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.
Aug 25, 2014

Getting ready to start afresh!

Devisthan School - roofing, painting
Devisthan School - roofing, painting

The summer of 2014 marks a transitional period for Educate the Children, as we are phasing out of the villages where we have worked since 2008 and into a new set of villages, farther to the north and higher up in the Himalayan foothills. (I use the word “foothills” somewhat tongue-in-cheek and in a relative sense, since more than two-thirds of the Dolakha District terrain is at or above 2,000 meters/6,400 feet in elevation!)

We could not leave, however, without completing the final school improvements in the old project area. This work will ensure a safer, more comfortable, and more attractive learning environment for thousands of children both immediately and for years to come. Since May, the work we have completed includes: 

  • At Devisthan Lower Secondary School – new roofing, painting, and ground maintenance
  • At Suryodaya Lower Secondary School – painting and new classroom furniture
  • At Kshamawati Higher Secondary School – new classroom furniture
  • At Guranse Primary School – new classroom furniture
  • At Saraswoti Vidya Mandir Primary School – plastering and painting
  • At Mahadesthan Primary School – plastering, painting, and veranda maintenance

You can see the some of the results of this work in the attached photos.

Preparing to begin doing school improvement work in new villages involves working closely with school personnel to identify the greatest and most pressing needs, as well as gathering support from parents and other community members who will be participating in the work by collecting materials and providing labor. Subject to the final decisions made in the coming weeks at a meeting of ETC personnel and all area schools’ headmasters/headmistresses, it is our plan to complete the following work by summer 2015 (some schools may receive more than one kind of assistance):

  • Fifteen schools will have plastering and painting work done
  • Six schools will receive new classroom furniture
  • Five schools will have new toilets built and grounds maintenance work done
  • Five schools will have work done to install or fix doors and windows

In our next quarterly report, we will include some photos of the specific schools in the new villages where we’ll be working during the coming fall, winter, and spring. For now, if you are interested to see typical conditions at public rural schools in this area, you can see some photos on ETC’s website at http://www.etc-nepal.org/photos4.php.

In the meantime, as always, we thank you very much for your support. We truly could not do it without you!

Child-sized tables for Guranse School
Child-sized tables for Guranse School
Suryodaya School - painting
Suryodaya School - painting

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May 27, 2014

Spring 2014 update: Better Schools in Rural Nepal

Girl in grade 2 at Manedanda PS
Girl in grade 2 at Manedanda PS
Month by month, the schools with which Educate the Children is currently working in Dolakha District, Nepal are becoming better and more appealing places for children to spend their days learning and playing!

Since the beginning of March, ETC has completed important school improvement work at 18 schools in this rural area. The work has included providing furniture and making infrastructure improvements - painting, wall plastering, window grille installation, drinking water pipe installation, and school grounds improvements.

For each school, parents, teachers, and community members have been actively involved in the work. This "community contribution" is a keystone of ETC's success: By enlisting the active support of the local residents, we know that the work we do is both welcome and useful! Community contributions for these school improvement activities have included provision and transportation to the schools of the wood and other materials; labor to install slides, window grilles, and water pipes; and painting/plastering labor.

Below is a list of what we have accomplished at each school. (Please note that PS stands for Primary School, LSS stands for Lower Secondary School, and HSS stands for Higher Secondary School.)

  1. Kshamawati HSS: 15 sets desks/benches
  2. Manedanda PS: 15 sets desks/benches, 1 playground slide
  3. Bhumeshori PS: Painting, 1 cupboard
  4. Sundrawati LSS: Painting, 1 playground slide
  5. Lamanagi LSS: 1 cupboard, 1 slide
  6. Mahadevsthan PS: 1 cupboard
  7. Bosimpa PS: 1 cupboard
  8. Saraswoti Vidya Mandir PS:  Plastering in 3 rooms
  9. Saraswati Biddyamandir PS:   1 cupboard
  10. Suryadaya LSS: 1 cupboard
  11. Majuwa PS: 1 cupboard
  12. Kalinag HSS: 1 slide
  13. Devisthan LSS: 1 slide
  14. Janata LSS: 1 slide
  15. Saraswoti PS: Grounds improvements/maintenance and construction of supporting wall, 1 cupboard
  16. Devisthan PS: Painting, installation of drinking water pipes, 1 cupboard
  17. Jagaran Bhimeshwor PS: 10 sets desks/bench, installation of window grilles,1 cupboard, 1 slide
  18. Guranse PS: 1 slide


ETC is still working to secure the community contribution commitments from parents and teachers at four or five schools, so that the remainder of the planned work can be accomplished. We will be delighted to share that progress with you in a future report. Until then, please know how grateful we are for your support in making all of this possible!

Grade 1 children at Manedanda PS
Grade 1 children at Manedanda PS
Sundrawati LSS
Sundrawati LSS
Slide installed and in high demand!
Slide installed and in high demand!
Painting and window treatments
Painting and window treatments

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Mar 11, 2014

Final project report: Sustainable Agriculture

Mankumari Thami, successful farmer!
Mankumari Thami, successful farmer!

On behalf of ETC staff and program participants, THANK YOU for supporting our Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal project! We have reached our goal of raising $7,000 to support training and resources for farmers in the Dolakha District of east central Nepal. 

Below are but a few of the accomplishments from the past several months:

  • All members of ETC women's groups (more than 840 women!) are maintaining kitchen gardens, and some are maintaining larger-scale farming operations, to feed their families better and earn more money - which in turn allows parents to send all of their children to school, instead of needing to keep some of them home due to inability to pay for books, uniforms, and fees.
  • ETC hosted a plant clinic in conjunction with the District Agriculture Development Office (regional government entity). Participants in this event included 159 farmers, who learned about soil health maintenance and pest control. The farmers brought samples of 514 pest-damaged plants (364 vegetable and spice plants, 107 fruit plants/trees, and 43 cereal crops), which were inspected by trained agricultural specialists, and effective, eco-friendly plant protection measures were discussed.
  • A total of 50 women farmers participated in two training events to learn about, and receive resources to build/improve, goat housing. Goats are very popular livestock animals in Nepal: during the past few years, ETC women's group members have taken out 201 loans from their peer-managed microcredit funds to start or expand goat-farming enterprises.
  • ETC staff distributed high-quality vegetable seeds to all women's group members and the three Agriculture in Schools clubs (total membership: 60 students, ages 10-14).

All in all, we have achieved our stated goal of enabling women farmers to produce greater quantities of nutritious food for themselves and for literally thousands of their family members and neighbors. Some women, like Mankumari Thami (see attached photo), do exceptionally well: During our last program year, she raised nearly $800 worth of crops. Compare that with the national average household income, which is about $500 annually and is generally much lower than that in rural areas, and you can see that she has been very successful indeed.

Again, we thank you very much for your support, which has made all of this possible. Please click here or on the link below to visit our other GlobalGiving project!

ETC staff member visiting a farmer in her garden
ETC staff member visiting a farmer in her garden
Plant clinic for pest control assessment
Plant clinic for pest control assessment

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