Young child at work
I would like to share with you a story about Sujan (not his real name) who is just 14. He should be living with his family and spending his days at school. Instead, he’s forced to live alone, miles from his loved ones, and work 12 hour days doing manual labour for meagre pay.
In Nepal, the one ticket to a brighter future is education, but Sujan is trapped in a cycle of labour and poverty, unable to even write his own name. This is the reality for countless children in Nepal. Forced out of school and into work in order to support their families, they are vulnerable to harrowing levels of abuse and deprivation. Across Nepal, 1 in 4 of the poorest children are not in school.
But there is hope for children like Sujan. Our Boosting Learning course, designed specifically for street or working children, focuses on improving basic literacy and numeracy, with practical applications which make a real difference to their daily lives. Those who take this course see a dramatic improvement in reading and comprehension skills, as well as marked changes in confidence and self-belief.
After meeting Sujan, Kidasha was able to find a place for him on one of these courses. He said:
“I really enjoyed going to classes. The teacher taught us really well and I was able to learn practical things, like how to write a customer bill, fill in an application form, or do measurements. Before, I was embarrassed in work as I didn’t know how to do simple things, but now I can talk to customers and take on more responsibility.”
Sujan is now working towards a promotion in his job and is planning for his future with more hope and confidence. Just 40 hours of education has helped change the shape of what’s to come for him.
In 2018, we want to provide even more of Nepal’s children with the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty, but we need your donations. With your help, this Christmas, we can help more children like Sujan.
On behalf of everyone at Kidasha, thank you for any support you can give.
The Kidasha Team