Project information

A Magical Community called Bung

Bung is an extremely remote and poor village in Solukhumbu district at least a days’ walk away from the nearest road. We’ve been working with their community members supporting them with their community development strategy and now wish to help them meet their development goals.

Three years

Charity information: Dzi Foundation Uk

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  • Need


    Community infrastructure is limited and fragile. From school buildings, trails and bridges liable to collapse to a lack of clean and safe drinking water and suitable irrigation canals - Bung's development goals are wide reaching and thorough. C.90% of population depend on subsistence agriculture but only 16% of the households’ agricultural production is enough to cover the whole year, most can only manage six months or less and don't have enough household income to purchase additional food.


    First we'll provide Community Development Group (CDG) training to increase capacity for structured development and begin with small starter projects i.e., clean water systems, irrigation
    canals, bridges & safer trails to improve basic infrastructure. Once the CDG are confident in formal development processes we support them on larger projects i.e., building schools, heath centres etc. We'll also introduce our agricultural income generation programme to increase food security and livelihoods.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase capacity for structured, community driven development


    » Encourage the formation of Community Development Groups (CDGs) and provide training and support around project management and proposal writing

    What success will look like

    CDGs who are competent with formal processes, planning & procedures involved and can gather detailed proposals for development projects.

    Aim 2

    To improve community infrastructure


    » Run short cost-free projects to benefit community, e.g., cleaning/fixing public places, planting community crops, constructing public trails.
    » Complete small starter projects proposed by CDG (c. 2-4 months to complete) I.E., clean water systems, irrigation canals, bridges & safer trails
    » Assist with feasibility studies & community development plans. One large project per year, i.e., a school, health centre, eco-toilets, water systems

    What success will look like

    A range of accessible, safe and sustainable infrastructure in the community. All projects utilising and teaching earthquake-proof design technology.

    Aim 3

    Support the development of sustainable communities


    » Improve food security and livelihoods by introducing our organic agricultural income generation programme

    What success will look like

    Mutli-community savings cooperatives and Farmers Groups supporting each other and growing enough food to support their families.

  • Impact


    The community of Bung will have:

    - Increased capacity for structured development
    - Improved basic infrastructure
    - Improved health & education infrastructure and
    - Improved nutrition
    - Increased income levels
    - Empowered community members


    DZi have been working with Bung on their development plans for some time now. We do not commit to working with a new community unless we are sure of full community buy-in and collaboration from members. Community members have formed CDG of 11 members
    representing the whole community, registered as an NGO, and been trained in relevant processes involved meaning that they are eligible for ongoing government support for maintenance of any infrastructure we assist them with.


    Bung’s progress will be continually monitored by our field workers and communicated back via social media and email. As part of our commitment to transparency we post public audit banners for all projects so that all those involved can see how the budget is tracked and spent.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Starter Projects Selection of small starter projects proposed by CDG which take c. 2-4 months to complete
      £15,000 Large projects Construct one new large project e.g. a school building
      £5,000 Ag programme Introduce organic agricultural income generation programmes to increase food security & livelihoods.
  • Background


    Bung is an extremely remote and poor village in Solukhumbu district at least a days’ walk away from the nearest road. The 4520 residents are a mix of indigenous Tamang, Rai, Newar, Chhetri, Dalit, and Sherpa ethnic backgrounds.


    4520 men, women and children of all ages.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our staff team have been working on community development programmes like this since 1998, our deep development model is proven to be effective.

    Bung invited DZi in to work in partnership with community members to bring real change that lasts. We’ve been working with community members for the last 12 months and have supported them in putting together a feasible
    development strategy with realistic goals and milestones we believe they can achieve with our support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ben Ayres

    Our Nepal Country Director, Ben has now dedicated over a third of his life to Nepal. Ben speaks fluent Nepali and devised our deep development model

    Ang Chokpa Sherpa

    Deputy Direct Ang Chokpa hails from the village of Chaurikharka, Solukhumbu and has two masters degrees one in rural development and one in sociology

    Rewati Rai

    Rewati Rai from Rakha in Khotang one of our oldest working areas, has years of experience working in community mobilization related to agriculture