Educate the Children

Educate the Children works with women and children in Nepal to improve health, welfare, and self-sufficiency by building skills that families can pass down to later generations. Focusing on the poorest of the poor by working strategically through women's groups, schools, and agriculture groups, Educate the Children develops a comprehensive community presence, gaining an extraordinary level of local participation and trust.

Educate the Children
P.O. Box 414
Ithaca, NY 14851
United States
(607) 272-1176
http://www.etc-nepal.org

President, Board of Directors

Elisabeth Prentice

Management Team

Lisa Lyons, Teresa Sawester, Mira Rana, Laxmi Basukala, Neela Malla, Anjoo Singh, Chandi Shrestha

Board of Directors

Elisabeth Prentice, Melvin Goldman, Peter Fritts, Bal Gopal Baidya

Project Leaders

Lisa Lyons

Mission

Educate the Children works with women and children in Nepal to improve health, welfare, and self-sufficiency by building skills that families can pass down to later generations. Focusing on the poorest of the poor by working strategically through women's groups, schools, and agriculture groups, Educate the Children develops a comprehensive community presence, gaining an extraordinary level of local participation and trust.

Programs

Our integrated community development (ICD) program model has three components: 1. Women's Empowerment: Through their participation in ETC-sponsored women's groups, women become literate, learn basic business skills such as handling money and keeping records, learn to establish their own small businesses to help support their families, and gain a stronger sense of self-worth and empowerment. ETC is presently supporting 42 women's groups with more than 850 members. Each member of a women's group also receives a scholarship for one child to attend school. In this way, we reach across generations to ensure that the family will never again be illiterate or unable to earn a living. 2. Children's Education: ETC covers the costs of tuition, uniforms, and supplies for children who would not otherwise be able to attend school. We also improve schools by training teachers in best practices; launching kindergarten programs; providing classroom supplies such as educational games, maps, charts, and musical instruments; and making physical improvements to the buildings, including ensuring the availability of clean drinking water. Currently, 26 schools and many hundreds of children are benefiting from ETC's involvement. 3. Agricultural Development: ETC training and resources improve nutrition and increase families' incomes. Kitchen gardens are relatively inexpensive to start and maintain, can include vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals year-round, and can be grown in very small spaces. Small-scale farming and livestock businesses enhance the nutrition of entire communities and contribute significantly to families' incomes for many years. All women's group participants start kitchen gardens, and many are able eventually to start small agribusinesses. ETC works intensively in a predefined geographic area for a six-year period, providing training and resources as well as helping local residents develop the leadership skills and confidence that will enable them to manage the activities without external help. After five years, ETC begins to phase out our involvement; by the end of the sixth year, the programs are fully managed and supported by local residents, and we move to another region whose local leaders and residents are seeking our services.

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Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2013: $217,500
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $320,511
  • Other funding sources: 25% from individuals in the form of sponsorships 10% via workplace giving campaigns (CFC, United Way) 5% from foundations 60% from individuals in the form of general donations
  • Religious Affiliation: none
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