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May 1, 2017

Education Vs Marriage in Nepal

Interaction with pupils and parents
Interaction with pupils and parents

School attendance of the girls in the scheme has gradually improved in the last two months. In fact, it was the best since 2009. All the girls except five attended school eighty percent of the school days and above. The five girls have some complicated family issues, and we are working on it. People in the community do not give priority to education for girls, especially in rural villages of Nepal.

Once girls are fourteen, their parents start searching a suitable groom because the parents believe that they have to do so. If the parents failed to find a groom for their daughter, then it affects their social status in the community. More importantly, if the parents died before it, then it’s a sin. Girls and boys, more particularly girls in the community are not allowed to choose their own partner. It is a responsibility of parents and, the parents negotiate for a large sum of wealth from marriage. It is known as dowry and Bride side pays to Groom side.

Girls in the community have to pass through a very critical stage when they are aged between 14 and 16 years. It is a decision-making stage for life. One of the five girls in our education scheme is at that stage, and her name is Nilam. If Nilam goes with her parent’s decision, then it is an end to her education career. If she doesn’t then she is a bad girl and, it is seen as a bad parenting in the community.

If Nilam parents do permit her to continue her education, then her school is too far to walk. At age fourteen pupils in Nepal start their secondary schooling, and secondary schools are few and far. It is certain that if she doesn’t go to school regularly, then she will lose an interest and end up working in the home which ultimately leads to marring someone as soon as.

Very few lucky girls get an opportunity to continue their education after marriage because their new role demands more than she can manage. So, she won’t have time to study. After marriage, Nilam more probably will work non-stop from early morning till late night in her new home. Cooking, washing, working in the field, looking after cattle, taking care of her husband and his parents, it’s all her job.

By now we understand the issue clearly and concisely, therefore, NVF has set up a priority frame-work, where to put more focus, how and when. There are eleven girls in a very similar situation to Nilam. If we want them to continue attending school regularly, then a bicycle is an immediate need. This will enable them to attend school regularly and minimise the risk to getting married soon. Schooling for the year has already begun from 12th of April, and we are still unable to provide a bicycle for the girls. A bicycle costs only £60/$90 in Nepal. Please buy a bicycle today. Link to the bicycle project on GlobalGiving is-

If you can please also sponsor a girl, it costs only £50/$75 a year, providing uniform, study materials, fees and all the support.  


Apr 2, 2017


New bicycle for the girls in H. secondary school
New bicycle for the girls in H. secondary school

Two of the girls have taken their final school year exam. The main aim of the Girl’s Education Project is to get girls through the final year of schooling. The Bicycle Project is a supplementary project of the Education Project. Hence, the two bicycles will be passed on to the girls reaching to higher secondary school if their school is far to walk.

Our record shows that eleven girls from the Education Project are in grade eighth that means the eleven girls will go to higher secondary from 15th of April 2017. Classes in the new year usually start from 21st of April. So basically, we need further bicycles in less four-week time.

Binita, Janki, Ramita, Ranjita, Lilam, Murti, Manisha, Sandhiya, Ahuliya, Nitu and Sunita are the girls will start their secondary schooling in this April. All the girls are from the poorest of the poor and Dalit families, therefore they will depend on us to provide a bicycle so that they can go to school regularly.

Currently, one-hundred and one girl are receiving our support through the Education Project and, we aim to provide a bicycle to twenty-one girls in total. But so far, we have been able to provide only ten bicycles. Hence, we need eleven more bicycles.

A bicycle costs only $90 in Nepal. If you can afford to spare cost to a bicycle, then please support us to support the girls. We appreciate your generosity. More information about the Girls’ Education Project at -


Jan 29, 2017

Pat and Niamh in Nepal

Photo from the workshop
Photo from the workshop

Pat, the ambassador of Nepal Village Foundation, visited Nepal with her ex-pupil, Niamh. Niamh is only seventeen and Pat is a retired art teacher. They spent three weeks to inspect the project and, to motivate the girls to do better in their class. For this, we organised four workshops to meet all the 101 girls in the scheme. We began the workshop with a drawing and then played a word formation game followed by a question and answer session.

The drawing: As soon as the girls got a colouring pack, they began to draw their favourite animal, flower or art. Despite the language barrier, they drew brilliantly. The girls were treated with a toffee for their brilliant work. Drawing is not a usual activity in the local schools, but almost every household have a couple of flowers painted on their front wall as a decoration. The drawing activity worked well to eliminate much of the hesitation and, it enabled us to engage better with each other.  

The word formation game: After the drawing, we started with a word formation game. English is the weakest subject for most pupils in the local schools. Therefore, many of the girls struggled to form English words. So, we put a volunteer in each group to support the girls that helped to accelerate the game. The main purpose of the game was to teach some English words to the girls, and it did work okay.  

The question and answer: To find out about each other and about the cultures, we began with asking questions. Frequently asked questions from the girls were; what you eat in England? Do you have children? How old are you? What is your favourite colour? Do you like our village? How long will you stay in our village? Will you come back again?

By the end of these all, the girls became friendly with Pat and Niamh and, they found very difficult to leave the village. This was the first time, we spent lots time with the girls, and it truly worth doing it. Many girls from the poor families want to be a nurse and teacher. We delivered a very clear message to convince the girls that we are with you and, with you all the way. We are here to support you in whatever way we can. We also briefed them about the way everything works in the organisation and, if help is needed how and who to approach.

Niamh also mentioned to the girls that an education could open many doors for you to do whatever you want to. Girls in the community do not have a similar freedom as of boys. Overall, Pat and Niamh’s visit to the project was very productive, and it created a ‘yes we can’ environment for girls in the community. A similar visit by many other well-wishers, time to time will keep the girls motivated. It will also promote cross-culture learning.

Fundraising: 101 girls from the poorest and Dalit families are in the scheme which costing £5050 annually and, still £980 is needed to keep the girls in school for the year. If you can afford then, please sponsor a girl today. It costs only £50 to keep a girl in school for a whole year, providing uniform, study materials, school fees and support.

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