The Oda Project

Essential healthcare and education - giving Nepali communities in extreme poverty a fighting chance


The Oda Foundation fosters community empowerment through health and education initiatives in Nepal’s most remote villages. The Foundation focuses on sustainable, locally driven programs that aim to improve health and education while more broadly reducing regional poverty. The Foundation was incorporated in August 2013 and began operations on December 12, 2013.

Through January 1, 2018 the Foundation has seen over 40,000 patients, distributed over 4,000 reusable Maxi-Kits, established tutoring programs for over 200 children, developed meaningful relationships with government officials, constructed a stand-alone hospital, established a fully functional lab, created a scholarship program for Oda’s most deserving and underprivileged students, and most importantly, has become a welcomed and trusted member of the community that it serves.

The Oda Foundation is committed to local investment, community involvement and on-the-ground support and feedback. In March 2016 the District Development Committee recognized the Oda Foundation as Kalikot’s most effective health and education organization. 


The village of Oda is located in Nepal’s Karnali Zone, an area that is enduring a “Silent Emergency,” according to UNICEF. The mountainous region is accessible by only one road, and is considered to be one of the most deprived places in the developing world. Residents of the Karnali Zone struggle with malnutrition and extreme poverty, and they have difficulty accessing professional health care and education.

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  • Delivered health services to more than 40,000 Nepalese since 2014, significantly reducing avoidable deaths and cutting patient recovery times.

  • Completed construction of standalone health and community center on land contributed by more than 15 local families. The clinic is accessible to more than 50,000 individuals.

  • Improved women's health and education outcomes by distributing thousands of birth kits and reusable maxi pads.

  • Raised local school attendance rates by both educators and students and established tutoring programs used by more than 150 children.

  • Registered Nepali-based sister organization Himalayan Sewa Semaj Kendra to provide services and engage local stakeholders.

  • Coordinated development programs with the district government health offices and agreed to further collaboration.

  •  Facilitated women's groups targeted at young mothers who lack access to  sexual and reproductive health education.



Oda director John Christopher fell in love with the Nepalese people while volunteering for a non-profit organization there in 2011. When he visited a family in the country’s remote Karnali region, he saw an intense need for aid and an incredible opportunity to improve lives. Since that time, John has devoted his life to providing Nepalese people the basic health and education he took for granted while growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Oda Foundation opened a health clinic in December 2013 and established a standalone facility in February 2015. Last year, the Foundation began working with the local school system to improve education outcomes.

Read more about John’s background and follow his updates about Oda.


Our objective is to improve lives in one of the poorest regions of Nepal. The Foundation seeks to establish reliable, well equipped, and professionally managed health facilities; we aim to improve education levels and decrease reliance on superstitions; and, we work to respond to local needs and empower communities to flourish.

We use a co-investment approach to achieve these objectives. This means we engage with local stakeholders, government offices, charitable efforts and international nonprofits to build consensus and drive positive changes. In all of our work, we emphasize effective, efficient and equitable services.

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  • Increase the number of patients served to 15,000 between Oda, partner health posts, and mobile health operations. Distribute 3,000 reusable maxi-pads in conjunction with our mobile health operations.

  • Expand the organization to include more robust health education and prevention programs.

  • Identify an implementing partner to support Wash, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) initiatives in Oda and the surrounding communities. 

  • Continue working directly with the Government of Nepal to bridge the staggering gap between Planning and Implementation within the government health system.

  • Continue working with local schools to identify and provide scholarships for standout students.  Our goal is that these children will return to Kalikot in order to build local capacity and help us achieve our long term sustainability goals.

  • Strengthen District and National level government relationships as we work to provide additional support for the regions medical burden.

  • Raise $250,000 dollars and secure at least one multiyear funding commitment from a large foundation or corporation.

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More information about the Oda Foundation is available here: Year End Report and Finances

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