Social work in Nepal is not a new invention. It can be traced back through many forms of voluntary work by religious and cultural institutions such as guthi (clan-based association), dharmashala (free residences for the poor) and patipauwa (public resting place).
Alms giving to the poor and disabled is widely practiced even today, rooted in the concept of daan (charity) in order to please the gods and seek a better life both in the present and in the next life. Here is a recent interview with Social Activist Dipak Silwal. Watch this video to know details.