The Chātā Newsletter - June, 2019 Edition Three

The Chātā Newsletter - June, 2019


Edition Three

Namaste and  greetings from the team at TUFA

Namaste to all our friends and supporters. 
It's difficult to believe we are already in June and as our last newsletter was six months ago there are lots of happenings, adventures and changes to report.

Linda our chairperson has recently returned from a busy few months in Nepal.  This visit included meetings with our partners as well as welcoming our Everest Base Camp trekkers who all successfully completed the trek and in the process raised some vital funds for our school rebuild in Sindhupalchowk….see the story of their adventure. 

We are also in the process of the DFAT Friendship grant application after successfully being called up for the second submission.  This grant is to support health & hygiene education programs for women working in kiln factories in Nepal.  If we are successful we plan to reach at least four thousand women in the next twelve this space. 

Enjoy our newsletter and please contact us if you have suggestions, ideas or want to somehow be involved with our small charity.....your input is very much welcome. 

It is almost that time of year EOFY and we would so appreciate your support. 
All donations made to The Umbrella Foundation Australia
are Tax Deductable!
Please consider us as your charity of choice....we are unique as 100% of your donation goes to our programs with all our board & members volunteers.

Children of the Kiln Education Program


Your opportunity to sponsor a child currently working in bonded labour in the brick kiln factories in Nepal
With our partners at The Global Fairness Initiative, you can give the gift of education. 

$240 per year or $20 per month is all that it takes and your donation is tax deductible.

Donate Now

Our New Look in Nepal

We have finally released our new Nepal logo!  Due to the closure of our sponsorship program with Umbrella Nepal/Ireland TUFA have moved forward in our programs.  We have also changed our look for these programs in Nepal. 


We thought it appropriate that our  EBC team release the new look from under the highest mountain in the world.  Whilst it was a bit windy they did not disappoint.  We thank Jennifer from Nashi Fruit Designs for giving us a fresh and colourful new look.  We are so thankful to her for generously donating her time and talent in designing the logo for us.....what do you think?

Our Australian Logo will stay the same....just with the added extra for colour! 

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Everest Base Camp Trek 2019

Our EBC team arrived on the 24th April with Gavin Vickers (TUFA patron & Everest Summiteer) as team leader.  Our group comprised of Lubica, Kristyn, William (aged 12) and his dad David from Australia with Jane & Chris from  the UK.
Gavin was able to organise a visit to one of the Everest climbers tea tent and our group had the opportunity to learn about what it takes to climb Everest, which sadly has claimed many lives this year. 

William and his dad set up a GiveNow fundraising page and we are so excited that William managed to raise almost $2000 for our school rebuild. You can still donate to William's page go to: Thank you to everyone who supported William who also visited Shree Bhimsen Secondary School in Sindhupalchowk and spoke to the students about his life in Australia.  

William also delivered some letters which were written by his class mates at Hunter Valley Grammar School.  He also left Nepal with letters written by the students at Shree Bhimsen Secondary School and we hope to encourage future correspondence between the students of both schools.

Everyone agreed that it was a lifechanging adventure which not only included the trek but a day out in Sindhupalchowk, a visit to Sun Koshi Beach Camp & Cultural tour.  Next year adventure is in the planning and will be trekking in the Annapurna region as well as rafting in the Sun Koshi this space!

Farmer Yeti's Kathmandu

Our friend and very talented ex-Umbrella youth, Sushil Babu Chetri has opened a juice and coffee bar in Thamel, Kathmandu.  The business is supporting ex Umbrella youth with training as well as the opportunity to learn business management.  If you happen to be visiting the Thamel district and near the seven corners look out for Farmer Yeti's, you can also follow them on social media....we can seriously guarantee awesome coffee and the fresh juices. 

We also had the pleasure of delivering camera's which many of our supporters donated.  Sushil is planning a program for youth with disabilities and street children to learn photography.  We thank everyone who contributed.

We also had the pleasure of delivering camera's which many of our supporters donated.  Sushil is planning a program for youth with disabilities and street children to learn photography.  We thank everyone who contributed.

