World Link Partners primary focus in Nepal is sponsorship. We sponsor schools, students, families and individuals in need. Eternal Hope International was established 6 years ago and in addition to serving countless families, they also currently serve over 700 students. They also provide health services/education, family planning for parents, nutrition and menstrual hygiene (in conjunction with Days for Girls).
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. It can give a family member the ability to 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
WE CURRENTLY HAVE 10 SCHOOLS AWAITING SPONSORSHIP
Through Eternal Hope International, 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 indoor 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 provide students with lunches, uniforms, school supplies and more. These children receive individual mentoring 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.
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.