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

    • April 25, 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Deschutes Brewery Production Facility
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    The brewery tour is part of the Ten Friends / Hopeful Home Event.

    Register for the main event

    Here is an opportunity to tour the Deschutes Brewery production facility.  Ten Friends, in conjunction with Deschutes Brewery, are offering a guided tour of their brewing operation.  Come see what's involved in brewing some of the finest beer in the nation.  The tour is limited to 15 individuals so register early to reserve space on the tour.

    The cost of the tour is $10 per person and funds will be collected at the beginning of the tour.


    45 minutes--please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time!


    Grab your complimentary beer, tour-exclusive coozie, and follow your guide through the facility for an insiders’ look at all things Deschutes! You’ll learn about our history, the brewing process, and see the beer you love coming to life. 

    Included: Tour-exclusive coozie, can of beer for the tour (your choice!)

    Recommended to ages 12+ because our small friends tend to get a little bored on tour.


    Meet in our tasting room at 901 SW Simpson Ave

    What to Bring

    21+ ID required to enjoy beer during the tour

    • April 25, 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Deschutes Brewery - Mountain Room

    Please join us for what will surely be a fun and educational evening hosted by Ten Friends in the Mountain Room above the Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room in Bend on Simpson Ave. This Deschutes Brewery and High Camp Taproom sponsored event will be held on Thursday, April 25th between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Free Deschutes beer and Himalayan appetizers prepared by High Camp Taproom will be provided.

    The evening will include:

    • An optional tour of the Deschutes Brewery production facility beginning at 4:00 pm (Separate Registration and $10 fee for the Brewery Tour is required)  Register for the tour
    • A social hour beginning at 5:30 pm
    • A brief presentation about Ten Friends and its achievements during the past year beginning about 6:15 pm
    • A presentation on the Ten Friends supported Nepal based Hopeful Home Orphanage beginning at about 6:30 pm

    We have arranged (pending technical success) to have the Nepal orphanage's Director of Fundraising and Co-Chairman, Dinesh Khakurel as well as children from the orphanage to join us online for the event. Dinesh and other presenters who have visited the orphanage will provide an in-depth review of Hopeful Home's efforts to provide Nepal orphans, street children and at-risk children with the fundamental necessities of life including food, shelter, education, healthcare, and most importantly, the warmth of a loving home.  We will also provide information on how you can support Hopeful Home including the rewarding experience of sponsoring a child residing at Hopeful Home.  

     If you want to find out information about Hopeful Home in advance of the event, we encourage you to Visit their Website or learn more about their Sponsorship Program


    Registration for the event is required and we encourage you to register early to assure a spot.

    Dinesh Khakurel

    • August 12, 2024
    • 7:30 PM (UTC)
    • September 05, 2024
    • 5:00 PM (UTC)
    • Nepal


    Comprised of both high school students and adults, we will visit Hopeful Home Orphanage (HHO), visit Himalayan Education Center (HEC), possibly dedicate a library (or two) in a remote village, give new books to an existing library, and explore Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Khandbari with a variety of day trips in the cities and surrounding countryside.  View the chronicles of the 2023 Trip!

    Our ideal composition is 3-4 adult chaperones and 6-8 high school students to maintain an adult-to-student ratio of roughly 1:2 or 1:3. At present, Ten Friends founder Mark LaMont and President Bruce Abernethy are confirmed as chaperones, and so we are looking for 1 or 2 more adults. At this time there are several students who are probable or very interested.  We are looking for upperclassmen, but a stronger selection factor is level of maturity and responsibility.

    Specific dates for the trip are still being determined but it is anticipated that the travel will be in August and perhaps extending into September. The current proposed itinerary is approximately 3 weeks from start (leave Redmond (RDM)) to finish (return to RDM) with a cost of roughly $4,500 per participant.  This covers flights to/from Nepal plus flights within Nepal, other transportation, lodging and food and most sightseeing. The cost of the following items are not included in the cost estimate above. All participants will be required to obtain trip insurance with medical and evacuation coverage included and be up-to-date on all Covid-19 requirements. Participants should check with their doctor to make sure they have all recommended vaccinations and suggested medications to take along, primarily various antibiotics for the GI tract and the respiratory system. Nepal requires all visitors to have a Visa.

    If this appeals to you or are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Bruce Abernethy at or Mark LaMont at

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