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 believe that every child deserves the chance to go to school. With your support, we can help some of the poorest and most vulnerable children to go to school.
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.
We are now working to ensure that no child is forgotten and has access to the learning opportunities that they deserve.
BUILDING SCHOOLS IN EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
The 2015 Nepal earthquakes destroyed thousands of classrooms and left millions of children unable to go to school. Since then Street Child has been rebuilding semi-permanent school buildings to give these children a chance of an education.
We have also provided specialist training for teachers in disaster management and in psycho-social support, in case of another disaster of this scale.
We have also delivered educational kits to schools to make sure they can continue to achieve quality teaching and learning and now we are in the process of building semi-permanent school buildings and WASH facilities.
HELPING CHILDREN IN BRICK FACTORIES GO TO SCHOOL
Since we launched our first project in Nepal in 2015 we have expanded our work to support children of brick kiln laborers, some of the most marginalized children in Nepal, to go to school.
Laborers are typically migrant workers from India and South Nepal and 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, exposed to labor and out of school.
Research shows that 66 per cent of children living in brick kilns 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.
We’re building schools in brick kiln factories and providing children of brick kiln workers with an accelerated learning program where they learn a year’s curriculum in just six months.
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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