The Okhle Village Trust was set up in 2003 by Richard Backwell MBE, a retired teacher and expedition leader from the UK, and is coordinated in Nepal by the local trekking guide Bimal Gurung. The Trust provides funding, equipment and expert assistance to support a variety of projects led by local village communities in a cluster of villages in the Mahabharat hills of Northern Nepal.

We aim to support and enrich the efforts of local communities in improving their own local infrastructure, education opportunities and social welfare in both a sustainable and ethical way. Projects to date have focused on water supplies, access roads, education and social development. See the Projects section of this website for further details on individual projects.