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Finish Strong/Jump-Start! Support Nepal's Families

by Educate the Children
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Finish Strong/Jump-Start! Support Nepal's Families
Finish Strong/Jump-Start! Support Nepal's Families
Finish Strong/Jump-Start! Support Nepal's Families
Finish Strong/Jump-Start! Support Nepal's Families
Finish Strong/Jump-Start! Support Nepal's Families
Finish Strong/Jump-Start! Support Nepal's Families
Finish Strong/Jump-Start! Support Nepal's Families
Finish Strong/Jump-Start! Support Nepal's Families
Finish Strong/Jump-Start! Support Nepal's Families
Celebrating International Literacy Day in Lapilang
Celebrating International Literacy Day in Lapilang

First things first: ETC wants to offer another huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported this Finish Strong/Jump-Start project back on Giving Tuesday. We raised more than $13,000 including incentive funds for this project alone, on that one day alone - representing a top 1% finish among all eligible projects!

There's still time to make a year-end gift! Your generosity makes such an important difference in the lives of rural Nepal's women and their families. Below are just a couple of examples:

1) Earlier in the program cycle, we offered literacy and numeracy training for more than 800 women. Since then, we've been offering many opportunities for them to keep up their newly gained skills - including the creation of several Community Learning Centers (combination libraries + meeting spaces) and numerous trainings/workshops on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship and agriculture. One particularly fun way in which we celebrate the importance of literacy is through our annual International Literacy Day activities. International Literacy Day is also National Education Day in Nepal. ETC's women's group members come together to sing and dance, read poems and tell stories, and play games. They are justifiably proud of all they have accomplished, and pleased to have the opportunity to celebrate it with their family, friends, and neighbors!

2) Poultry farming is very popular among our women's group members. Chickens and ducks are relatively easy to care for and provide protein in the form of eggs and meat, and also enable the women to improve their families' financial situations significantly. Forty-five women who participated in one of ETC's poultry management training opportunities earlier in 2019 have been able to sell their poultry for an average of more than $150 each, which in many cases represents an increase of 25%, 30%, or more in annual household income. Earning more money means that they can get out of cyclical debt (or not get into it in the first place), can pay for their children's tuition and for family medical expenses, and can live better and healthier lives overall. 

All of this and much more is possible because of you, our friends and supporters. We thank you once again and wish you all the best for the new year.

Krishna Maya and her poultry
Krishna Maya and her poultry


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ETC ag specialist Kumar Pahari advising Rama Thami
ETC ag specialist Kumar Pahari advising Rama Thami

Thanks so much for supporting ETC's "Finish Strong/Jump-Start!" project via GlobalGiving.

As you know, we are in the final year of a six-year program cycle in Dolakha District. Our cycle-end goal as always is to have established a very strong foundation of skills, knowledge, and resources upon which residents can continue to build better lives for themselves indefinitely, after ETC has begun working in a new geographic area. 

Here's just one way in which we are working to achieve this goal: by teaching women to cultivate certain specialty, high-value, and high-nutrtition crops that were not previously typical of the region but can do very well there. In this case, it's mushrooms.

Mushrooms are a very low-fat, low-carb, high-nutrition food that is relatively easy to cultivate - once you know how! With training and starter resources such as bags, spores, etc., mushrooms can be harvested multiple times per year. Depending on the variety, they are rich in various B vitamins, Vitamin D, and antioxidants, and even have some protein. 

During the first half of 2019, ETC trained and provided starter resources for 31 women from five women's groups in Lamidanda. Participants worked cooperatively to build 25 cultivation tunnels. The 31 women had already earned an average of $50 each as of the end of June, and in rural Nepal, $50 is a very significant sum of money. Best of all, these new skills and knowledge don't expire or wear out - they can be used indefinitely.

For more information about ETC's activities and other Nepal-related issues, please follow us on social media! On Facebook, we are @EducateTheChildrenNepal (or click here); on Instagram and Twitter, we are @ETC_Nepal. We post every Tuesday and we promise not to clutter your feed!

Thank you again for your interest in and support of our work. We truly could not do it without you.

Starting kanye (oyster) mushroom cultivation
Starting kanye (oyster) mushroom cultivation
A mushroom cultivation tunnel
A mushroom cultivation tunnel
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Educate the Children

Location: Ithaca, NY - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @ETC_Nepal
Project Leader:
Lisa Lyons
Executive Director
Ithaca, NY United States
$17,108 raised of $30,000 goal
118 donations
$12,892 to go
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