Greetings from Kathmandu, Nepal where I've just come to after spending over a month in the village. We have three girls in the village totally outfitted now with uniforms and school supplies. These three are at extremely high risk for leaving school early and at high risk for trafficking. Their mother left these children with their grandfather who is financially in no position to provide for them. Their father is dead and with the mother refusing to support them, they are at above average risk of being taken out of school, due to the costs involved in educating them. Nepal has one of the highest rates of human trafficking on earth and it's girls just like them, the ones without solid families, who are most at-risk.
There are a lot more young girls who face this problem and need our help to keep them in school. We estimate that in this one village alone, up to 20 girls are from families so poor that providing uniforms and school supplies is beyond their ability. Those 20 girls may well be left out of school beyond the 5th grade. In this village, the local school only goes to grade 5. After that, the children have to attend a larger school, a full hours walk downhill in another town. That school has strict requirements for uniforms, shoes, school backpacks and etc. There's a very real possibility that once they finish class five in the local village, they will be kept home to cook, clean and ultimately become childhood brides.
Another step we've recently taken is to open a before and after school tutoring program in conjunction with our GlobalGiving project entitled Her Farm. Please see the video link about it. As families value girls education less, it's easier for them to fall behind in studies and when that happens, they frequently elect to leave school.
Working with Orchid Garden Nepal (see Stop Making Paper Orphans of Nepal Children) we sent some young women from the village for training. Orchid Garden has a remarkable program for education and we intend to replicate their success in the village. We now have tutors to help those children who are falling behind in studies. Watch GlobalGiving for a new project from us soon dedicated to that program as well.
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