Nestled between India and China, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia. Most of people in Nepal struggle to meet basic human needs. Nepal ranks 144, among 182 nations around the world, in 2009 UNDP Human Development Index. Almost 40% of Nepal’s population is considered as extremely poor. People in Nepal lack access to education, health care, roads, electricity and clean drinking water.
Sarvodaya’s holistic development program began in Nepal in 2008. Sarvodaya Nepal, a locally registered non-profit, promotes holistic and sustainable human development. Currently, Sarvodaya Nepal works with communities in in Lalitpur district. Our programs are focused on education, micro-enterprise development, and empowerment of people and communities.
Featured Project: A Teacher’s Salary Helps 300 Children in Nepal
Shikharpa, a community of ethnic group called Nagarkoti, receives governtment support for a school up to fifth grade. Currently, about 300 children study in the school. When they complete primary education, in the village, they have very limited choices. Some children continue education at a private school. However, most children, whose parents survive on subsistence farming, drop out. In collaboration with community, Sarvodaya has enabled the school to offer education up to the eighth grade.
They project pays for a salary of a teacher. In addition to our contributions, community members raise funds locally, which has helped hire four teachers and increase the classrooms at the school to the eighth grade.
Access to Education
Kabita and 40 other students in similar circumstances receive free education at Jyotidaya School. The school provides affordable and quality education for many other students.
Shramadana: The Gift of Labor
In 2009 alone, over a million people participated in shramadana activities benefitting almost two million of their fellow Sri Lankans. Similar efforts are building community spirit and capacities in Nepal.
Their choice: either trek fours hours or no school. Your choice …?
Sarita Tamang, 13, is the first girl in her family to go to school. She might not have an option to complete even secondary education, however. She studies in grade seven in her village in Nepal, about 45 miles southwest of Kathmandu.