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What is theChildren's Program? We can’t change the whole world but we can change one child’s world. The Children’s Program aims to provide financial support, love and care to needy and orphan children in Nepal. This Program aims to sponsor children from poor families with low incomes, especially those in rural and remote areas, who are unable to send their children to school, and to ensure that they attend school on a regular basis over a long period. The Program selects children who can benefit from education but who are denied the opportunity through lack of financial support. Many children from these families may need to work to provide the money to pay towards their own education for costs not covered by the government; in doing so they may miss classes and lose out on learning and development opportunities.
Who is responsible for the Program? The Children’s Program is organized and managed by Volunteer Aid Nepal, a non-government organization, based in Kathmandu.
What does the Program aim to do? The Program is designed to help children through their education and ensure that they maintain their attendance at school in spite of the financial pressures at home. Girls are particularly disadvantaged because family priority in education is given first to sons before daughters. Low income also puts financial pressures on families to arrange marriages for their daughters rather than continue with their education.
Why is sponsorship necessary? Many children come from poor families, particularly in rural and remote areas of Nepal. Although education to secondary level is funded by the government there are other costs, such as admission and examination fees, stationery, books, and school uniforms. Without sponsorship many families are inclined to send their children to work to earn money to support the family at the expense of their education.
How can I help? You can make a commitment to sponsor a child through their education.
How much is a sponsorship contribution? The sponsorship commitment is $30 per month – giving hope to a child’s dreams and providing a way for them to lift themselves out of poverty.
Can I choose who to sponsor? You can choose to sponsor any of the 200 children identified for the Children’s Program. Some of these are shown on our website. Or we can choose someone for you to sponsor to help make their life better and their future more secure. Simply complete the form and we will be happy to select a child for you to sponsor and mail your sponsored child’s profile, photo and other important information to you.
How will children receive the sponsorship support? Through the field staff of Volunteer Aid Nepal 90 % of the sponsorship money is passed directly to the children’s school. Each school passes the money to the child’s family but monitors the situation carefully to ensure that it is spent appropriately, on books, school uniform etc.
Will I receive information about how my sponsorship is working? You will receive your sponsored child’s profile, photo and other important information. You will also receive regular reports of their progress from the school. In addition, you can contact the child direct to keep in touch with them and ask about their progress.