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About Back to Life e.V.

Back to Life e.V. is a non-profit association that is active in development and disaster relief. The association has been promoting the improvement of the living conditions of poor, needy and severely disadvantaged people for 25 years. From 1996 to 2017, a wide variety of projects were supported in India, and since 2009, Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, has been the focus of the aid measures. Over 65,000 people are now reached through Back to Life’s interventions, including approximately 8700 students who benefit from our school-based support. Under the guiding principle of “helping people to help themselves”, the projects are conceived and implemented by our founder Stella Deetjen and her team in Nepal and Germany. The content of our work in Nepal is based on the concrete needs of the population, the cultural and socio-economic context as well as the statutes of our association, the national development goals and last but not least the international goals for sustainable development, also known as Agenda 2030.

Our goals in Nepal:

Goal 1

Improved quality of school education and Educational support for disadvantaged children from poor families

Goal 2

Better access to professional obstetric care and health services in particularly remote areas

Goal 3

Establish drinking water and sanitation in remote villages

Goal 4

Improved access to clean energy in particularly remote areas and protection of natural resources

Goal 5

Promoting sustainable economic development and local income initiatives

Our team on site

On site, only Nepali employees are responsible for the projects, the team of our permanent employees in Kathmandu counts 8 permanent employees. In addition, we carry out all projects on site with local partners. Not only are they very familiar with the country, culture, language and people, their drive is also great. They want to accompany their country and its people into a future that is worth living and rich in prospects, to establish women’s and children’s rights and to fight poverty.
Prof. Dr. Madhav P. Bhatta
Madhav P. Bhatta, professor of epidemiology and global health at Kent State University in the United States, was born and raised in a rural mountain village in Baitadi district in far western Nepal. Madhav Bhatta received his Master of Public Health (Epidemiology and Global Health) from the University of Pennsylvania and obtained his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.

Prof. Dr. Bhatta serves as our honorary health expert. He supports us with advice when it comes to medical questions or the development of health concepts.

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