• Organization TypeAdvocacy NGO
  • Staff26-50
  • HeadquartersIndia
  • Founded1995
Tewa means, “support” in Nepali. It refers to the kind of support used to prop up leaning walls and buildings before they are rebuilt. Its Founder Rita Thapa initiated Tewa in September 1995. With its formal registration at the Chief District Office, Lalitpur, of the Government of Nepal, and the Social Welfare Council in April 1996, Tewa was formally established. It comprises of 28 due paying diverse women members of whom 11 are on the Executive Board, whose present Chair is Dr Nirmala KC/ PhD, a professional staff team and a gender balanced advisory committee, an active volunteer body, and other allies and supporters. Tewa’s philosophy is to develop modern philanthropy, both in terms of minimizing social costs incurred in rapid transition, for self-reliant development that is not donor dependent, and for the empowerment of emerging groups of rural women in Nepal. With this philosophy in mind Tewa does local fund-raising, gives grants to women’s groups from all over Nepal, and strengthens the human resources of Nepal through various programmes. As an organization, Tewa's style is to be diverse and inclusive, non-hierarchical, transparent and accountable. Tewa works on the basis of a process-led approach, with ongoing reflection and analysis based on continuous appraisal, monitoring and evaluation, most of which is built into their various programmes. In all of this Tewa basically tries to "walk its talk" and aims at being frugal and efficient in all that it does.   VISION A country without discrimination and injustice, in which all women enjoy their rights, freedom and peace.   MISSION Through funding and capacity development, Tewa supports women to organize, raise their voices collectively and transform discriminatory policies, systems, norms and practices.

Where is Tewa
Projects1Location of contracts awarded


Staff at Tewa have experience in


  • hiv/aids
  • events / training
  • market research
  • public administration
  • work


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment

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Company Offices
  • India (headquarters)
  • Lalitpur
  • P.O. Box: 11, Lalitpur

In the News

Diana Ohlbaum on #Fin4Dev

The little development engine that could

2 June 2015


Primary Funders

  • Other - Funding NGO / CSO

Contract Awards

Support For Self-Reliant Development

Other - Funding NGO / CSO