Assisting, Educating and Empowering the people of Nepal

Ten Friends is a dynamic, non-profit organization dedicated to improving lives in the 3rd world with simple, hands–on projects that make a big difference to people in need.  We work in Nepal – among the poorest countries in the world. One of the beauties of the Nepali culture is its simplicity – fancy homes, material items, and excess are seldom seen. Nepali people value family, religion, education, and basic needs like food, sanitation, shelter, clean drinking water . . . and a cup of tea with a friend. Our goal is to provide those basics so our projects focus on assistance that the Nepali people need – not what we think they need based on our culture or religion. Before we begin any project, we always ask, “Is this something you need and can use?” 



Ten Friends recognizes the human impact of economic hardship throughout the world. Our values are cultural respect, human dignity, increased quality of life, and environmental preservation. We are especially concerned with the many challenges faced by children. These values guide us as we seize opportunities to empower less fortunate people and enrich their lives. 

who we are

We are an Oregon based non-profit organization and are volunteer run with no staff. We rely on individuals we support in Nepal to operate our programs and projects.  We do no direct marketing but believe that "If each of us tells ten friends about what is needed…and each of them tells ten friends…and each of them tells ten friends…then what we can accomplish has no limits. That’s the power of Ten Friends!”

Why Contribute

Experience the joy of contributing and knowing that nearly all of your tax-deductible contribution goes directly towards helping the people of Nepal.  

We offer a range of opportunities for you to contribute to programs and projects that best align with your personal beliefs and interests.  Together we can make a difference in enhancing and improving the lives of others.

Upcoming Ten Friends events

    • December 07, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cascades Academy 19860 Tumalo Reservoir Road Bend, OR 97703


    The Cascades Academy MUSE Club will once again be holding a Himalayan Dinner and Silent Auction to support Ten Friends. The evening will include speakers, a raffle, a dinner of Dal Bhat and our silent auction. The event will be held at Cascades Academy on December 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.   

    The cost for the event is a very reasonable $15. Raffle tickets cost $5 and the Nepalese Bundel costs $10.

    Last year, with the help of the Ten Friends Board, Cascades Academy was able to raise over $10,000 to support Ten Friends. The silent auction will include an assortment of goods and experiences donated by local businesses and individuals. Some items include beautiful art works, a “foodies” package with gift cards from all your favorite restaurants, a weekend stay in Sunriver, and so much more!

    We hope you can join us for this fun event.  Registration is recommended and we encourage you to register early to hold a spot.

    The raffle items include a Tangka painting, a singing bowl and other assorted Nepalese goods. The Nepalese Bundel includes prayer flags, a headband, incense, and a bracelet. 

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