It has been over a year now since COVID-19 restrictions have been negatively affecting our students, who already face so many obstacles. While most schools had resumed classes by the end of 2020, Nepal is again facing lockdowns and school closures with rising case numbers and a second wave on the horizon. And with issues of school dropout, trafficking, and child marriage on the rise in our communities here, it’s more important than ever to keep supporting the at-risk children in our program. For now, all of our RESP students are very happy to be back in school and continuing their studies. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve continued to visit and speak on the phone with each of our students, making sure that they have everything they need to be safe, continue their studies, and stay hopeful for the future.
In mid January, our HCC Nepal staff travelled to three places in the rural, mountainous Dhading district to meet with students - some of them for the first time since the pandemic shutdowns. During this trip, our staff was able to meet 44 students and their guardians and teachers. We distributed scholarship funds for the year, warm winter clothes and school stationery supplies, as well as extra COVID-19 relief support, personal care items, and toys for enjoyment. The stationary, winter clothes, personal care products, and toys were prepared by HCC’s highschool students in Kathmandu into nice gift packages for each child to receive.
As a team, we are enjoying our work helping children who are in similar positions to what we once faced and being role models for them. We feel like we are making positive changes in the lives of these children and in our country, and we are grateful for that opportunity. Thank you everyone for making this possible through all your hard work and dedication to support this noble cause.
Thank you to everyone who has helped our program to sustain. Because of you, we are able to reach out to the students who are in need and help them to deal with the problems that they face. The students in our program feel more secure knowing that they have our support. They know that we are always only a phone call and a bus ride away, that we understand what they are going through, and that we are here to help them succeed and reach their potential. With each visit, we become closer with our students, and are better able to help them succeed and reach their full potential.
RESP Scholarship Distribution Program:Provided yearly amounts of support for the students in the Lower Dhading, Katunge and Upper Dhading.
HCC Higher EducationScholarship Orientation:We oriented and provided counseling to grade 10 and above RESP students about the HCC Higher Education Scholarship Program. We also handed application forms and encouraged them to go through it and fill out the form and send it to us.
Books and Stationaries:We provided stationery items such as packs of pencils, pens, pencil colors, erasers, sketch books, copies and rulers to all students to help them in academic performance.
Warm winter clothes: Considering the winter season and cold weather, we provided a pair of warm socks, woolen cap, muffler, tracksuit, undergarments, and handkerchief for each child in Dhading.This will help children to stay warm and go to school.
Personal Hygiene:We provided personal hygiene items such as cold cream, soap, hair oil, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair comb, vaseline cream, lipcare, masks and sanitizer.
Individual written update, photos and videos:We interviewed all the students to know about their present situation, school update, way of living and the things that they learned during the lockdown. The main purpose of interviewing the student were to:
- Assess the well-being, academic progress, and household conditions of each child
- Ensuring that HCC funds are being used properly (i.e. for the care and education of the child)
- Collecting useful long-term data (qualitative and quantitative) to assess the efficacy of the RESP program;
- Collecting useful information and updated photos to share with sponsors.
*Seema is currently studying in Grade.9. She is a hardworking and determined student. Currently she lives in a school hostel along with other HCC students. She is the oldest of all the HCC students living at the hostel, and she helps to take care of the younger children. Seema and the other HCC students at the school were able to continue their studies this year, despite the lockdowns and school closures, because of your support. Seema is a loving and caring older sister.
Last month the school conducted an English Debate Competition and she stood on 3rd position. This is amazing, as she did not speak English before HCC began supporting her education 5 years ago. She is a top ranking student in her 9th grade class and in her first terminal examination she secured 3.65 GPA! We are so happy to see Seema’s academic and extracurricular achievements.
*Meena is 12 years old and is currently studying in Grade.7. She is excellent in her academic performance and also active in extracurricular activities. She stands in 1st position in her class, and we are so proud of her for this! Her favorite subject in her school is Science. She is also a very good singer, and enjoys singing at school events and community gatherings.
The pandemic was not easy for her, and she was disappointed and frustrated to be out of school for so long. Nonetheless, Meena was able to engage herself in meaningful activities such as helping her family in the village with household chores, reading story books, drawing and coloring, playing with dolls and jumping rope, and exploring nearby areas with her friends. But she missed her school and friends badly. These days, she is happy and excited to go to her school. It has already been 5 months since her school opened, and she is attending her classes regularly.
*names has been changed