Welcome to UK Nepal Friendship Society
The UK Nepal Friendship Society (UKNFS) is a not for profit company founded in 2012. Following Nepali graduate students at Bournemouth University demand to have an effective voice on specific topics and matters of importance to the UK Nepali community. The UKNFS ethos is to ‘Serve through its Skills & Expertise’. The Nepali community includes many Nepali community representational organisations that exist to support the UK Nepali community and broader UK multicultural & inclusive community cohesion values and education. Yet a gap existed to have an organisation able to support the varying objectives of the existing UK Nepali Community organisations with a holistic interface to HM Government and Local Authorities. This objective would then be used to integrate UK and Nepal community development objectives. The UKNFS official patron, therefore, is H.E. the Ambassador of Nepal to the UK (and Éire) to further these objectives.
From UKNFS’s earliest days, and especially from 2017 a core dynamic of the organisation has involved skills-sharing that could support Nepal – UK friendship and the socio-economic advancement of Nepal itself. This focusing on areas not covered by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) or UK Department for International Development (DfID), yet clearly sought in Nepal in their political/commercial capital of Kathmandu. UKNFS see’s it’s prime objective to be, as it’s founding principal, to be the voice and meet the needs of marginalised socio and economic Nepali communities throughout the UK and Nepal, through an ‘All sections of community & society’ approach and is very proud to work with the Government of Nepal at both a national and local level with the guidance of our Patron.
A taste of UKNFS achievements to date: UK lead partner of the Britain-Nepal Bicentenary exhibition, initiated with UKNFS technical support from the UK end, of the Nepal Art Council. Through a national UK Nepali advice access project UKNFS led on and enabled a successful NRNA led representation to the UK Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street (November 2018), to make the
case for a Nepali entry on the 2021 Census. The UKNFS has also led on national to Wessex area engagement with the Department of Work & Pensions on effective engagement with the UK Nepali community, covering the topic of Universal Credit, including reform regarding the negative impacts of shortening of duration of family leave for Nepali-Gurkha families.
In support of Sahara UK, the UKNFS successfully led the negotiations with the Football Association (FA) securing a two-leg Nepal national team and England C Team friendly international in the 2020 – 2021 period. At the request of the Tamu Dhee UK organisation, UKNFS enabled a parliamentary democratic processes educational visit to Westminster and The National Assembly of Wales for UK Nepali community organisations. The UKNFS is leading a major UK Nepali community cultural heritage project, including Nepali cuisine, Gurkha, and Sherpa community and cultures components- and to come! UK-Nepal Trade: SMEs to major businesses ranging in sectors from tourism, energy, agriculture, to healthcare. UKNFS’s collaboration with Things to Do In (Ltd.) on-line directory enabling effective business & trade ties between the UK & Nepal and London-Kathmandu from the autumn of 2019. You can learn more by visiting www.uknfs.org