Nepal is a small country of 29 million people, situated on the top of the world. The mountainous terrain of the land presents tremendous challenges for socioeconomic development. In 2015 Nepal ranked 144th in the UN Human Development Index. The country has also been suffering from consequences of the earthquakes in 2015, which left more than 50% of the population with destroyed homes, and displaced hundreds of thousands of families, many pushed into poverty as a result of the catastrophe.
The school system is basic and remains plagued by high dropout rates. Most children that drop out of school come from impoverished households, and are often forced to quit school in order to help their families with farming work. Also, the education of girls is still not seen as a priority in some rural households and child marriage is a relatively common practice. According to Human Rights Watch, 40% of girls in Nepal marry before age 18.
We are working for a world where girls are empowered to stay in school and out of marriage. Our mission is to help end child marriage providing life-supporting resources and education for girls in the Dhading district in Nepal. (see pictures above)
The Dhading district has poor development infrastructures like roads, electricity, and others. The district statistic shows only 39% of the population has access to clean drinking water and only small percentages of them have sanitary toilets. Most of the population works on subsistent agriculture and has low income for basic livelihood. It is commonly observed that a large percentage of the youth populations are unemployed.
The way to help their development is to invest in education. But even public schools are expensive for low-income households. Although the current constitution guarantees every citizen the right to "free education up to secondary level, from the state" in reality, many parents are still required to pay school fees and cover expenses such as books, teaching materials and uniforms.
Help us help these families to create a better future!
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