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8. Education and Development for the under-privileged Children of Nepal (EDUC Nepal)


EDUC Nepal established in 2002 is a non profit organization based in Basundhara, Kathmandu which focuses on providing better quality of education to socially and backward children. The organization aims to improve the literacy rate of the underprivileged children by providing scholarship and educational materials. The organization is funded through individual external and internal donations.

The organization runs a school at the welfare center where children are given lessons in English, Nepali, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and also extra curricular activities like drawing and painting. Early childhood classes are also run at the premises. Classes are held six days a week except for Saturdays and it employs 5 teachers of which 2 are funded by the ECD quota, 2 paid by the EDUC fund and one is a volunteer. All the staffs are female.  Currently, there are 48 children enrolled in the school out of which 23 are boys and 25 are girls from ages 2.5 to 12 years from diverse caste and ethnicity: The school has also a high influx of Dalit children. Most of these children are from squatter or daily wage earning families, mostly potters.

Meals are provided to the children during school days and health check ups carried out amongst the school children and their guardians especially mothers periodically. Health professionals also provide information regarding hygiene to the guardians in an effort to improve the quality of life of the children and their families. So far, the program has been successful in sending 30 children to regular schools, and 3 children have graduated from high school.

New ERA has provided 75,000 rupees to the organization for a two year basis from April, 2012  and the fund has been utilized to provide snacks, soap, towels and also on educational tour for the children.

The New ERA's assessment team has found that the organization is struggling to operate and maintain overhead cost as the physical structure has expanded since it began operating and the inter-personal and individual donations it receives is not adequate to cover the running expenses. As the organization notes its' income and expense in a register, New ERA team has suggested that it maintain systematic accounting system to not only maintain transparency but also as a way to draw external funds from International donors. As EDUC membership appears to be limited with only two active members, it was felt that the other members of the organization needs to be motivated to actively participate in the organization's decision and activities as well.