The government school system in Nepal is free up until class five, however these institutions tend to have poor facilities, insufficient staff, and uncommitted teachers who miss lessons and use outdated teaching methods. In addition, the academic standard achieved at these schools is rarely good enough for a child to gain access to further education, especially as most institutions require the student to have attended an English Medium school previously.
For families too poor to send their child to a private school, government education can seem to be a waste of time, and in many cases as soon as the child is old enough he/she will be withdrawn to work in order to support his/her own living costs. For this reason the full sponsorship of a child is the most valuable and often the only useful contribution that can be made.
Whether or not a child intends to continue academic study beyond school, or even if he/she intends to live a farmer’s life in the rural Nepal tradition, we believe that an education is immensely important to the fully rounded development of a person, and vital to help them fulfill their potential later in life. The emphasis on cultural and spiritual understanding in HVP makes this particularly true, and sponsoring a child can never be considered a waste of money.
HVP sponsors many children internally, providing education at a reduced rate depending on the circumstances of the families and their means of support. HVP Dang in particular offers reduced fees to all disabled students, as well as those from poor backgrounds or lower castes. In addition to these scholarships there are schemes in place whereby the International supporters of HVP provide the means for needy students to be sponsored through their education, and in many cases provided accommodation and meals in hostel. There are sponsored children at all three schools, however priority is given to the Dang school due to the high number of poor families and war-affected children in the surrounding area. Many of these students are sponsored through the kind support of members of HVP-UK, which also plays a key role in coordinating the scheme.
HVPSG-USA also operates two schemes to provide sponsorship for students of HVP, one granting need-based scholarships to students from poor backgrounds, and the other awarding one-year scholarships as prizes to the winners of sport, essay and art competitions. So far 156 students have benefited from these competition-based scholarships, while 10 students at HVP Thali are presently enjoying free education through the Need-based scholarship scheme.
HVP Dang supports children in a variety of different ways, according to their varying needs. Depending on the severity of their circumstances students in the scheme are granted free education, food, books and uniform, and in the case of fully sponsored children, accommodation and full-time care. The number of children sponsored depends entirely on the number of donors, but at the moment over 40 students benefit to some extent, excluding those given reduced fees by the school due to disability. The Dang hostel is mixed and staffed by capable resident male and female teachers. The atmosphere is that of a family home, and provides an extremely supportive environment for a child with inadequate or difficult home circumstances to grow up in.
If you cannot afford either of these schemes, why not share the support of a child with a friend or family member?
Any contribution is gratefully accepted. Please try to help us provide education where it is most needed.
This project is aimed at helping families within the neighborhood of the Community Center/Ashram. Most of the children come from impoverished families. Here the local girls and boys, who mostly attend surrounding government schools, are provided free after school care and tuition. The program has been successfully running for over 2 years, with around 100 children participating. It runs five days a week from 4pm until 6pm every afternoon except Tuesdays and Fridays. It offers children between the ages of 5 and 15years old a positive structure for a holistic development.
Following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Children’s Study Club aimed at boosting children’s education and providing a safe-play environment with a positive philosophy, the Community Center/Ashram sought to reach out also to the mothers of these children. To complement the Women’s Training Program (WTP) imparting useful skills, the Community Center/Ashram expanded its services by providing focused education through a Women’s Education Program (WEP).
Within the neighborhood of the Community Center/Ashram, many women never had the opportunity to receive an education. Coming from marginalized communities, they lead hard lives of menial labor, barely managing to maintain a minimum standard of living for themselves and their children. On top of this, many are struggling alone without a husband, or as is also common, with the burden of a violent husband.
The Women’s Education Program has significantly helped uplift the women by giving them greater self esteem, confidence and new job prospects. As additional benefits, the teaching is delivered in a supportive and safe environment, providing positive motivation, counseling and advice for handling the many difficulties.
For the last two years, a qualified volunteer teacher provides classes for two to three hours a day. The program is offering its service free of cost to around 40 women (aged 20 – 60) every day. The main objectives of the classes are:
Youth Society for Peace (YSP) was established in 2003 in collaboration with the youth of Shanti Sewa Ashram (SSA). In a society that sorely misses the contentment of a peaceful existence, it is becoming increasingly important that the youth of today (who are the leaders of tomorrow) have access to a community of like-minded peers who will mutually nurture their peaceful vision for the future. In this way, YSP hopes to refine and to promote their vision into the wider world and encourage peaceful practices and a sense of social responsibility.
The Children’s Peace Home (CPH) is based in Dang. It has been serving orphans, war victims, destitute, and homeless children of Nepal by providing them with free education, food, and accommodations. At present the home has approximately 25 children who are fully sponsored to receive value-based education at HVP Dang, along with training in life skills. Situated in the very natural and peaceful countryside of Parsa, Dang, the Home has plans to house up to 50 children.