In April 2015, Nepal suffered a catastrophic earthquake which damaged or destroyed more than 50,000 classrooms and left over a million children out of school. Street Child launched in Nepal in 2015 in partnership with UNICEF to help rebuild schools in the communities worst-affected by the earthquake.
We have stayed to work with some of the most marginalised communities in Nepal where children's chances of education are slim. We are working to ensure that no child is forgotten and has access to the learning opportunities that they deserve. We believe every child deserves the chance to go to school. With your support, we can give more of some of the poorest and most vulnerable children that chance.
What We Do.
Street Child of Nepal provides education for children in marginalised rural and urban communities across Nepal. From building schools in earthquake-affected communities to giving the most marginalised children a chance to go to school, we believe in long-term solutions.
SUPPORTING THE MOST MARGINALISED INTO EDUCATION AND OUT OF BONDED LABOUR
Musahars are the most politically marginalised, economically exploited and socially outcast group in Nepal.
Due to a caste system that considers them untouchable, Musahars suffer extreme exclusion from education and employment. Street Child research shows that:
Just 4% of Musahar children are in school after age six; and 100% are out of school after age ten
The literacy rate is 7% amongst Musahars; and a mere 3.8% amongst Musahar women and girls
85% of Musahars are unable to read or write at all
Our latest project aims to free Musahar communities from bonded labour. Street Child are supporting vulnerable women and girls to learn basic literacy and numeracy alongside weekly workshops where women and girls can learn important life skills - from understanding their rights to basic hygiene practices and access counselling and support. We are also providing livelihoods support in the form of training and business grants so young Musahar women can set up businesses and become financially independent.
In total, we will be supporting 3,000 Musahar girls across three districts in Nepal.
BUILDING SCHOOLS IN EARTHQUAKE-IMPACTED COMMUNITIES
The devastating earthquakes of April and May 2015 disrupted the schooling of approximately 4 million children in Nepal. The earthquakes also displaced thousands of children and families from their homes - straining the resources of these families and risking children's chances of going to school long-term.
As part of the recovery phase of the earthquake response, UNICEF appointed Street Child as the lead education organisation in Okhaldhunga, one of the hardest to reach districts affected by the earthquake. With their support we built 40 temporary learning centres to provide 1,595 children with a chance to go to school.
Further support from UNICEF, the EU and the Swedish Postcode Foundation allowed us to:
give 5,239 children with access to a safe classroom
provide 7,242 children with access to gender-friendly toilets and wash facilities
distributed educational materials to 48,773 children
trained over 300 teachers, parents and school managers in psychosocial support, disaster risk reduction and hygiene practices.
The Nepal earthquake highlighted the need for training in schools and communities on disaster risk reduction, school safety and how to respond in a disaster. Street Child is supporting 4,000 children and over 1,000 teachers, parents and community members across 200 schools in earthquake-impacted communities. In partnership with CWISH and SAHAS we are strengthening the communities’ ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster by providing training, psychosocial support and providing educational materials.
HELPING CHILDREN IN BRICK FACTORIES GO TO SCHOOL
In Nepal, brick factory work is seasonal and many workers migrate from India and South Nepal, spending six months at the factory, and six months in their hometown. Often whole families will live and work on site for the entire six month brick season – during which time children are often living in dangerous conditions, exposed to labour and out of school.
In the Kathmandu Valley alone there are 125 brick factories which are home to around 59,000 children. Research shows that 66 per cent of children living in brick factories have never been to school. The majority of parents are desperate for their children to have an education knowing that it’s the pathway to a better future.
To ensure children don't miss out on vital education, Street Child have built six schools within brick factories in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. These schools are giving 175 children a safe space to play and learn whilst also providing an accelerated learning programme where they learn a year’s curriculum in just six months.
We are now embarking on a new project to build five more brick factory schools in partnership with Children in Crisis Italy.
Stories From Our Work.
SITLI, RUNA AND DUTRI, THE FRIENDS DETERMINED TO CHANGE THEIR FUTURE
‘We hope that with an education we can set up our own small businesses. The only shops we have in our village are liquor shops, run by men. By having our own businesses, we think we can set an example to our community and help change attitudes.’
Sitli (left), Runa (middle), and Dutri (right) are neighbours, friends and students at one of Street Child of Nepal’s educational centers where Musahar women and girls can learn basic literacy and numeracy skills as well as attend life skills and rights awareness workshops.
‘In our first few months, we have learnt the Nepali alphabet and can count up to 100. This encourages us and gives us hope about what we can learn with even more lessons.’
Passionate and ambitious, they are determined to change attitudes to girls’ education in their communities, set up their own businesses to be more financially secure, and encourage more young women to get an education.
MINA, THE EARTHQUAKE SURVIVOR DETERMINED TO BECOME A TEACHER
Street Child first met Mina in 2015 when she was just 11 years old following the devastating earthquakes that had severely damaged her school in the Sindhuli district. Sindhuli was one of the districts worst affected by the earthquakes and many children including Mina were left unable to go to school.
‘I had no idea there was going to be an earthquake. When it happened, I was working in a maize field with my grandparents, pulling crops out of the ground. I was terrified. After the earthquake, I couldn’t go to school. I was a bit worried when I saw the school was damaged and I was scared that the earthquake would happen again.’
Since 2015 Street Child has been providing children with access to a safe classroom in 8 earthquake-impacted districts across Nepal ensuring that children are safe to go to school and can continue their education.
With a new classroom Mina has been able to return to school and now she no longer has to worry about hers or her peers safety.
‘Now I like coming to school. I want to be a teacher when I am older.’