Our People Nepal


SCAI Nepal is run by Country Director Emma Taylor, who has been living in Nepal since early 2007. Her daily work involves being a mother figure to the 74 children at Sunrise Orphanage, facilitating all project work that SCAI undertakes in Nepal in partnership with the local Sunrise committee and various local staff, and liasing with SCAI and its support network Australia and around the world. Read more...

Sunrise Orphanage Committee (NGO)

Sunrise Orphanage is run by a committee of seven Nepalese men and women, led by Chairperson Sangita Bhandari. With the exception of one committee member who moved overseas, the committee has been in place since its establishment in July 2005, a testament to their dedication to our work and the strong partnership with SCAI.

In addition to the committee, Sunrise has some valued advisors, such as Legal Advisor Dhurba Parajuli.

On a daily basis, our projects are run by various local staff:

Sunrise Orphanage

There are 8 full time live in carers, who not only undertake all of the daily household chores such as cooking and cleaning, but importantly are there for the children around the clock to provide them with the love, care, support and encouragement that resembles a natural family environment.

In addition to our full time carers we have some wonderful part time staff including Rehabilitation Therapist Surendra Bajacharya, tutor Bijana Bhandari, thanka painting teacher Kamansingh Lama, music teacher Ram Kumar Bimal and dance teacher Kalpana Shrestha.

Education Scholarship Programs

These programs are monitored by various staff from the respective local areas. Sunmaya Tamang, Daniel Chandra Pun and Sita Siwakoti are core members of the team, with the support of 5 tutors. Monitoring involves regular visits to the children’s home and schools and co-ordinating group sharing and counselling sessions for then children, parents, teachers and other relevant community members.

Community Training Centres

Our wonderful team of trainers include Sita Bhandari, Shanti Ghimire and Uma Magar (sewing) and Aashish and Sara (computer and literacy classes). Not only do they provide training at basic and advanced levels, but they are instrumental in growing the centres and providing an environment where students can come together and support each other on a broader level.