The biggest challenges in primary education of Nepal is high repetition and dropout rates (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization[UNESCO], 2011- 012), where around half of the children who join school in grade one do not complete primary school and one of the main reasons is their poverty. Nepal is the country where 44% of the people are in multidimensional poverty (United Nations Development Programme [UNDP], 2013). Most of the parents cannot afford to fulfill children’s basic needs. For instance, they cannot buy food, clothes and other basic required things like books and stationery. Because of poverty and lack of awareness, they don't even send their children to school regularly. In addition to this, there are so many children in Nepal who have lost their family during the natural disaster like earthquake that occurred in April, 2015 and humanly created tragedy like civil war that lasted for more than a decade in the country.
Therefore, 'The Nepal Project: One Team One Dream' wants to support at least 40-50 children in the near future who are orphaned during the civil war and the earthquake incident or whose parents are too poor to look after them. Also, the priorities will be given to the children who come from so called lower caste families and disadvantaged ethnic groups, who have been poor from generation to generation and who have never been able to lift their social and economic standard because of their poverty and social discrimination. In collaboration with the parents and a community school which is running under the government schooling system, we want to work on establishing a home for the kids in a remote villages of Nepal. The homeless children ( who are now staying with their relatives or who roam around in the streets and are fed by the neighbours) will get a new home and apart from it, the children who stay with their parents and are studying in the same school will also be benefited in many ways. We want to support the school by buying books for the children to read, establishing and managing a library and conducting teacher training in the school to ensure better teaching learning facility there. Parent education is another important aspect. That would make the parents start sending their children to school regularly, will send some food in a lunch box ( generally children stay hungry whole day in the school) and look after cleanliness of their children, their home and toilets ( which are generally dirty and not used properly in many villages of Nepal). For long-term financial self-sustainability of this project, we will explore other opportunities like planting crops/ vegetables, coffee, tea or any seasonal fruits. We will seek community support ( including parents) for this purpose. The poor parents, whose children are given care, shelter, food and education in the new home (residential building), will contribute from their side giving few hours for the school and they will be paid for that. For instance, they will participate in the curriculum based activities such as helping children learn how to plant millet/rice, how to make a basket, etc. The idea is, the parents can be given an opportunity to transfer their knowledge and skills to the school children. They will be groomed and motivated to have a feeling that they should work together with the school team to achieve one dream, i.e. better and brighten their children's future. Overall, such parent-school collaboration is a rare phenomenon in Nepalese schools context, and therefore 'The Nepal Project: One Team One Dream' has aimed to set a good example in a community school by bridging the gap between the parents and school.
What we have already started doing so far...
'The Nepal Project: One Team One Dream' has already started supporting seven children and their families from Dolakha. The project is committed to provide the children with a long term support for their food and education until they complete their high school.
was the centre of earthquake and uncountable waves of quakes in the year 2014. More than 90% of the houses are destroyed in that district. This is a mountainous district of Janakpur Zone in
the Central Development Region of Nepal. It takes around 6 hours by but to reach Dolakha from Kathmandu. It is a beautiful village from where we can view several beautiful mountains including Mt
Gauri Shankar ( 7,146 m).