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

    • October 05, 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Deschutes Brewery Mountain Room on Simpson

    We want to invite you to join us for what will surely be a fun celebration and party hosted by Ten Friends in the Mountain Room above the Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room in Bend on Simpson Ave. This Deschutes Brewery sponsored event will be held on Thursday, October 5th between 5:00 pm and 8:00 p.m. Free beer and Himalayan appetizers prepared by High Camp Taproom will be provided.

    Why the festivities? There are many reasons for celebrating including:

    • The merger of Ten Friends with Elevate Nepal, greatly expanding our scope of work
    • The launch of our Friends of Ten Friends “Friendship Campaign”
    • The return of our Ten Friends delegation (including five Central Oregon high school students) from their recent adventures in Nepal
    • The release of our new website
    • The continued success of Ten Friends support for educational, orphanage, vocational training, and other programs/activities that are improving the lives of the Nepalese (and positively impacting our own local youth)

    We hope you can join the celebration and take this opportunity to meet other Central Oregon individuals who share an interest in Nepal and making this world a better place. Some have supported Ten Friends in the past and/or traveled to Nepal and experienced first-hand the unique culture and travel adventures of the nation; others are living vicariously and hoping one day to visit a land that has been described as “pure kindness.” The celebration will provide a great opportunity to learn more about Ten Friends and our efforts to assist, educate and empower the people of Nepal, and you’ll get to hear from local students who have had life-changing experiences.

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

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