Educating girls creates a ripple effect of positive change.
Going to school is just a dream for most girls in Nepal. School and supplies cost money, and in a country where 65% of the population is agrarian and lives on $2.50 a day, parents often cannot afford school or must choose which child will receive an education. Traditionally, male children are chosen first since they, most likely, will be living with and providing for the family in the future.
As a champion for girls education, CCF co-developed, with our Nepali partners, the following programs to help Nepali girls overcome barriers that prevent them from receiving an education.
The Power of 5 was formed in 2012 as a way to help Nepali children stay in school when their families were unable to afford it. Just $10 a month grants a child this gift. CCF partners directly with a non-profit development project in Nepal and together provides stipends that help cover school fees that would otherwise prevent students—especially girls—from attending school.
With a vision for the future, CCF is raising funds for an educational endowment of $25,000/year to enable this program to confidently expand and continue these stipends far into the future.
Getting a basic K-10 education is a challenge for most Nepali girls and high school (grades 11-12) is rarely an option. Where the Power of 5 gets the girls to the launch pad, CCF’s Joy Attwood Scholarship Fund sends them off to high school and gets them prepared for college.
The fund grants merit- and needs-based scholarships for girls to finish high school.
Just $50 a month sponsors a girl to finish high school in Kathmandu.
The rugged mid-range mountains of north central Nepal are home to the unusual village of Ghatbesi. For most remote villages, a school may exist, but the number of government teachers is rarely enough for the number of students attending. In Ghatbesi, however, the community has made education a priority. Together, they carved out funds to subsidize the education of all the village children, regardless of caste, through grade 10.
On April 25, 2015, nearly the entire village was destroyed in a massive earthquake—including their K-3 and higher grade schools.
Ghatbesi’s commitment to their children’s education was unshaken. Within 2 weeks of the quake, through community donations of tin, they had their children back in school. Knowing they needed partners to rebuild the schools they reached out to CCF. Recognizing their passion for education, we partnered up to help rebuild and ensure their commitment to education going forward.