A village transformed

The story of the remote village of Gudel is also the story of dZi in Nepal. dZi was inspired by a love for the Himalayas and the people that live and work in their shadows. Although we had been working in Nepal since 1998, dZi’s focus turned to the lives of mountain porters working in the Everest region in 2007.

As we followed the porters to their home villages deep in the remote hills, we found communities like Gudel tucked into steep valleys absent of foreigners and aid agencies. These villages were just recovering from Nepal’s brutal civil war, and the local need was massive.

Gudel’s path
to Prosperity
2008 - 2017

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In 2017 we are expanding our reach to two new communities like Gudel. Help us bring long-term support to another 7,000 people in Nepal’s remote communities.

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  • 251 tarps distributed for emergency shelter
    153 affected families given income generation opportunities
    5 temporary school buildings built (414 students)
    2 damaged schools reconstructed

Make an impact

Since the devastating earthquakes in April, 2015 dZi has been the only source of support for our partner communities. Simply put, we work in areas that are too far for other organizations to reach. Despite much time having passed, the need for reconstruction support remains.

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    After eight years, Community Development Groups and the local community are still maintaining all dZi-supported projects, and even implementing smaller projects on their own. Over 350 local farmers are growing and marketing organic crops with the help of 11 different Farmers’ Groups, and a large savings cooperative is currently being formed.

  • $387,576

    worth of local labor and materials contributed by community members in Gudel since 2007



  • 15

  • toilets for a population of 4,000 people
  • 100%

  • of homes in Gudel have sanitary toilets
  • 60+

  • minutes that families walked to get clean water
  • 100%

  • families have access to clean drinking water within 15 mins
  • 2

  • deaths from diarrheal disease in 2007
  • 0

  • deaths from diarrheal disease since 2008
  • $0

  • income generation was extremely limited
  • $ 300k

  • USD worth of cardamom exported annualy
  • 16

  • students graduated from class ten
  • 51

  • students (100%) graduated from class ten


Today, Gudel is even more beautiful than it was when dZi first arrived. The peaks that first drew us to Nepal remain pristine and stoic, towering over the sacred Hongu river valley. But what’s even more breathtaking is the thriving local culture. The population is healthier, better educated, more prosperous and more capable than ever before.

Gudel’s success has inspired numerous communities throughout the region, and many have approached us for partnership. We are currently implementing our Deep Development model in eight communities like Gudel, but would like to reach many more. For this, we need your support.


Our unique approach helps inspire and empower individuals in nine communities just like Gudel. Your donation will be matched in local materials and labor by community members - because they, too, believe in what we do.

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