Tewa means “support” in Nepali. It refers to the kind of support used to prop up leaning walls and buildings before they are rebuilt. Tewa was initiated post World Conference on Women in Beijing, September 1995 by its founder Rita Thapa. With formal registration at the CDO Lalitpur Office of GoN, and the Social Welfare Council in April 1996, Tewa was formally established. It comprises of twenty-three dues-paying diverse women members of whom eleven are on the Executive Board; a professional staff team; a gender balanced advisory committee; and an active volunteer body.
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 we do local fund-raising, give small grants to women’s groups from rural Nepal, and strengthen the human resource of Nepal through various programmes.
As an organization, Tewa’s style is to be diverse and inclusive, non-hierarchical, and transparent and accountable. We work 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 our various programme. In all this we basically “walk our talk” and aim at being frugal and efficient in all that we do.