Why We Do It
Nepal is famous for being the land-locked home to Mount Everest the world’s highest peak, and to the vast Himalayan mountain range. Perhaps less well known is the fact that Nepal is one of the world's least developed countries with at least a third of the 26 million population living below the poverty line.
To give some context:
Agriculture employs 78% of the population
82.5% of people in Nepal exist on $2 per day
One third live at least 2 hours’ walk from an all-season road
Only 8% of rural Nepal has electrification
15% of children aged 5-9 years in rural Nepal are estimated to be out of school
24% of 4-year-olds are not in pre-school or primary school.
In total, 800.000 children do not attend school at all in Nepal
During the recent COVID19 crisis, 95% of children did not attend school for over 8 months
60% of girls marry before 18, many before 14
80% of children will suffer from domestic violence
Caste discrimination, gender bias, economic circumstance or simply a lack of facilities can lead to poor children in Nepal missing out on a formal education. This very often condemns those children, like their parents before them, to a life living on the edge with little opportunity and no financial safety net.
Eye Nepal believes that education is the way to break the cycle of poverty. We seek to attract and retain children at school at a young age, to properly prepare them for later years primary education and to improve their chances of success once there.
We want our teacher training and programmes to increase the abilities of the children by the time they reach Grade 3 and to have a measurable impact on their attainment and attendance levels going forward.