Andrew travelled to Nepal with Jami Saunders for the first time in 2010. After coming home to Brooklyn, they co-founded Kids of Kathmandu to help marginalized Nepali children receive the support and education necessary to become independent, productive adults in an ever evolving Nepal.
Andrew transitioned from his previous life as a furniture designer/fabricator to concentrating full-time on Kids of Kathmandu after the massive April 2015 earthquake. His work in developing projects, assessing needs and forging new partnerships for Kids of Kathmandu has more similarities to designing and building furniture than Andrew ever anticipated. He understands that by paring everything down to the essentials, measuring the effectiveness and sturdiness of the project, and relying on the expertise of others, one can achieve results that are not only solid and functional, but also quite beautiful.