhunath Stupa. Geophysicists and other experts had warned for decades that Nepal was vulnerable to a deadly earthquake, particularly because of its geology, urbanization, and architecture. We have been actively involved with providing support into Nepal via Pastor Bharat and his work:


Pile of sacks of food and Tara

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(Kathmandu, Nepal)







The History of the Nepal Project

Yapton Free Church first became involved with Nepal in 2000 when Hugo Van Driel, the Pastor of our Church, met Pastor Bharat Raut, who was visiting the UK. In 2003 Hugo made his first visit to Nepal, where he met up with Pastor Bharat, his wife Tara, Rebika their oldest daughter and Jashmina their youngest daughter along with 11 children they were caring for in Kathmandu. 

Having been an orphan from a very young age, Pastor Bharat wanted to give other children a better start in life. He and his wife made the radical step of following Jesus, and chose to live by His example through reaching out tho Children, showing them the love of Christ. When Hugo first visited them, they were living in rented accommodation and relied on donations to help feed, clothe and care for the children.

On Hugo’s return to the UK he explained to the church what pastor Bharat and Tara were doing, and Hugo’s late wife Rosie, with the support of the Church, set up a sponsorship scheme to provide for the care of the children.

Since then, the sponsorship scheme grew to up to 35 children and we were able to pay off the mortgage on the house. But since the devastating earthquake in April 2015, many things have changed in Nepal. These changes have also occurred at ‘Saviour Children’s Home’ as many of the children, who were then around the ages of 15-19, have moved back to their villages to live with and help their relatives. Thanks to the sponsorship programme, the children were able to return to their communities with solid foundations and an education.

Please see our other information pages for our current projects and the latest updates from Nepal!

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Pastor Bharat and his wife Tara


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Supporting School Children

Supporting schools has been a big aspect of the Nepal Project since the early days. We have now supported 16 schools. It is so encouraging to see how the work is growing and indiviual children's lives are being changed every day. Access to education gives these children choices and hope for their future which they may otherwise not have had.

Here are just some of the ways in which the Nepal Project has supported schools:

  • bought computers 
  • bought whiteboards 
  • bought uniforms for the children
  • re-painted the outside of schools
  • land for a playground/outside space
  • built 3 new classrooms on a remote school in the mountains


In April 2018, we were able to support a new Christian School that has just started in the rural Chitwan area for some of the poorest children in the region. There are currently 6 teachers and between 55 - 65 children coming along to school each day. This is a new project  and we look forward to sharing more soon!


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 Children from the Mountain School

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There are many different people who are involved in regularly supporting the Nepal Project, including:

  • The sponsors who support  on a monthly basis 
  • Local UK schools who raise money to support Nepalese schools 
  • People in the community who support us through fundraising events 
  • In previous years the cafe run at Gaston farm has raised thousands of pounds for Nepal and other charities

Over the years we have held many fundraisers from sponsored walks, to bike rides and a Kyatholon that consisted of Kayaking, bike riding and walking. In previous years we have also been very grateful to Gaston Farm who have helped us raise thousands of pounds for Nepal and other charities. In 2018 we will be continuing to find new ways of fundraising. 

We are always looking for more sponsors and gratefully receive any donation towards schools, churches or relief projects that we support in Nepal. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you wish to give or get involved with the Nepal Project.  

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(pictures below of some of our volunteers at Gaston Farm)

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Nepal 2019 

From Tuesday 19th February - Wednesday 6th March a team from Yapton Free Church is going out to Nepal. The team will be leading a Partners in Harvest Pastors and Leaders conference, visiting churches and schools throughout Nepal. Your prayer and support is appreciated. The team will be posting updates through the churches social media accounts throughout their trip. 

There itinerary is as follows: 

20 Feb, 2019 Arrival at Kathmandu 

21 Feb 2019    Rest and Pray.

22 Feb 2019   Travel to Chitwan.

23 Feb 2019   CHURCH SERVICE . 

24 Feb 2019  Nawalparashi.

25 Feb 2019 Rest, Pray and Visit Bethany School.

26 Feb 2019  PIH SUMMIT.

27 Feb 2019 PIH SUMMIT.

28 Feb 2019 PIH SUMMIT.

01 March 2019 Pokhara.

02 March 2019 Church Service in Dhamauli. 

03 March 2019   YOUTH CONFERENCE in Pokhara.

04 March 2019   Back to Kathmandu.

06 March 2019  Back to UK


February 2018

We regularly send (self-funded) teams out to Nepal to see all that is happening with the Nepal Project. 

In February, we had a team* from YFC head out to Nepal to partner with our Nepal Project. Check out below for an update on what they got up to!

This year, a team of seven headed out to Nepal. They arrived in Kathmandu but also travelled to Pokhara and Chitwang during their trip. For some of the team, this was their first time in Nepal and so it was great for them to spend a few days in Kathmandu, getting a feel for the beautiful country and getting to know the Nepalese people. The roads in Nepal are rough, and so it was a about a 7/8hr journey down to Pokhara where the team visited a Leporasy hospital, churches, Pastors and Leaders and schools. One of our main aims of these visits is to support and encourage those who are already running things and look at how we can support the incredible work that they are doing! 

After spending several days in Pokhara, the team headed on to Chitwang where they lead a three day conference for Pastors and Leaders. Around 300 people turned up for the event; where they would be fed both physically and spiritually. Due to several logistical issues (as can be expected in a country like Nepal), there weren’t as many people as initially expected. People travel many hours (and even days!!) just to come to something  like this, their dedication and hunger is amazing. But this has also highlighted some things that we can adapt for the future, such as doing two conferences to make it more assessable for those who travel such long distances. 

 The team then travelled back to Kathmandu on another long minibus journey ( It’s about 200km but it takes about 10 hours!!) They also stopped and visited a few other places, pastors, leaders and churches along the way. 

 On these short term mission trips, our aim is to encourage and support the Nepalese. We are passionate about seeing the transformation of a nation through seeing those who are in that culture raised up, equipped and encouraged. It’s also hugely encouraging for us to re-visit projects that we have sown into and see the growth.

It's amazing to see how the money we are able to send through the Nepal Project can impact so many people, from all walks of life, across Nepal. 

*all our teams are completely self-funded!

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