Thanks to you, we shortened the path to education for 48 Nepali boys and girls in a remote, rural village of Nepal. NYF built two dormitories -- one for girls and another for boys of Gaurishankar Secondary School in Doti. The hostel, built near the high school that serves 30 villages, was limited to students who had to walk three to eight hours a day to and from school. Teachers live with the students during the week.
Life in the rugged western region of Nepal – some 500 miles from Kathmandu – is a constant struggle for survival. People lack adequate food, safe driving water, decent schools and primary health care. Travel is difficult. There are few roads and those that exist are in poor condition.
The dropout rate in Nepal is very high and even higher in rural areas. Students are not quitting because they do not want an education, but because of the long journeys, they are forced to take to get to class. Villages tend to be small – typically around 10 households in each. Since it is impossible to build a school in each village, they are constructed more or less at equal distance from the surrounding villages. As a result, some children walk as much as eight hours a day to get to and from school, trekking along dangerous trails, through dense forests and across thundering rivers. The problem is especially acute for girls, who also risk physical assault.
Local teachers, students and parents in various villages helped us to come up with a plan to build student housing – dormitories where students could stay during the week. We chose the Gaurishankar Secondary School because it serves a large population of students and is the only high school in the area that serves 30 villages.
Local villagers donated land for the project, provided volunteer labor and managed the construction work.
No more will these young people have to waste hours every day and risk their lives just to attend school. Thank you for this life-changing gift. Please look at some of our other projects on GlobalGiving and continue to support the work we do. Namaste.
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