The Oda Project

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

WHO WE ARE


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Nick Kraft – Country Director, Oda Foundation USA
Nick was became Director for the Oda Foundation in October of 2017, after serving as both an Education Fellow and a Transition Fellow for the foundation in 2016-2017. Nick’s experience living and working in the village of Oda as well as the personal connections he has made on the ground in Nepal have set him up for success in his role of Director.

Prior to joining The Oda Foundation Nick worked for The Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado. Nick graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in International Affairs and Business. 

 

Karan Singh – Co-Founder, Managing Director, Oda Foundation Nepal
Karan Singh is the Director of Oda Foundation Nepal.  He was born in Oda and raised in Kalikot.  At the age of 14, Karan lost his father from pneumonia which catalyzed his desire to help the region with its medical issues.   Unfortunately, at that time with little money and a need to support his family, Karan travelled to India where he quickly thrived.  During his 12 years in Rishikesh, Karan quickly progressed from a dishwasher to a manager at Garwhal Himalayan Explorations.   While in India, Karan would return home on a yearly basis bringing clothes, medicine, and books to help his neighbors where he could.  Despite those efforts, Karan wanted to make a bigger impact and it was while serving as manager, that Karan received a call from Nepal with an opportunity to return in a much more impactful way.  In the fall of 2013 Karan returned to Oda with John and a renewed hope of helping his home community.  After months of planning, Karan and John concurrently founded The Oda Foundation and Himalayan Sewa Semaj Kendra with the hope of engaging the community and providing high quality medicine for some of Nepal’s most in need people.

“I always dreamed to help my community and the people of the Karnali Zone.  Before we started Himalayan Sewa Semaj Kendra we had so many avoidable deaths, and I’m so fortunate to John, The Oda Foundation, and our supporters who helped make my dreams come true” – Karan Singh, Director H.S.S.K


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Mim Bahadur Karki –  Director of Government Relationships & Community Health Professional
Mim Karki started with Oda Clinic in December 2013. Mim Karki grew up in Pili, which is roughly a three hour walk from Oda, and received his community medical certificate in Nepalgunj. He has worked in Kalikot and the surrounding hills for over a decade and his familiarity with the local people and regional health problems is indispensable. Karki runs the clinic and advises the team on a range of cultural issues. Further, he is working with outsiders to help bolster our health education program.

 

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Nirendra Bogati – Clinic Manager & Community Health Professional
Nirendra started with Oda Clinic in January 2016. He grew up in Manma, a district capital of of Kalikot, and received his Health Assistant certificate in Nepalgunj. He has worked in urban and rural health for over 24years.  Nirendra speaks proficient English and worked at the Kalikot District Hospital prior to joining the Oda Foundation.

 

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Doctor Prasana Khatiwoda - Resident Doctor
Doctor Prasana joined the Oda Foundation as Resident Doctor in January, 2019.  Prior to her work with Oda, Doctor Prasana worked with the Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN) and Duke University School of Medicine.

Dr. Prasana earned her Bachelor of Medicine at Manipal College of Medical Sciences. She holds an MSc in Global Health from Duke University.

 

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Raj Kumari Dura - Program Manager, Women’s Empowerment (WEMPOW)

 

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Tankha Chaulagai – Lab Technician
Tankha grew up in Sarabada, a two hour walk from Oda.  After working for several years as a Lab Technician in neighboring Pili he joined the Oda team in 2016. 


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Krishna Shai - Community Health Professional

 

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Khesar Bahadur Singh - Community Health Professional

 

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Usha Singh - Auxiliary Nurse Midwife

 

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Prem Shahi - Facilities Manager
Prem Shahi is  Oda's carpenter, mason, electrician - just name it and he can do it.  A native of neighboring Gela, Prem joined the Oda Foundation team in 2015.

 

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Bim Bahadur Singh - Facilities & Night Security
Bim joined our team after returning from India to care for his brother's six children, following his death last year.  In addition to supporting the children, Bim serves as a night watchmen and general laborer for the Foundation.

 

Kapil Bahadur Singh - Facilities
Kapil joined the Oda Foundation team 2018.


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Rai Pariyar - Staff
Rai spends much of his time in the mountains above Oda overseeing Foundation led agricultural activities.  Working alongside his two sons he ensures a steady pipeline of produce to keep the team fed, in addition to a number of other activities.

 

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Muna Singh – Facilities


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Sarba Singh - Facilities

 

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Sarjan Singh – Accounting


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Tulki Singh – Kitchen Manager

Tulki is a single mother of two and a beloved face in Oda. She supports Oda Team members by cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner in addition to a number of other essential tasks.


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Purna BK – Kitchen/Facilities Staff

 

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Sani Kanchi Singh – Kitchen/Facilities Staff

 

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John Christopher – Founder and Director
John founded The Oda Foundation, a nonprofit providing healthcare and education to over 50,000 people in underserved regions of Nepal. As Oda’s first Director, John led the organization's transition from a one-room cowshed to a sustainably-built village hospital and community center that treats more than 50 patients daily and supports the education of over 250 impoverished children. Under John’s leadership The Oda Foundation’s work was been recognized by The Aspen Institute, The Stanford Social Innovation Review, MedShare and the Government of Nepal.

In addition to his work and passion for all things Oda, John is a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and based in Denver, Colorado. He earned his MBA at Columbia Business School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington & Lee University.


U.S. LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT
 

The Oda Foundation has an incredible group of supporters and leaders in America and abroad. Their giving, advice and hard work make our success in Nepal possible. We can't thank this tremendous group of people enough. 

U.S. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Chairman, Larry Lawrence - Retired venture capital fund Founder and Managing Partner

  • Vice President, Kirk Adamson - Senior Vice President at KSL Capital Partners

  • Treasurer, Byron Peyster - Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group

  • Secretary, Colin Ram - Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom LLP

  • Board Member, Sandy Reiter - Associate Professor of Business Administration, Washington and Lee University

  • Board Member, Ivy Silver - Leadership Council of the Harvard School of Public Health

  • Board Member, Sarah Webb - MPH/MBA Candidate at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carey Business School

  • Board Member, Nick Kraft - Director, Oda Foundation

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

  • Chair, Peter Lawrence

  • Vice-Chair, Brett Ryan

  • Secretary & US Liaison, Robert Christopher

  • Communications Chair, Brit Staniar