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UK Team

John Matthews

John Matthews


Founding Trustee, Chairman


John is currently based in Scotland where he co-owns a boutique hotel. John relocated from the Middle East where he held hospitality & legal sector finance roles including Financial Director of Al Tamimi the regions largest law firm and CFO of HMH a region wide Islamic hospitality chain. It was during his time in the Middle East that John first had the opportunity to visit Nepal and his experiences there resulted in the founding of Children of the Mountain. John is a passionate advocate for caste and gender equality and believes the provision of quality education in primary years and the mentoring and the development of values & confidence in young adults are key to fairer and more inclusive communities.


AUT Team

Helmuth Neuwirth

Helmuth Neuwirth


Trustee, Chairman COTM Austria


Occupation: retired since March 2018, 34 years self-employed insurance broker and consultant in insurance matters. On a trekking tour to Everest 2010, I had the pleasure of being a guest at a school party. I saw the poor facilities at this school. For that reason, the idea that children go to school a little better was taken up by me. Since my trip to the east of Nepal, Taplejung District in the Khokling region, it has been a special need for me to support the urgent school building in this region.

Kathrin Grimmer, MSc

Kathrin Grimmer, MSc


Deputy Treasurer


Profession: Physiotherapist and osteopath in private practice. Good education for children is very important to me, and my children can also experience it. I know that we live in a privileged environment in this regard, I am very grateful for it and also wish children in other countries the opportunity to shape their lives and that includes a school education that promotes knowledge and creativity and does not distort it. In Nepal, Children of the Mountain creates opportunities for children that can use them to shape their adult lives independently. I think that's great and I'm happy to be able to contribute something.

Gerhard Traxler, BA

Gerhard Traxler, BA


Trustee, Secretary


Profession: Retired civil servant In 2010 I was able to get an impression of the country and its people in the course of a multi-week trekking tour in the Everest area. Our tour guide at the time Nayandra Rai was not only a good and careful mountain guide, but also gave us a deep insight into the culture of this beautiful but poor country. But he also addressed the social problems of this Himalayan state. I was impressed by the openness, friendliness and helpfulness of the people. The impressive mountains, fauna and flora will not be forgotten. The Children of the Mountain Austria association, including the association's goals, has been known to me for a long time through my friend Helmuth Neuwirth and has impressed me. When chairman Helmuth Neuwirth asked me whether I could imagine working in the association, I agreed after brief considerations. I am looking forward to an interesting activity in this important social project to give the children in Nepal access to education.

Peter Krenn

Peter Krenn


Trustee , Cashier


Profession: Trainer in adult education / coach / supervisor. Through my work with adolescents and young adults, I see every day how important good training is. It is about the right knowledge as well as the knowledge of skills in the interpersonal area. We are lucky that we can live in Austria and that there is an opportunity for a good education. Through my commitment to Children of the Mountain-Austria, I would like to help enable children and adolescents in Nepal, who will be the decision-makers of tomorrow, to have the appropriate education.

Anna Neuwirth

Anna Neuwirth


Trustee, Deputy Secretary


Profession: Pensioner, worked as a registry office manager in the community. During a trip to Nepal I was able to get to know the surroundings and the population a little bit away from the tourist centers. The children have to walk a long way to school so that they can take classes in desolate schools. I was able to take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new school and saw the joy that children and parents have in new educational institutions. Education is the cornerstone for a secure future and I would therefore like to make my contribution as an official at Children of the Mountain Austria.

Wolfgang Eder

Wolfgang Eder


Trustee, Assessor


Profession: Electrical engineer. Education and gender-free, free access to it are the surest step out of poverty and injustice. Educated children are the foundation for a sustainable, safe and just future of a country

Daniel Undeutsch

Daniel Undeutsch


Trustee, Assessor


Profession: IT consultant. I became aware of this initiative through a school project run by my classmates. This has never left me. Especially for children in developing countries, the only chance for advancement and prosperity is "education". It forms the foundation for opportunities in life. Therefore I want to make my contribution and offer the children in Nepal opportunities.

Nepal Team

Uttam Dahal

Uttam Dahal


In Country Director


Uttam is a resident of Kathmandu and has worked as a key member of the Early Childhood Education Centre based there. During his time there, Uttam was in charge of numerous courses and his accomplishments range from pre-school mentoring, training facilitator and community healing. In recent years he has travelled to over 60 districts in Nepal visiting remote schools working to tackle socio-economic and cultural diversity issues within the country.

Aruna Adhikari

Aruna Adhikari


Early Years Program Manager


Raised and educated in Bimsin municipality, Aruna met John while in primary school and expressed an interest in becoming an early years teacher. COTM recognized her potential and, post high school graduation, sponsored a two year teacher training program. Aruna joined COTM in 2017 and now gives back through managing the early years program.

Umesh Khanal

Umesh Khanal


District Monitor


Umesh is a local resident of Gorkha, Tandrang and is a newly joined team member. However, he has possessed experiences in working various local organizations to change his village through developmental works in Gorkha district. Umesh is responsible to manage and monitor the works in Gorkha district. Umesh is pursuing his Master level of Education.

Sarita Shrestha

Sarita Shrestha


District Motivator


Sarita was a former Early Childhood Development teacher in Andhi Barahi Primary School in Bandipur, Tanahun. Her skills on motivating, engaging, inspiring children and teachers through activity based learning is remarkable. She is closely focusing and supervising 6 schools in Bandipur to bring the real value-based education and joyful learning environment. Aiming to build career in Education field, Sarita is pursuing higher secondary education.

Mandira Lamichhane

Mandira Lamichhane


District Motivator


Mandira is a graduate in Bachelor in Arts majored in Nepali subject. She is deeply engaging to motivate the children and teachers to implement the techniques and methodology provided through teachers training for 10 schools in Tandrang, Gorkha. Being an inhabitant of program site, she feels more responsible in bringing changes in children’s life through education.

Sapana Shrestha

Sapana Shrestha


District Motivator


Sapana will look after 6 schools in Borland cluster. In a short period of time Sapana has learnt much about the education programs “I have received many different trainings in the past, but have now learnt how children can learn much better with the Nepali Literacy Program. I am very thankful to the entire team of COTM, I enjoy rhyming, singing and dancing with the children. Every school should be friendly and a place where they feel safe”

Devi Ojha

Devi Ojha


District Motivator


Devi will look after 5 schools in the remote part of Taplejung district. These are challenging schools that are in high hill and remote areas, Devi is very happy to visit the schools and looks forward to learning more about education programs to support the teachers and students. “The teachers have a lot of expectations for support and I hope that I will be able to offer this for them”

Kanchi Maya Tamang

Kanchi Maya Tamang


Ambassador


Kanchi is a three times Everest Summiteer and has been dedicating to empower the girls of her village in Sindhupalchowk district. She is managing the girl’s scholarship program and has been motivating them to continue the school level education. She conducts various activities to motivate, engage and inspire the girls to build career through the education.