Women of the Kiln's Health & Hygiene Program


In May TUFA's Days For Girls trainer Pramila travelled with Linda to Bhairawaha, Lumbini Nepal.

Local partner EDSO organized with brick kiln owners for the program to be undertaken at three kiln factories.
The target was to reach 238 women, educate them on general hygiene and health, discuss issues associated with menstruation and distribute kits made by DFG Chhauni Enterprise.


The main objectives of this training was:

  • Educating women about menstruation, health and hygiene

  • Raising awareness about menstrual hygiene and sanitation.

  • Distributing DFG kit to all participants

  • Data collection and other site contact information.

    Many of the women cannot read or write and a poster with pictures associated with the program were left at each site for future reference.

    TUFA are currently working on a grant application with the Australian Government in the hope of delivering up to 4000 washable menstruation kits and health training next year.

Special thanks to Sushil Babu Chetri for his photography 
If you would like to support this program please contact us on:

ANZAC Day Celebrations in Kathmandu

Our EBC team as well as our friends and supporters Linda & Ray from YETI (Youth Education and Training Initiatives) New Zealand had the pleasure of attending the ANZAC ceremony and breakfast at the Australian Embassy Kathmandu.  
Attended by approximately 200 guests and dignitaries, wreaths were laid by the Australian Ambassador Peter Budd, the New Zealand Honorary Consul and representatives of the UK Army on behalf of the Nepali Gurkha.  
As quoted by YETI, it was an opportunity to continue the spirit of the ANZAC's as YETI have been working hard in their fundraising efforts to support the library at Shree Bhimsen Secondary School.

YETI New Zealand visit Shree Bhimsen Secondary School

Since late 2018 YETI (Youth Education and Training Incentives) New Zealand have been fundraising towards support of library resources for the Shree Bhimsen Secondary School rebuild.

The final stage of the rebuild will be a dedicated library room and computer room as a community resource.  

YETI pledged NZ$2500 to the project and when Linda & Ray (Trustee's of YETI) arrived in Nepal in April they were given a rather large shopping list from the staff of the school.  Linda from TUFA (it is confusing as there are 2 Linda's) accompanied Ray & Linda (the other Linda) on a shopping trip to EKTA bookstore in Kathmandu.  YETI purchased over 200 books for all levels of readers, in both Nepali & English which were taken to the school.  

TUFA would like to thank Linda & Ray and all the YETI supporters who have contributed to the school.  
We are still in need of support and if you would like to be part of our school community go to:

It's on AGAIN!  limited numbers available 

Nepal Discovery Tour 2019

Dive into Nepal’s eclectic culture and astounding natural beauty on this 12 day discovery of Nepal.
In the Kathmandu Valley, admire masterpieces of Newar architecture, explore an elegant hillside temple overrun with monkeys and stand under the towering Boudhanath Stupa, listening to the chants of Buddhist pilgrims. Lunch beside the Sunkoshi River and visit The Umbrella Foundation Australia’s school project on a day trip to Sinhupalchowk. Embark on an elephant-back safari in the world heritage Chitwan National park ending your overland adventure in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara before flying back to Kathmandu.

Our Discovery itinerary explores a destination in depth, with carefully selected experiences, and ample free time for relaxation.
Why not join us in October 2019 for our next adventure.
  Contact us at: and we can send you the itinerary.

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Main Events for 2019

Due to popular demand BOLLYWOOD IS BACK!  Last years event was such a success we have to do a repeat performance....only better!

Dance to the music of Plan C and shimmy to our Bollywood DJ.  A banquet by Ravi from Zaffran's Indian in Newcastle will have you going back to the table for more.

Dance performances, great prizes and an evening of colour and culture will be had by all.

All funds raised at the event will support the work of The Umbrella Foundation Australia 

For more information about the event or if you would like to sponsor or donate to the event contact: or phone: 0402816061


Gala Event - Think Bollywood 2019 

When: Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM
Where: Marcellin Park Rugby Club, Glenarvon Road, Lorn NSW 2320 Tickets Available at:

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