At Jevaia, we believe in a human rights approach to our work: all people are entitled to basic security, personal and cultural autonomy, and a life of dignity. Our programs are designed around collaboration, sustainability, and respect for culture.
While we have had a number of programs over the years, Jevaia’s primary initiative focuses on the development of rural dental care. Oral disease is a widely ignored public health epidemic in Nepal, and is closely linked with malnutrition, cardiac problems, risky pregnancy, and overall lowered immune competency. Our community-based design is the only one of its kind in Nepal. Read more about JOHC.
Board and Staff
Jevaia International and our in-country partner, Jevaia Nepal, each have a separate board of directors. In the U.S. our Executive Director is the only full-time employee, while our Nepal office includes four full time staff plus more than thirty part-time staff members working in their villages. Meet our Team.
Jevaia was founded (as Eva Nepal) in November 2007, formalizing community projects that our founder, Laura Spero, had started in 2004. Laura first visited the rural village of Kaskikot as a volunteer teacher in 2002, and ended up living with a local family where she participated heavily in household and village life. Over the course of the next year, people in Kaskikot came to her with a variety of problems, but surprisingly, the lack of dental care stood out as an especially frequent one. Laura began working with residents of Kaskikot to research and troubleshoot this gap in health care, and over a decade later, Jevaia Oral Health Care establishes sustainable rural dental clinics and school-based prevention for tens of thousands of people in Nepal.
You’ll find more of our founding story on All The Pieces, Laura’s blog about more than a decade of life in and around rural Nepal, where she has continued to live for part of each year since 2002. Laura has also produced a number of radio stories about Nepalese life and culture, and most recently, reported from Nepal after the April 2015 earthquake. Even now, when she is not in the U.S., Laura calls Kaskikot home.
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