School Supplies for Students in Nepal
Organized by: Selina He
Selina He via Crowdrise
September 14, 2015
THIS FUNDRASIER HAS ENDED
$2 is all it costs to provide a student from earthquake-affected area in Nepal with necessary stationary.
Students in Nepal NEED Stationary
In the dim tiny classroom made out of wooden board and iron sheets sat 40 some elementary school students. Most had a stack of textbook in front of them but something was missing. In fact, a lot of things were missing. Where were the pencils, the pens, the rulers and the notebooks? How are these kids learning without them?
I visited many schools, stepped in many other classrooms in earthquake-affected area such as Nuwakot, Sindulpakchou and Dhalding. More than often, I found the students scribbling with a pencil stub. 2 month after the earthquake, with the help of people and organizations from all corners of the world, durable temporary classrooms were set up. And most of the students are back at school. Even in areas most affected by the earthquake. However a lot of students are struggling to buy school supplies.
$2 may not seem like much to you and I. But in Nepal, $2 is about 200 NPS. 25% of the population lives on less than 125NPS per day. Not to mention, a lot of households have lost their source of income because of the earthquake. The main focus of families is building a shelter that can withstand the ongoing monsoon and getting by. There’s no money to spare for students to buy the supplies they need for school.
“What’s your name” I squatted down to ask the girl wearing a pink tee who had been smiling me since I arrived. “Nima” She said in a very soft voice and then shyly went to hide behind her friend. As I pulled out my pencil and notebook to write down her information, Nima pointed to my pencil and then showed me her pencil. It was at most 3 inches long and so blunt I didn’t know how she could possibly write with it. She mumbled something in Nepalese and as she talked she started looking down at the floor. Her smile disappeared as well. Her sentence translated to “I used to have more pencils but earthquake took them away.”
A pencil is not just a pencil for a kid like Nima. It represents their old life. By providing them stationary, you are giving them hope. Hope that their lives will soon return to normal.
You can trust me
I’ve already raised $1600 on Tecent’s charity platform, and have started to help 800 students in Pharing and in camps near Kathmandu.
I will upload of the names of all the students helped, their grade level and their school. I will also post pictures from every distribution. All the progress made will be updated on this page.
What I’m going to purchase with your help
The need for primary school students and secondary school students are different. Using the fund, I will purchases different supplies for primary school students and secondary school students. A precise chart of supplies
For primary students (grade 1 to 5): 5 pencils, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 eraser and 9 copies.
For secondary school students (grade 6- 10):8 pens, 1 geometry box and 6 copies.
(Please go through the photos if you want to see a precise chart with pricing of all the school supplies)
From interviewing teachers and students, I learned that primary students use pencils to write while secondary school students use pens. Since teachers give out lots of homework everyday, pencils and pens tend to get used up rather fast. Geometry box are required for math as students enter higher-grade levels. Copies are like exercise books where students write down all of their homework. And students need a copy for every subject.
Where I’m going to purchase the supplies
All the purchases will be made in Nepal, in order to help Nepal’s economy. Most stationaries I plan to purchase are made in Nepal also. There’s a wholesale stationary store in Kathmandu called Shikhar Stationary Store that has promised to aid me.
How the supplies wil get distributed
I will find schools with students in need of supplies through the help of other volunteers, organizations here in Nepal.I'm currently volunteering for CFPA, an organization that has built temporay classrooms for more than 13 schools and has surveyed those schools to see if their students need school supplies. I've also met local nepalese volunteers and contacted other NGOs who have collected information about schools in earthquake affected districts.After contacting the schools and getting permission as well as the exact number of students that need supplies, I will distibute the supplies to schools with the help of the local neplaese volunteers.