Building a Future for EDUC Nepal - Student Sponsorship
Organized by: Justin Riele
Welcome to EDUC, a school that provides free education for impoverished children living in the squatters’ area of Kathmandu, Nepal. In addition to educational classes, the students at EDUC school are given lunch every day, clean drinking water, ongoing support from the staff team, uniforms, books, haircuts and baths as well as dental and health check-ups when required. All of this is provided free of charge to the children and their families. The students are aged three to 12 years old and are nurtured by the staff to become bright, eager learners who stay at EDUC for a few years until they are ready to join a mainstream school through education sponsorship.
How did EDUC start?
EDUC was started in 2002 by Nepali brother and sister team Keshari (Principal) and Bishnu (Chairman) after noticing that the children in the nearby Basundhara slum district were not attending school, instead often begging on the streets or staying in their homes all day. Keshari, a teacher of 29 years, left her job in a government school and decided to create a place for these underprivileged children to learn and gain an opportunity for a brighter future. EDUC runs entirely on the generosity of Bishnu and Keshari’s local friends and family. The school has no donors. There are currently around 60 students, a number that is rapidly growing and includes a number of families from village regions who have fled to Kathmandu for safety after the recent devastating earthquakes.
So, what’s the issue?
After successful fundraising over the past several years, the school has now leased a block of land at the front of the current school and is almost finished with their new school building - a bigger, earthquake-proof school building for the incredible staff and students of EDUC. This has long been the dream of Keshari and Bishnu.
How can I help?
Many students are still lacking sponsorship, and we are actively seeking out individuals who are willing to sponsor a child's education. For just a $150 USD donation, your funds will go directly towards for a child at EDUC. Please follow the links on this page. YYou can also help by spreading the word about EDUC! The school and kids need your help.