Gaurishankar School in rural Western Nepal serves more than 30 villages, and some children walk as far as 20 miles (32 km) every day to get to the school. They must walk on steep trails and cross dangerous rivers. Because they spend up to eight hours a day walking, they don't have enough time to study, and often fall behind academically. As a result of this, as well as the difficult journey, many children in the area drop out of school. Over 40% of children in Nepal drop out by 5th grade.
NYF plans to build the Grandparenting Homes, two dormitories at Gaurishankar school: one for 24 boys and one for 24 girls from the most distant villages. The students, parents and teachers of the school agree that this is the school's greatest need.
The dormitories will give countless students access to education over the years, and will reduce the school drop-out rate in the area. Gaurishankar School will manage the dormitories, making the project of constructing them sustainable.