In the village of Mankhu, there is a small primary school. It's not very good and too many children drop out of school early. At Her Farm (see project #9523) we're working to keep kids in school by offering a before and after school program that helps with homework and teaches them English as well. We also started day-care and early childhood education so that women no longer have to take their children with them in the fields while they work. We educate, we feed the children good meals.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Young children are leaving school early to work on their parents farms. The school in our village does not provide a good education and parents see no reason to send their children to it. Very young children go to the fields with their mothers all day, burdening her and depriving them of early learning. Children, especially girls who fall behind in studies are more apt to leave school. Children want to learn English, older youth want to know how to use a computer but have no access.
How will this project solve this problem?
1) Our day-care provides mothers with a safe place to leave their children. They are fed well and get a head start on learning. 2) Our before and after school program provides English classes and one-on-one tutoring to help kids stay up with classmates and stay in school 3) Our internet learning center provides older youth the chance to learn about using a computer and connect to the world. In the village they are very isolated and often leave to seek jobs outside the country.
Potential Long Term Impact
We have more than 80 children in the before and after school program right now and 30 older youth learning via the internet. This can stem the huge flow of young people out of Nepal for work overseas. Parents often mortgage their farms to send children to schools in Kathmandu where they can learn English as local schools do not teach in English. Our English program eliminates the need to do that. Once children leave for Kathmandu, they seldom come back to the villages. See the PDF file attached
Total Funding Received to Date: $455
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $19,545
Total Funding Goal: $20,000