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
Photo from the workshop
Photo from the workshop

Pat, the ambassador of Nepal Village Foundation, visited Nepal with her ex-pupil, Niamh. Niamh is only seventeen and Pat is a retired art teacher. They spent three weeks to inspect the project and, to motivate the girls to do better in their class. For this, we organised four workshops to meet all the 101 girls in the scheme. We began the workshop with a drawing and then played a word formation game followed by a question and answer session.

The drawing: As soon as the girls got a colouring pack, they began to draw their favourite animal, flower or art. Despite the language barrier, they drew brilliantly. The girls were treated with a toffee for their brilliant work. Drawing is not a usual activity in the local schools, but almost every household have a couple of flowers painted on their front wall as a decoration. The drawing activity worked well to eliminate much of the hesitation and, it enabled us to engage better with each other.  

The word formation game: After the drawing, we started with a word formation game. English is the weakest subject for most pupils in the local schools. Therefore, many of the girls struggled to form English words. So, we put a volunteer in each group to support the girls that helped to accelerate the game. The main purpose of the game was to teach some English words to the girls, and it did work okay.  

The question and answer: To find out about each other and about the cultures, we began with asking questions. Frequently asked questions from the girls were; what you eat in England? Do you have children? How old are you? What is your favourite colour? Do you like our village? How long will you stay in our village? Will you come back again?

By the end of these all, the girls became friendly with Pat and Niamh and, they found very difficult to leave the village. This was the first time, we spent lots time with the girls, and it truly worth doing it. Many girls from the poor families want to be a nurse and teacher. We delivered a very clear message to convince the girls that we are with you and, with you all the way. We are here to support you in whatever way we can. We also briefed them about the way everything works in the organisation and, if help is needed how and who to approach.

Niamh also mentioned to the girls that an education could open many doors for you to do whatever you want to. Girls in the community do not have a similar freedom as of boys. Overall, Pat and Niamh’s visit to the project was very productive, and it created a ‘yes we can’ environment for girls in the community. A similar visit by many other well-wishers, time to time will keep the girls motivated. It will also promote cross-culture learning.

Fundraising: 101 girls from the poorest and Dalit families are in the scheme which costing £5050 annually and, still £980 is needed to keep the girls in school for the year. If you can afford then, please sponsor a girl today. It costs only £50 to keep a girl in school for a whole year, providing uniform, study materials, school fees and support.


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Girls with new uniform
Girls with new uniform

NVF is working in partnership with Hamro Samaj Nepal for the Girls’ Education Project. The project is running in three village panchayats (Bhagawatpur, Mahadewa and Bathanaha). 3,000 families live in the panchayats with a population of just over 21,000.

We are supporting 101 girls to retrieve a formal education in these panchayats. Fourteen volunteers and one full-time project assistant is monitoring the girls to ensure that they go to school regularly.

You will be pleased to hear that 100% school enrolment has been achieved in the panchayats. It took five years of hard work, strong commitment and generous support from people across the world.

School attendance of girls in these panchayats is below 50% on average, and quality of teaching is very poor. Despite that, school attendance of the 101 girls is 80% and above. Now we aim for 90% and above over the next two years. We will also work on to improve the quality of teaching in the local schools.

Summer uniform was provided in this quarter, including of trouser, shirt, scarf, scandals and school bag to all the 101 girls. Uniform materials were purchased from a nearby wholesaler and contracted with three family tailors in the villages to stitch the uniform. The girls had a five weeks’ summer school holiday which was perfect for measuring their uniform sizes. Now, they are exposing their new uniform in school.

The new school of twenty-one girls in the scheme is far to walk so we decided to provide a bicycle. Six of the girls (Renu, Ruby, Lilam, Kabita, Nirmala and Pooja) urgently needs a bicycle. As we have raised enough funds to buy six bicycles, the girls will have a bicycle by the end of this week.

Annual cost to run the Girls’ Education Project is £5,200 excluding of the bicycle scheme, and so far, total £3,420 has been raised in this year including of online and offline. The remaining of £1,780 is needed to fund the project fully for the year.

Please sponsor a girl today. It costs only £50 to keep a girl in school for a year, providing uniform, study materials and support.

Similarly, a bicycle costs £60 in Nepal, and it enables the girl to attend school regularly leading to completion of secondary schooling. For your information, donor’s name will be written on the bicycles and a photo will be sent to the donor.


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Uniform sewing lady
Uniform sewing lady

We have a provision to provide school uniforms to the girls in the scheme. Currently, we support 101 girls most in need of schooling from the poorest families in rural villages of Nepal. The girls receive a shirt and skirt or trouser every year in July as part of the summer uniform.

We contracted with four small family-run tailors in the village to sew the uniform, and this created a job for a whole month for them. Sometimes, the tailors do not have any job for months, and they struggle to support their families. So a month packed of jobs is fantastic.

Similarly, we have also created fourteen part-time and one full-time job in the villages. The unemployment rate in rural villages of Nepal is as high as 80% and finding a job even for an educated person is extremely challenging. So, creating fifteen jobs in the communities is a significant achievement.

Last year, we spent £6000 pounds (900,000 Nepalese rupees) in the village's economy through our two main projects, the Girls' Education Project and the Mosquito Net Project. 900K rupees is lots of money in Nepal, particularly in rural villages. So when you sponsor a girl, it doesn't just keep a girl in school. It also supports the local economy and create job opportunities.

Please sponsor a girl today. It costs only £4/$6 a month.


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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 Village Foundation, UK

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