I’ve been awaiting this news for a long time! Yesterday I got an email from Save the Children updating me in regards to the fundraising dollars the 7 Summits Project had contributed towards a project in Nepal. Well, over the last 6 months, they’ve finally been put to use. I’ve copied out the full details of the email below..
Education Project Nepal
Location: Nepal – Nawalparasi district
Main objectives of the Project and achievements so far:
Training for teachers on literacy boost to improve their teaching skills
A total of 13 teachers (Female-4 and Male-9) from 12 different schools participated in the training program.
Prior to receiving the training, teachers normally used rote method to teach children in schools. However, after receiving the training, teachers are now feeling more confident in their roles as teachers and are using different teaching materials to teach children in classrooms.
The project plans to engage in the following activities in the next quarter:
Learning education materials support
The project provided various kinds of books to the project supported school – educational books, reading skill development books, and story books.
As per plan, the project provided different kinds of teaching materials to teachers. The project also organised an orientation session to orient teachers on the use of these teaching materials. The project will ensure that teachers continue to use the teaching materials in the next quarter as well. The project will monitor the classroom activities to ensure this.
School community members (Child Clubs and Parent-Teacher Group) implement initiatives to support attendance improvements
Enhanced physical environment of school
Construction of new two-room building
The construction of a new two-room building was completed. The inauguration ceremony to celebrate
the construction of the new building was held on November 16, 2016.
Outdoor playing materials support and drainage maintenance
The project has reached 78 Girls and 73 Boys, 32 Females and 76 Males during the financial year.
To say I was pretty excited to receive the news is a bit of an understatement. It’s great to see those fundraising dollars put to use in a way that will hopefully provide a brighter future to those in need.
This marks the end of my journey with Save the Children. From next year (after the Tour For A Cure) I will be focusing on working directly with local Nepalese to improve education standards in one of the most impoverished nations on Earth. This will continue until I accomplish what I set out to at the start of this project. I will let you know the details a little way down the track and I hope you will all join me.
To those who have contributed in some form, thanks once again for your support with the 7 Summits Project, I hope you’re satisfied that your contribution has gone to a worthy cause.
The difference education can make on the life of a young Nepalese girl. My aim is to help children from Nepal recieve an education and escape the poverty cycle. You can help children like Manisha by donating to the 7 Summits Project:https://www.savethechildrenfundraising.org.au/eve…/7-summits
Everything raised goes directly to Save the Children Nepal and will be put to use in the way we see best benefits the local community.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela
“Education is the movement from darkness to light” Allan Bloom
I usually try and avoid using quotes, the invention of Facebook and Instagram ensuring you have probably seen every significant quote at least 10 times throughout the last few years. Many completely out of context.. These 2 quotes from Nelson Mandela and Allan Bloom perfectly encapsulate what my thoughts are however, so I’ve decided to make an exception.
When I started this project last year, I spent a good while considering which area of focus was likely to have the biggest impact from my fundraising efforts and where I could actually make a difference. I knew I wanted to help the people of Nepal, young children in particular, but in what way was still up for debate.
The amount of help needed in Nepal ( and the world in general) is truly staggering; diseases, lack of water, sanitation, drought, political turmoil, its simply not possible to help every cause out there. After a bit of deliberating, I realised there was one area i could focus on that would have an influence on all others. That is education.
What really resonated with me when I got the chance to meet the local people in rural Nepal, was their lack of hope and optimism about the future. Don’t get me wrong, they still lead happy and cheerful lives, but they see no way out of their current circumstances. They are trapped in that poverty cycle and don’t see a means to escape. Often living on $1 a day, few opportunities are available to venture out and provide more for their families. They simply don’t know how to go about it. As far as I can reason, there is only one way to solve that problem..
The thing with education is that it takes time to see results. The kids that are educated today will probably need 20+ years to have an impact on their own environment, let alone the rest of the world. But it’s the only long term solution. Providing medication for disease, supplies of food for hunger, shelter for those displaced by war.. they are bandaids and will only provide temporary relief. They may receive more attention and support because they demonstrate tangible results from every dollar invested. You can see exactly where the money is going and how it is being used (or abused). Investment in learning is a little less black and white.
Education is not just what is learnt in a formal schooling environment, it encapsulates everything which we absorb and which influences our knowledge base and view of the world. Many say travel is the best education and I couldn’t agree more, nothing will alter your view of the world more than seeing it for yourself.
School is an important part of the process however and something we take for granted here in the west. School lays the foundation for a childs development. This is when our first opinion are formed, our capacity for thinking and impressions of the adult world are developed. I would argue the first 3 years at school are perhaps more important than the rest of primary and high school put together.
We take it as a given that we are enrolled in school at the age of 4 or 5 (sometimes earlier) and spend the next 10-20 years of our lives with this establishment as our main occupation. We see it as a basic human right and a choice we are freely granted as to whether we pursue the opportunity or not. Many kids in the developing world are desperate for a chance to simply sit in a classroom and learn. A pencil is enough to brighten their day and open a new world of possiblity.
From my experiences, kids without access to a proper education are always the most enthisiastic and willing to learn when given the opportunity.
If I am to meet my maker at some point over the course of this journey, I’d like to be able to say I’d done as much as I could to make the world a more positive place. That to me makes for a meaningful existence. If I can help a few kids escape their poverty and live productive lives then I will feel content that I have achieved that mission. I want to give these kids the opportunity to change their own communities. The knowledge and skills to make a difference and hopefully a chance to make their own impact on the world.
If you’d like to help me achieve this vision, you can donate directly through Save the Children here: DONATE