Education for Orphans in Nepal
Organized by: Chris Phillips
BACKGROUND: Dev and Dhana, whom I met through my work at an NGO in Nepal, run an orphanage outside Kathmandu. In addition to their own three biological children, Dev and Dhana also care for eighteen -- yes, 18! -- orphans (ages 8-19) coming from all corners of Nepal. Donations from a couple charities in France and Luxembourg almost -- *almost* -- cover their operating costs, which total about US$2,000/month. (Dhana earns about US$75/mo to handle most household chores while Dev takes no salary whatsoever for handling all the admin, although he works part-time as a labor agent to support his family.)
WHAT'S NEEDED: The new school year begins in April. Public schools in Nepal are notoriously bad, and corporal punishment is commonplace. Private education, meanwhile, affords children both safety and the opportunity to study all their subjects (except Nepali language, of course) in English, which is critical for securing a decent job when they're older.
The costs break down like this (per student in US$):
- Annual School Registration Fee = $75
- Monthly School Fees = $30/mo ($360/yr)
- Medical Fees = $10/yr
- School Uniform (inc. socks and shoes) = $60/yr
- Books = $25/yr
- Supplies (backpack, notebooks, pens, etc.) = $15/yr
- Miscellaneous = $55/yr per student
- TOTAL (per student) = $600/yr
- GRAND TOTAL (for 21 children) = $12,600/yr
WHY I'M INVOLVED: Dev and Dhana are warm, genuine people who have dedicated the past 10 years of their lives to caring for children that are not their own. If I weren't convinced of their good nature, I wouldn't volunteer my time to help them each week. The kids in their care are happy, healthy, and eager to learn.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: So, whether it's $15 for school supplies, $60 for a uniform set, or $600 to cover an entire year's worth of education costs for one student, your contribution ensures that these children, many of whom survived terrible circumstances before moving in with Dev and Dhana, will receive the quality education they deserve.
Dhanyabad (thank you)!