BENEFITING: NEPALI YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
The NYDP was started by my friend Ryan in 2007, two years after he returned from the Peace Corp in Nepal. It was officially granted 501(c3) status early in 2013.
The organization funds the education of Nepali girls who otherwise would not be able to attend school past 8th grade (operating costs are 100% covered out of pocket by Ryan and the other ex-Peace Corps volunteers who run the program). To finish high school (years 9 and 10) it costs $200 and an additional $750 for a college degree (three years). The girls supported by the program come from families that often make $1,000-$1,500 a year. It is extremely uncommon for families in these villages to send their children to higher education and even more uncommon for them to prioritize education for girls in the family.
Since it's inception, NYDP has funded the education of 15 girls, one of which has received her Masters in Education and currently supports her entire family and parents through her work teaching at a prestigious private school in Nepal (where she is the only female high school teacher at the school).
This is an extremely grass roots organization that transforms the lives of the girls they support. I spent two weeks in Nepal with Ryan in 2010 and while the country is among the poorest in the world, the people are incredibly warm and generous. The goal of this fundraiser is to raise $950 by the time I run the Seattle Marathon on December 1st - that would be enough to fund the entire high school and college education of one Nepali girl. THANK YOU!!!