There is a total of 35,222 Elementary and Secondary schools, 10 Universities, and more than 1,400 Colleges throughout Nepal. Girls education is still not a priority in some rural households, and the practice of child marriage is relatively common even in cities and rural parts. Challenges in education include poor quality, gender inequity, geographical remoteness, social, economic, and ethnic differences. There are many obstacles for children to enroll and to attend school. This includes poverty, social exclusion, disability, migration, child labor, social norms, and gender bias. We are focused on providing the opportunity of enrollment through child education sponsorship. Also, we educate parents of equal educational opportunities to both daughters and sons.
Nepal is a landlocked country with two bigger neighbors India and China. Nepal has plenty of fertile lands for agriculture and cattle farming. Many ethnics and marginalized groups come under the poverty line due to several social and geographical reasons. There is great progress in home-based business organizations, which has paid thousands of women to help them run their daily households and pay for schools. Young adults forced to leave Nepal for working abroad in low salary, also had received opportunities to run their own businesses in hometown. Despite the progress made in small industries, still many households in rural areas are dependent on daily wages that are very low. We are focused on providing different skill development programs such as tailoring, knitting, beekeeping, livestock and Agro-based small industries.
Nepal is located in an earthquake zone. Every 80 years we have faced deadly earthquakes. During the monsoon we have many landslides and floods that take hundreds of lives and destroy homes and shelter for our cattle. Poor people have to wait many years to rebuild their homes which might put them at risk of another monsoon. Many villages in the Eastern Flatlands are under fire every year which results in a loss of millions of properties. Once the houses are caught on fire, the houses are swept by floods or landslides, which result in poor people not affording to rebuild their homes for several years. Those families find different support groups within the country to help them rebuild their homes. Unfortunately, this isn’t enough. We also ask the global community to support rebuilding.
Safe shelter means a shelter that could last for at least 10-15 years. Safe shelters with medium safety could save people from ongoing monsoon and winter seasons. We help them find a location that excludes the risk of possible landslides and floods. We work with community leaders to find those in need of safe shelter. Many people live in homes that we call a ‘Hut’ made of local resources like straw, bamboos, and mud bricks. Such traditional houses become weak over time. We try to provide earthquake resistance shelter using the local materials to minimize the costs that would be higher than materials from outside the towns and villages.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
10.8 million people in Nepal do not have access to improved sanitation, and 3.5 million do not have access to basic water services. This means that those people living under poor sanitation, water supplies and hygiene are at a higher risk of epidemic disease such as diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, and flu-like disease. In Nepal, 20% of government schools lack quality water and sanitation facilities. 19% are lacking male and female toilets and menstrual hygiene management facilities. Our organization has focused on helping communities in rural areas with toilets and water hand pumps.
When a community is developed to rely on their traditional and refined ways of working and living, then they can come together to bring out solutions. We believe in self-sustained and aware communities. Our several attempts to improve local rural communities helped us learn more about problems and their possible solutions. We are interested in helping those communities to know their basic rights, duties, and responsibilities. Furthermore, we want to help them create community schools, safe motherhood, lasting small industries.