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 are now 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 the poorest and most vulnerable children that chance.
What We Do
Street Child provides education for children in marginalized rural and urban communities across Nepal. From building schools in earthquake-affected communities to giving the most marginalized children a chance to go to school, we believe in long-term solutions.
BUILDING SCHOOLS IN EARTHQUAKE-IMPACTED COMMUNITIES
The 2015 Nepal earthquakes destroyed thousands of classrooms and impacted the education of 4 million children. Since then Street Child has been rebuilding semi-permanent school buildings to give these children a chance at an education.
With thanks to the Swedish Postcode Lottery Foundation, we built 55 temporary learning centers, 44 gender-sensitive toilets and sanitation facilities, and trained 45 teachers in hygiene and sanitation, psycho-social support, and disaster risk reduction.
As part of the recovery phase of the earthquake response, UNICEF appointed Street Child as the lead education organization in Okhaldhunga, one of the hardest-to-reach districts affected by the earthquake. This UNICEF-funded work resulted in:
- 1,595 children received schooling through 40 temporary learning centers
- 24 gender-sensitive toilets and sanitation facilities created
Through EU and UNICEF funding, we also built 120 transitional learning centers in four earthquake-affected districts: Okhaldhunga, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhuli. Transitional learning centers are built to last for five years, providing a safe place for children to learn while more permanent structures are built.
- Distributed educational materials in 293 schools across the four districts
- Developed a teacher training curriculum
- Recruited and trained individuals to deliver recovery and resilience training programs to schools
- Trained 194 teachers, 67 school management committee members, 43 parent teacher association members and 36 district educational office members on disaster risk reduction, sanitation and hygiene, and psychological support
In total, we supported 5,239 children to access education and 7,242 children to access gender-sensitive toilets and sanitation facilities, and almost 50,000 children benefited from education materials thanks to UNICEF.
HELPING CHILDREN IN BRICK FACTORIES GO TO SCHOOL
In Nepal, the children of migrant families face continuous interruptions to their studies. Within this group, the children of brick factory workers are the most affected. 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, often working themselves, and out of school.
In the Kathmandu Valley alone there are 125 brick factories, which are home to around 59,500 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.
Street Child is currently working to accommodate children in the Jhaukhel area of the Bhaktapur district in the Kathmandu valley, which has an extremely high concentration of brick kilns.
In January 2017 we opened our first school in collaboration with Kopila Nepa, a Nepali NGO that has been active over the past 15 years in providing schooling for migrant laborers’ children in the Kathmandu valley.
After a successful first school, Street Child has now built a further five schools, with support from the Chaloner Children's Charity Kopila Nepa.
Our brick kiln schools give children a safe space to play and learn while also providing an accelerated learning program, where they learn a year’s curriculum in just six months to ensure they don't miss out on vital schooling.
Stories From Our Work
BIMALA, THE MOTHER WHOSE CHILDREN ARE BACK IN SCHOOL
'I am really happy with the school here... I don’t have to worry about my children’s education and I know that they are happy and safe. I don’t mind what my children decide to do in their future, I only want them to be happy and educated so they can freely choose what to do with their lives.'
Bimala travels to Nepal for work every year with her husband and three children. Like many parents who migrate to Nepal for brick kiln work she was worried about her children being out of school. “I just want a better life for my children, and education is very important for this. But in order to provide education I must work hard, even if this means my children must move schools twice every year.'
Street Child partnered with local NGO Kopila Nepa to set up a small school on the site of Bimala’s brick factory, so that the children have somewhere to learn while their parents work.
Bimala’s five-year-old son, Ashish, currently attends. This school uses a special curriculum and teaching methods designed to allow children to transition easily in and out of schools in their home districts, to minimize the disruption to their education caused by the yearly migration.
SARASWATI, THE EARTHQUAKE SURVIVOR DETERMINED TO SEE HER DAUGHTERS IN SCHOOL
Sindhuli was one of the districts worst affected by the earthquakes. For Saraswati, it meant her three daughters were unable to go to school, something she never wanted to see happen:
“When the first earthquake struck I ran to the school to check if my daughters were okay. I was scared to send my children back to school after the earthquakes, the building had cracks….whenever there was an aftershock all the children would start running out and get hurt….and I would rush to the school to check if my girls were alright.
'My parents didn’t want me to go to school because I was a girl. They said it wasn’t necessary. Today, one of my brothers is a doctor, one’s a vet, and one has his own business but I was never given that opportunity. This is why I am determined to educate all of my three girls so they can have a better life than me.'
After the Nepal earthquakes, many parents were scared to send their children to school because of damage to school buildings. Now Street Child are building more learning spaces in Sindhuli to ensure that children are safe to go to school. Saraswati is championing education for girls and boys in her community, leading by example in showing her community that it is safe for children to go back to school.
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