Progress Nepal is a grassroots project funding the education for children in the rural town of Gorkha whose families are unable to afford the fees. Since 2007, we have been working with our volunteers in Nepal to partner sponsors in the UK with a child wishing to go to school and the results have been amazing!
Many of the kids in our programme are the highest achievers in their classes and we have just sent our first high-school graduate to college to study animal health in order to provide much needed veterinary care for the animals in her rural town!
With over 50% of the country living below the poverty line, Nepal is among the poorest countries in the world. When you are living on less than 75p a day, things like schooling and healthcare become a luxury. As a result, half of Nepali children are undernourished and there are high rates of illiteracy. Despite laws in Nepal banning child labour under the age of 14, many Nepali children are working low-skill jobs, often in abysmal, dangerous conditions. This exposes them to all kinds of exploitation, many of whom work for no pay, just basic food and shelter.
Your donation of £10 a month will not only pay for a child to attend school, but will supply them with books, stationary, uniforms and breakfast. However, a gift of an education lasts beyond the school years. Having an education means that a child will have opportunities otherwise closed off to them, giving them the means to access better jobs when they reach working age and to support themselves and their family, providing their own children with a better life when the time comes.
As two organizations who have been working in Nepal for many years so by joining forces with EHN we can do so much more. With their proven record of managing successful projects that continue to benefit local communities and our successful educational sponsorship programme we hope that we can work together to enable even more people to work their way out of poverty through their basic rights to education and health.
WHY EDUCATING GIRLS IS SO IMPORTANT:
- 53% of Nepalese women are illiterate (compared to 30% of men).
- 20% of current school-age girls are receiving no form of education.
- Only 8% of girls continue their education past secondary level (compared to 15% of boys).
- 23% of girls are married with a child by age 18.
Girls who have attended secondary school:
- Marry and start families an average 4 years later than uneducated girls.
- Are better informed about sexual health and are more likely to exercise autonomy over family planning decisions.
- Are less likely to tolerate domestic abuse.
- Can work to financially contribute to the family which leads to empowerment.
- Are more likely to push for the education of their daughters.