Since 1984, Nepal Youth Foundation has provided scholarships to children living in Nepal’s remote rural villages to attend school – a difficult undertaking for both the students and NYF field workers who monitor their progress.
Forty-one students – 17 girls and 24 boys – received NYF funding through the Village Scholarship program during 2012-2013 to cover the cost of school uniforms, fees and supplies. Thirteen students took the School Leaving Certificate exam this summer – a test all Nepali students must take to move on to college – and five passed the rigorous exam. One student dropped out of the program and the rest of the children are finishing their schooling.
These students are among the most poor and marginalized children in Nepal. They often drop out of school, and girls marry young. Many cannot complete their education because they need to work to support their families.
The program is challenging to operate because students are scattered throughout the countryside in remote villages. Our field workers must visit the schools regularly to check on the children and to see how the schools are functioning. To do the job, they walk the mountain paths of isolated rural areas, sometimes ten hours a day.
Their efforts are often rewarded. Many students receive a new start in life though of the gift of an education. Sushant, a bright and hardworking tenth-grader, is such a student. He is from one of the poorest and most HIV affected villages in Nepal and he lost his father to AIDS. He himself is HIV-positive, as well as his mother and his sister.
Despite these hardships, Sushant is the top student in his class and is a top athlete. He will take the School Leaving Certificate examination next summer and hopes to become a medical doctor.
Thank you for making the gift of education possible for Sushant and others like him.
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