The project has four primary actual / potential sources of funding

Rotary International /
The Rotary Foundation

Our teacher training activities were initiated in 2011 with the help of a Rotary Foundation District Grant.  Activities thereafter were funded from other sources until March 2017 when a new 3-year project commenced, funded by a Rotary Foundation Global Grant project.

Foundation Global Grants are awarded to closely defined projects not exceeding 3 years.  Such projects are excellent for expanding the range of our training to new areas.

As they are not available for the development of LEARN, nor for the provision of on-going annual refresher training, we're also dependent upon funding from other sources.

Donors / Philanthropists

Our achievements to date have been predominantly due to generous supporters, including many on our Newsletter email list.  If you would like to join this list, please email

Our greatest support has come from the estate of Andrew Jack (see next column).  His legacy has allowed us to fulfill his wishes of advancing education in under-developed countries.

Please see 'Donate' under 'Contact us' to make your own contribution.

Income from Capital Fund

In 2016 we received a grant of $800,000 from the estate of former Rotarian Andrew Jack of the Rotary Club of Portland, Western Victoria (District 9780).  This followed two previous grants which helped to sustain our operations in 2013 and 2014.

The funds have been invested and now provide a secure income stream.

This has been important in allowing us to assure LEARN of our ability to provide the funding needed to engage staff on indefinite employment contracts.

Accreditation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Just 50 aid agencies in Australia are accredited with DFAT.  Full accreditation yields $500,000 per annum over five years to be directed to international aid, while Base accreditation yields $150,000 pa for 5 years.

Accreditation is a long and arduous process, but we have set the goal of achieving Base accreditation, following the example of the Australian Himalayan Foundation which achieved it in 2012 for its similar work in the Solu Khumbu District of Eastern Nepal.

The Rotary Foundation Global Grant 1525855

At the Rotary International Convention in Sydney in 2014 we began seeking sponsors for a project to train 75 teachers of Tatopani Village and associated schools over three years, delivering 50 days training per teacher.

Support was secured from eight Australian Rotary Clubs which together committed US$30,000.  This was matched by their three Rotary Districts contributing a total of US$14,000.  Six clubs in Nepal each contributed $100.  With $30,000 World Fund contributions from The Rotary Foundation, the outcome was a US$74,000 project.

Training began in April 2017 with just 70 teachers, but by September the attendance at  a refresher course had increased to 85.  LEARN is committed to the ongoing delivery of this training while also extending training to other teacher groups.

The Rotary Club of Portland, District 9780, is the Primary International Sponsor (Project manager Kym Stock), while the Rotary Club of Baglung, District 3292, is the Primary Host Sponsor (Project Manager KB Shahi).

Sponsorships for new Global Grants

Sponsors are now being sought for a second and subsequent Global Grant projects.  Clubs can contribute any amount they choose.  This can be paid up front (thus avoiding leaving a commitment on future club Boards), or spread over the three years.  It is expected that Club contributions will be matched by District DDF funding, maybe 50c/$.

A number of clubs in Nepal have indicated willingness to take on the role of Primary Host Sponsor, while an Australian club has indicated its willingness to become Primary International Sponsor of the next project.

Primary Sponsors are committed to establishing committees to administer the project.  These are important but not unduly arduous roles.  They entail collecting and conveying promised funds and payment of LEARN; also reporting to The Rotary Foundation.  The latter task is simplified by the detailed reports of each training program delivered by LEARN.

Members of participating clubs have the opportunity to visit and participate in the training programs (see 'Contact us' / 'Volunteer'), but this is not essential.  It may, however, lead to Clubs developing their own relationships with communities in Nepal which could lead to other projects.

Please email if your Club could be interested.