EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN OF THE SLUMS AND SUPPORT AND EDUCATION FOR FAMILIES
What is life like for a child in the slums? Imagine a life where your days are spent scavenging for trash, living next to open sewer, spending winters in a cold leaking clapboard shack; how would it be not to have hope for a life beyond this? This is the life for children of the slums in Nepal. In partnership with Eternal Hope Nepal (EHN) World Link Partners provides hope for these children hope of a life beyond the slums.
ETERNAL HOPE NEPAL was established in 2012 by Dr. Usha Maharja and 9 volunteers. Its mission is to provide remedial education for children in the slums. However, EHN soon became aware that the needs were much greater. Consequently, EHN, in addition to expanding its classrooms, is in the process of establishing a center which will provide training, including business and skills training, technology/computer skills, and literacy.
In the first year, 2012-2013, 26 children received education, uniforms, supplies, and meals. In 2016 that number increased to 50 students. However, this does not begin to meet and address the needs of the number of children awaiting education and families in need of services. In 2017 EHN plans to establish at least one more class plus provide business opportunities to the parents of the students.
The class and small businesses will primarily be through sponsorship.
The one problem is lack of funding. Everything else in its place. We have dedicated directors, a committed professional board and teachers, most of these people are volunteers. We also have a classroom donated by the Montessori School.
What we need and costs:
- Sponsorship for one student for one school year ($250 for 1 school year)
- Sponsorship to establish 1 business (to be determined)
- Funding for rental of a center ($350/mo. = $4,200 for a year)
- Currently a teacher is providing her apartment as the center.
- Funding for the classroom 15 students = ($5,665 for a year)
- Teacher's salaries (for 1 school year) = $1,200
- Teacher training = $300
- School uniforms (required) = $30-$40 each = $525
- Books, pencils, notebooks = $400
- Food for students = $3,240
- Total to have a classroom for 1 year = $5,665
- Cost to sponsor 1 child/student for 1 year = $400
- Funding for transportation to/from school (2 vehicles) = $3,160/yr
- many students live a long distance from school
100% of the profit from USHA jewelry will go to EHN for these projects. Virtually none of the funding goes to overhead or administrative costs.
One benefit of working in Nepal is that donor's money goes so far. The exchange rate is approximately $10.00 to $100 Rupees. So much can be done with so little.
In addition to Nepal, World Link Partners (WLP) also works in Guatemala. Guatemala is where we started our projects 10 years ago. Our partner in Guatemala is the NARU Nutrition Project. NARU is supported primarily by a generous grant from The Sabin Children's Foundation and the profits from Humble Hilo (online marketing of Mayan bags, children's shoes, clothing, and household accessories). Lauren Foulger, Executive Director of WLP founded and manages this branch which includes the establishment of a Center and Out Reach programs:Health and Resource Center: Alta Vera Paz, Guatemala
2015 was a rewarding year for World Link Partners. In partnership with the NARU Nutrition Project we established a Health Resource Center.
The Health Resource Center provides basic health care, nutrition training, also education and training in small business and small scale agriculture development. The center currently serves 1,500 men, women, and children and is located in Senahu (Guatemala). In addition to the center, several years ago World Link Partners and NARU expanded their Community Out Reach Programs. The concept is similar to the "barefoot doctor" approach where basic health care and resources are taken to the isolated villagers. The services include: health, health education, small scale agriculture (food production), sanitation, and water filters. Currently 200 families, approx.. 1,000 villagers are being served in the outreach program.