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  • Locations: Karnali Zone, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Spring Travel, Summer Travel
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: TJU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Oda Foundation Logo
The Oda Foundation runs a medical facility in Oda, Nepal. We serve more than 1,000 patients per month and address a broad range of health problems, including acute respiratory infections, typhoid fever, COPD, and everyday accidents and injuries. Since we opened our doors on December 12, 2013, our target population of approximately 50,000 has experienced a significant reduction in mortality and morbidity rates. The Foundation’s work is organized through five pillars:
  • Basic Healthcare – The Oda Foundation health program is led by Mim Bahadur Karki, who has over ten years of rural medical experience in Nepal. Karki, along with the rest of our team works to provide 24-hour access to high quality medical professionals and medicines.                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Health Education – The Oda Foundation provides health education and distributes medical supplies. The goal of these programs is to reduce superstitious health practices, which are prevalent in the region.                                                                                         
  • Health Subsidies – The Oda Foundation supports patients who must travel to the nearest comprehensive hospital, over 18 hours away, in the event a situation cannot be handled on site.                                                                                                                          
  • Government Engagement – The Oda Foundation collaborates with the Kalikot District Health Office, working directly on challenges ranging from data collection to coordinated emergency responses.                                                                                                     
  • General Education – The Oda Foundation is committed to improving education in our pilot village, Oda. We are focused on increasing student and teacher aptitude and accountability working hand in hand with local educators and officials to repair a broken education system.

Karnali Zone
The village of Oda is located in Nepal’s Karnali Zone, an area that is enduring a “Silent Emergency,” according to UNICEF. The mountainous region is accessible by only one road, and is considered to be one of the most deprived places in the developing world. Residents of the Karnali Zone struggle with malnutrition and extreme poverty, and they have difficulty accessing professional health care and education.


Oda director John Christopher fell in love with the Nepalese people while volunteering for a non-profit organization there in 2011. When he visited a family in the country’s remote Karnali region, he saw an intense need for aid and an incredible opportunity to improve lives. Since that time, John has devoted his life to providing Nepalese people the basic health and education he took for granted while growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Oda Foundation opened a health clinic in December 2013 and established a standalone facility in February 2015. Last year, the Foundation began working with the local school system to improve education outcomes.


Our objective is to improve lives in one of the poorest regions of Nepal. The Foundation seeks to establish reliable, well equipped, and professionally managed health facilities; we aim to improve education levels and decrease reliance on superstitions; and, we work to respond to local needs and empower communities to flourish.

We use a co-investment approach to achieve these objectives. This means we engage with local stakeholders, government offices, charitable efforts and international nonprofits to build consensus and drive positive changes. In all of our work, we emphasize effective, efficient and equitable services.

  • Increase the number of patients served to 15,000 between Oda, partner health posts, and mobile health operations. Distribute 3,000 reusable maxi-pads in conjunction with our mobile health operations.                                                                                                      
  • Expand the organization to include a mobile health circuit, which will explore potential future project sites.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Begin working directly with the Government of Nepal to bridge the staggering gap between Planning and Implementation within the government health system.                                                                                                                                                              
  • Continue working with local schools to identify and provide scholarships for standout students.  Our goal is that these children will eventually staff our growing health network and help us achieve our long term sustainability goals.                                                             
  • Strengthen District and National level government relationships as we work to take on a greater share of the regions medical burden.                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Raise $200,000 dollars and secure at least one multiyear funding commitment from a large foundation or corporation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Identify a partner to begin work on a UAV driven test program, to serve as the basis of the Oda Foundations Hub & Spoke health network.

For additional information on this program, please contact:

 Jefferson Student Reports - The Oda Foundation 
The Oda Foundation - 2016 
The Oda Foundation - 2016
The Oda Foundation - 2016 


This program is currently not accepting applications.