Education  Nepal Project #13972

The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal

by Nepal Village Foundation, UK
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
Beneficiaries of the project
Beneficiaries of the project

Thirty-nine girls are in secondary schooling through this project and they are attending school regularly. Two of the girls have taken their final school (GCSE) exam a month ago and now they are waiting for the result.

We found out that most girls from poor and Dalit families in rural Nepal dropout of schooling when they reached to secondary schooling.

Hence, we started the girls’ education project in Nepal few years ago. Through the project we encourage girls to attend school regularly and provide support that includes study materials and uniform.

We started with 21 girls from a village panchayat in Saptari district of Nepal. Now, we support 101 girls from three village panchayats in the district. We also work with twelve local schools and 850 families in the panchayats. The enclosed trustees’ annual report provides more details. Trustees' Annaul Report 2015-16

To sponsor a girl costs only £4 a month or $6 US dollars.

Many more girls in rural villages of Nepal are in a desperate need of our support.

Please sponsor a girl today.  

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The strikes in Nepal is still ongoing and it is unlikely that it will end soon. People’s life is severely affected across the country. Basic supplies such as gas and medicine are stilled blocked by the protesters. However, schools and some local businesses are allowed to open in the mornings. So our girls are back to school with some cautions.


We provided a sweater, pair of shocks and slippers to all the girls in the scheme because it is winter in Nepal and its pretty cold in the mornings and evenings. So, our girls were struggling to go to school in cold without sufficient clothes. More information about this activity will be included in the next report.


The extra tuition classes that we have been providing to every girl in the scheme during the closure of schools is now limited to girls in secondary school only. This is because very few girls from poor and Dalit families are reaching to final year of secondary school in the community. Poor quality of teaching in schools, comparatively behind in study and unable to afford extra tuition support are some of the reasons behind this. We are hopeful that this will help those girls to reach to the final year of secondary school and further on.


In summary, we are supporting 101 girls from the poorest of the poor and Dalit families in the three panchayats through this project and 19 of the girls are in secondary school. Total annual cost to keep these girls in school is £4,545 (on average £45 per girl per year). We have raised £8,261 from GlobalGiving since we have started to fundraise in June 2013. On average £2,754 per year which is not sufficient to support all the girls in the scheme.


In order to support all the girls, we need at least 40 supporters to back up this project by giving £4/$6 per month or £45/$70 annually. Please sponsor a girl today by giving regularly. To give regularly, please look out for ‘monthly recurring’ on the project page at GlobalGiving or visit our website (nvf.org.uk).


Thank you for believing in our project and your support


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Nepal adopted a new constitution recently and people of the Terai are unhappy with it. So, they are agitating since the adoption of the constitution for their political rights to be amended in the constitution. This is over three months by now and there is no sign of when this will end. Schools, offices and businesses are closed and the general life is severely affected. Some of the pictures from the agitation:

The girls in the scheme will not progress in their study in these circumstances and there is no sign when the schools will re-open. So, we decided to provide tuition classes in the mornings and evenings until the schools re-open. It costs Nepalese Rupees 300 (£1.90) per girl, per month. We have 101 girls in the scheme so an estimated £770 will be spent on this activity. We are hopeful that this will keep the girls motivated and progressive in their study.

For a small charity like us, £770 is a lot of money and this wasn’t budgeted or planned. With your support and generosity 101 girls from the poorest of the poor families in rural Nepal are being educated. Please donate whatever you can afford towards this unexpected expense. Your support is appreciated.

The NVF team also wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


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Girls in the scheme at the AGM in Nepal
Girls in the scheme at the AGM in Nepal

The Girl’s Education Project (2014-2015)

We started the project from Bhagawatpur village panchayat and were providing the support to 21 girls only but now we are working with three village panchayats (Bhagawatpur, Mahadeva and Bathanaha) in Saptari district and providing the support to 91 girls.

This is what we have achieved during the year;

  • 91 girls are in the scheme
  • 81% of girls are attending school regularly comparing with last year’s 68% only
  • 38 girls completed primary schooling
  • 2 girls completed lower secondary schooling
  • 14 Volunteers who are local people monitoring the girls in the scheme
  • We are working with 12 government schools in the panchayats

Note: Regular schooling is 75% of school days or above, primary schooling (5-11 years) and lower secondary (11-14 years).

We believe, more local volunteers monitoring the girls locally and frequent family visits are the main contributing factors for this improvement. School dropout rate for girls in the community is also high and irregular schooling is one of the factors. Therefore NVF aims to achieve a 95% or above attendance in the years ahead.

Considering the number of people benefiting from the project’s activity and the money spent during the year, NVF is one of the most efficient UK based organisation working overseas. You should feel great to support such an organisation.

We encourage a donation of £4 a month which will keep a girl in school for a whole year.

[NVF’s Trustees annual report for the year 2014- 2015 will be available to read soon at http://www.nvf.org.uk/news-and-reports ]

Girls from the scheme at their school
Girls from the scheme at their school
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The deadliest earthquake (7.8 magnitudes) on the 25th of April and a major aftershock (7.3 magnitudes) on the 12th of May took more than 8,600 lives and demolished over 756,000 houses, schools and monuments in Nepal. People of Nepal are traumatized and many more aftershocks are still being experienced. Many families in the heavily affected area have abandoned their home and sleeping under tent. Schools, government offices and businesses are still closed.

Even though ministry of education have decided to reopen schools from the 31st of May, it is hard to say when schools will reopen in the heavily affected areas. Our project is based in Bhagawatpur, Mahadewa and Bathanaha panchayats which is in Saptari district, south of Nepal and luckily this part of Nepal did not experienced any major damage to houses. Apart from schools, businesses are as usual with caution.

However, people are in a massive trauma, particularly children across the country. Many scream in sleep 'earthquake came…run for life, earthquake came…run for life'. Even I feel like the earth is shaking all the time when sitting on sofa or lying on bed. Pupils are scared and they do not want to be away from their family. So it is very hard to bring them back to school.

From 28th of April until 18th of May, I have been working non-stop with the girls in the scheme in the three village panchayats to develop confidence in them so they can return to school. I did make some progresses but the 7.3 magnitudes aftershock made it worse. Today is my last day in Nepal so I can't be on the field anymore. But I have trained some volunteers to continue the work and they are in the field. I will also support them through phone calls and email from UK. 

Nepal is on its knees and we are working extra hard to bring the girls back into school but this involves unplanned expenses which will put the organization on financial pressure. So, please support us in this difficult time by donating whatever you can afford.

Best wishes

Scared and traumatized face of Pabitra, a project
Scared and traumatized face of Pabitra, a project
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Nepal Village Foundation, UK

Location: London, England - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Krit Sharma
London, England United Kingdom
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