Wondering how you can make a charitable gift to Nepal and be confident that it will get to the right place?

UK-registered charity Pipal Tree provides you with advice and guidance to ensure that your donation, however modest, gets to the point of greatest need in our Nepal projects. Together, we can transform people’s lives and also restore the natural environment.

We may even be able to double the value of your gift through finding you a match funder.

The challenges we'll help you overcome

If you’d like to support grassroots projects in Nepal but you don’t know where to start or who to trust, Pipal Tree can act as your guide and make sure your money is used for the intended purpose in our agreed projects.

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Meet your Nepal guide, Philip

“In November 1999, aged 39, I resigned from my career as a British Army officer and visited Nepal for the very first time. I was determined to invest £35,000 of my pension pot in helping children. This was to be in memory of my first wife, Esther Benjamins, who had tragically taken her own life the previous January. I was convinced that I could make a difference with a sum like that (although you can make a difference with a thousandth of that!). But, through the wrong advice, those precious funds did not have the impact that they could have done. If only I’d had a proper guide!

I didn’t give up. In spite of the setbacks, I went on to live in Nepal for eight years with my second wife, Bev. During that time, I personally led an anti-child trafficking programme that involved our launching dangerous child rescue operations into India. The outcome was the permanent closure of two cross-border child trafficking routes. This is an unprecedented achievement that, unlike money, can never be taken from me.

I can help you to achieve lasting results and a sense of fulfilment too.”

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Philip Holmes, Founder of Pipal Tree

Our testimonials

Gemma Testimonial

Gemma McGough is the Chairman of The Gemma and Chris McGough Charitable Foundation, Pipal Tree’s major donor.

“Intense dedication”

“A realist when it comes to Nepal”

“Trusted to deliver”

“Highest integrity”

"Inspiring to see such passion"

Success

Your 3 steps to success

  • Step 1 - Get in touch with Philip by email. He’s happy to schedule a call, if you so wish.
  • Step 2 - Share your interests with Philip and select our Nepal programme that most appeals to you. Philip can explain the project options and answer any questions that you might have. No gift is too modest to discuss and he’s open to hearing new ideas. And we can explore how you’d like to hear from us for project updates.
  • Step 3 - Make your donation, ideally through our Big Give appeal. We’ll keep you closely informed on progress until we achieve the goal.

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Your choice of projects

The environment and climate change

Nepal is home to some of Earth’s most remarkable ecosystems and biodiversity and its under extreme threat. It’s vital to restore, protect and take up the fight against environmental degradation and climate change before it’s all too late.

Education and community support

We are supporting the most marginalised and stigmatised people, including untouchables and religious or ethnic minority groups, who have been discriminated against and frequently exploited in their daily lives. You can help those who have been betrayed by society and fallen victim to terrible injustices.

Vulnerable and abused children

You can help us tackle the specific issues of child abuse and rape which are endemic within the region. Girls are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault as well as burns violence, child marriage and dowry violence. Child rape is on the increase with the incidence of reported rape soaring four-fold in the ten years up to 2018.

Empowering girls and women

Women who lack skills and education will always be more vulnerable in Nepal. But many are trapped by poverty, stigma and lack of citizenship that means they cannot access services. Also, skills and education are important ingredients in the rehabilitation of the victims of violence.

"Nepal’s Guernica": Fighting the horror of climate change in Nepal.

To inspire a vital global conversation in advance of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, we will be installing a mosaic mural in a park in Janakpur as part of a reforestation project.

The artwork will highlight the horror of climate change induced floods that have brought death and disaster to Nepal’s southern plains. We will be drawing upon the artistic talents of local women, supported from afar by Picasso’s former muse “Sylvette” who is herself an accomplished artist.

See this blog post.

Recent successes

Restoring a community forest

In July 2020 we launched a 2.5-year project to restore a 32-hectare community forest at Bhatighadi, Dhanusha District southeast Nepal.

Supporting home study

We support “untouchable” children in Dhanusha District with home studies and especially with completing a degree of homework that would otherwise be daunting for children from very poor families.

How matched funding donations have saved lives

In 2020 thousands of marginalised people in south Nepal faced starvation following the sudden lockdown because of COVID. We used the Big Give matching arrangement to full effect and saved many lives.

Empowering a trafficking survivor

This is Chukkit, a young woman who hails from Humla in northwest Nepal. She is giving a presentation as part of her Bachelor of Social Work degree course. She is a trafficking survivor, whose education is being funded by us.

Gifts to Nepal

Please donate now towards our work in Nepal and we'll ensure it gets to the right place. Donations can be make in any major currency and your card provider will make the necessary conversion. You might like to support us by setting up a regular donation - monthly, quarterly or annually. Or you could set up your own private appeal or challenge through the donate page. Any questions, please ask Philip!

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Gifts

Events and challenges

Our Summer Appeal

Throughout June your gift to Pipal Tree can automatically double in value.

Offa we go!

Join Philip on his summer trek along Offa's Dyke.

Virtual London Marathon

Wherever you are on the planet, you can join 50,000 other intrepid runners and take part in this year’s Virtual London Marathon.

Community Zoom Meeting

Philip will host a Pipal Tree community Zoom meeting on the final Thursday of each month at 6.30 p.m. GMT.

Why Pipal Tree?

You will find a Pipal Tree (also known as the Bodhi tree) at the heart of many Nepalese towns and villages. Sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, it acts as a focus for the community to meet for worship or just to chat.

The tree is a perfect symbol of our work in Nepal that embraces community and environmental interests, as we engage with local people to hear their needs and hopes for the future. The gorgeous Pipal leaves have provided inspiration for jewellery and for fabric design. The young women whom we support in south Nepal also love to use the leaves as canvasses for their delightful artwork. They depict their lives and aspirations in the traditional "Maithili" style that we find so enchanting. Especially when you know that these striking, radiant images are also painted on the walls of the mud huts in their villages.

The Pipal tree is also a metaphor for the community of supporters that we connect with by letter, email and through social media (according to supporter preference).

Join a Pipal Tree meeting

On the last Thursday of each month, Philip hosts a fifteen-minute early-evening (UK time) update by Zoom. We invite you to join us! The meeting will be informal and you are welcome to comment or ask questions. if you just want to listen in, that’s fine too.

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And finally (so to speak)

We much prefer you to see your legacy of good unfolding while you’re still alive. But please do think about how you might continue to support your charity community well into the future through a gift in your Will.

And then this: It’s important to understand that Pipal Tree receives no government funding in either the UK or Nepal. We are entirely reliant upon grants from corporates and Foundations along with gifts that arise from our community of individual supporters and through their fundraising activities. It would be great if you could recognise our transformative work when you are writing or updating your Will. Even gifting 1% for Pipal Tree after you have made provision for your main priorities could be made to go a very long way in Nepal.

For further information on how we spent donations last year please check this summary of our accounts. And to find out more, just contact Philip.

Gemma Testimonial