World Link Partners primary focus in Nepal is sponsoring schools. In the last 4 years Eternal Hope International educated over 500 students living in the slums and rural areas. Our goal is to sponsor 4 more schools in 2021.
However due to the pandemic our immediate priority is to provide food, emergency care, health services, quilts and other needed supplies to the families.
WHO WE SERVE
Primarily we serve the Dalit caste (considered “untouchables”) who make up 14% - 20% of the population. 90% of the Dalits are landless and the literacy rate above age 5 is only 33%. They are the ones who suffer most and have least access to health services, education and employment/income.
GIVING DREAMS AN OPPORTUNITY
Sponsorship is life changing. It often times determines whether a child goes to school or scavenges in the dumps for $0.40/day. Whether a family member can read books, street signs, do simple math, graduate from high school, get a job or start a business. It can provide business training, self-sufficiency, and increased awareness of rights. Above all, it provides opportunity and dignity for the most oppressed and an opportunity for a life beyond the slums.
GET INVOLVED WITH SCHOOL SPONSORSHIP
Through Eternal Hope Nepal a Montessori based school/classroom will be established for 10-15 children from 5 years to 12 years with literacy classes for women.
School sponsorship pays the teacher's salary. We establish both traditional in-door classrooms and open air classrooms. Our teachers work hard to prepare their students to bring them up to level and get the students into public schools. We also pay for lunches, uniforms, school supplies and fees. These children who would not otherwise be afforded an education, receive individual mentoring and tutoring and finish our program prepared to move into the public school system.
School sponsorship promotes awareness of caste discrimination and women's rights. In addition to education, EHI and provides health services/education, family spacing for parents, education on menstrual hygiene, nutrition and decreases childhood marriages and abuse.
sponsorshiP goes far beyond traditional public education
Mentors who are an advocate for the students, particularly for the Dalit and lowest caste children who often are both physically and verbally abused by both other students and teachers.
Advocates through prominent board members who actively lobby to ensure the welfare of each child.
Healthy snacks or lunches and much needed
vitamins to students. Some students come to school having had nothing to eat, which affects their mental ability and performance.
Health and dental check-ups several times a year through a partnership with local medical schools, nurses, volunteer pediatricians and dentists.
Through a program called Days for Girls, Menstrual hygiene kits and education are provided for girls and their families. In Nepal many girls drop out of school or are isolated due to the taboos, traditions, and inadequate ways to deal with menstruation.
EHI also provides backpacks and school supplies to public schools that are low budget and underfunded.
ADDITIONAL TRAINING IN:
Early childhood marriage
Nepal's poverty levels are higher than India and Bangladesh
(Asian Development Bank). Nepal is the 2nd poorest country in Asia. The UN gives 64.7% as the proportion of poverty if the poverty line is considered $4.00/day.
Social discrimination hundreds of years old plays a significant role in keeping millions of people poor and marginalized. Discrimination based on caste has been illegal since 1962 but unfortunately is still widespread.
Small business development