How we started
Hope Alliance is a registered and tax deductible charity in Australia established by Phil and Jodi Tweed.
Phil and Jodi have been traveling to Nepal since 2003 and over the years have met some amazing people.
The defining moment came in 2006 when a good friend, Peter Dalglish, introduced Phil and Jodi to a Buddhist school operating in Boudha Kathmandu. They spent that morning teaching about music, singing and engaging with many bright young students.
At one point, tsome of the girls asked Jodi if she could sing a song for them, not knowing a lot songs, Jodi asked if it would be alright to sing a song from church and sang Mighty to Save – Savior he can move the mountains. Many students and staff were very moved by the song, and it was that moment that Phil and Jodi knew their hearts would be forever connected to Nepal.
After this initial meeting, Phil and Jodi grew to know some amazing young people who shared about their village and families in the remote Manaslu region and their heart to see a school and a culture of education established there – and the rest is history, from that point on we have been working side by side with our Nepali family to do ‘on the ground’ work in education, health, hygiene and emergency aid across the Nubri valley and in the City.
Meet the team
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Hope Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors, all who bring diverse skills and expertise.
Phil Tweed – Phil is an Officer in Airforce specializing in Air Traffic Control
Jodi Tweed – Jodi is an experienced senior manager and Event Director
Cameron Graham – Cameron is a specialized Property Solicitor and partner
Leeanne Boswell – Leeanne is a health professional and senior manager
Amanda Homard – Amanda is a social worker and specialized child development professional
Hope Alliance has a great support network and our advisory committee work very closely with the board in developing our programs, prioritising projects and overseeing delivery.
Our advisory committee includes: Kerrie and Greg Williams, Ben Homard, Geoff Boswell, Chris Jones, Gavin and Karen Martens
Rewa Alliance is our registered non government organisation in Nepal and we have an amazing team on the ground who work tirelessly to deliver of projects, oversee programs, develop new initiatives and respond to emergency situations.
DORJE TSERING – PROJECT MANAGER
Dorje grew up in the village of Lhi, and his passion and ideas that have inspired, motivated and opened opportunities for us to make a difference. Dorje works for Hope Alliance on the ground in Nepal and ensures that all our programs run with due diligence and integrity.
TSERING THINLEY – COMMUNITY LIAISON OFFICER AND CURRENT HEAD TEACHER
Tsering also grew up in Lhi and received his grade 12 education in Australia. Tsering is a great communicator and spends a lot of time in the village community ensuring all our projects are done in partnership with the village
PEMA NURBU – REWA CHAIRMAN
Pema is a founding member of Rewa Alliance and leads the association with integrity and attention to detail.
NIRAJ CHITRAKER – FINANCE MANAGER
Niraj is our finance manager and ensures that all the books are up to date and every rupee is accounted for. He is our ‘expert in all things’. Niraj can find anything and assists us with invaluable contacts within Kathmandu.
SRIJANA GHORASAINE – REWA SECRETARY
Srijana is talented little leader and is currently studying social work at college. Srijana is active in our social enterprise expressions and an online marketing superstar, running her own fabgrab online business with thousands of followers.
WANGCHUK RAPTEN LAMA (DOC) – REWA COMMITTEE MEMBER AND MEDICAL MONK
Wangchuk is a valued team and committee member of Rewa Alliance and leads medical camps into remote regions of Nepal. The Rewa team provide resource support and partnered with Doc to coordinate the financial and legal management for the building of a health post in Tsum valley destroyed in the earthquake. The team were honoured to be there when this facility was officially handed over to the Department of Health.
TASHI CHODON (T2)
Tashi worked as our head teacher for over four years, she is now living and working in the USA, but is still very much part of the team and our Hope/Rewa Alliance family.
TASHI CHODDEN (T1)
Tashi was the first one who contacted us many years ago via email after Phil and Jodi visited the SMD school for the first time, and from that email we decided we needed to go back and get to know these kids better. She has remained part of the Hope Alliance team all these years, while continuing her study at college and through private courses. She is now working and studying in the USA, but like T2, will always be part of the Hope/Rewa Alliance family.