INF is an international non-government organisation, registered in Australia as a non-profit company limited by guarantee.
INF has its official registered head office in Australia, however its international service office is in the Nepal Country Office in Kathmandu and it works in Nepal through five-yearly agreements with the Nepali government's Social Welfare Council.
INF finds, trains and supports expatriate volunteers to work in INF in Nepal and other partner organisations. Since the start of 2013, the programmes based in Kathmandu are known as INF Sanjaal (sanjaal means network). INF partners with Nepal government health and training institutions and community-based organisations through the following programmes:
Partnership Programme, which seconds suitably qualified and experiend expatriates to partner organisations with a focus on training and capacity building and includes support to:
- government health training programmes (ultrasound and hospital management) working with the National Health Training Centre and Nick Simons Institute,
- different mission hospitals including pharmacy advice,
- community based organisations (CBOs) working with disadvantaged groups,
- a non-government organistion (NGO) which offeres counselling services and trains church members and hospital workers in pastoral care and counselling.
The programme is looking for more opportunities to serve in the areas of medical and nursing education, biomedical equipment training, mental health and support of CBOs.
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Diaspora Initiative, which is split in two:
- The India Migrant Initiative (IMI) works in partnership with local churches to serve groups of migrants in NW India through literacy classes, children's tuition and various vocational trainings and health awareness programmes.
- The Migrant Link Initiative (MLI) works in partnership with the Nepalese Migrant Unity Network (NeMUN), to promote safer migration, and provide hospitatlity and other practical assistance to labour migrants travelling to and from the Asian Diaspora.
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Faith @ Work Programme, which aims to strengthen Nepali Christian organisations through leadership development by:
- partnering with others to provide training in leadership and management,
- helping Christians to understand the interaction between their work and their faith,
- developing strategies to increase the supply of qualified human resources.
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INF International Director:
The process for selecting a new INF International Director is ongoing (cf. application details) and we expect the new incumbent to be in post by end 2013.
The INF Nepal Country Office Director is Seeta Gurung.
INF employs around 20 Nepali staff in the Country Office and its Primary Study Centres. Around 15 expatriate volunteer mission workers serve directly with INF, in addition to approximately 40 expatriate volunteer mission workers who are seconded to INF in Nepal and partner organisations.
INF is nearing the end of an extensive review process. During 2013 we expect the new structures to come into place gradully and members of the new international board to be appointed to lead the mission forward in to the future.
The new INF board chair is Graham Morrison.
The board of INF normally meets four times a year by teleconference and once a year in Nepal.
INF board members are as follows:
- Phil Davis
- Deependra Gautam
- Phil Lindsay [Company Secretary]
- Graham Morrison [Chair]
- Eric Proudfoot [Treasurer]
- Clive Thomas
- David Williams
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