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 have stayed to work with some of the most marginalised communities in Nepal where children's chances of education are slim. We are 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 some of the poorest and most vulnerable children that chance.
As principal implementing partner of EU-UNICEF, Street Child worked with multiple national partners across four of the fourteen earthquake-affected areas to design and deliver an Education in Emergencies response, the largest intervention in the region. The intervention included reconstruction of 430 classrooms and 137 water and sanitation structures; distribution of 2400 emergency education materials; and disaster risk reduction training for over 252 teachers, across 70 schools.
Since 2016, we have also been scaling up construction and operations of Brick Kilns preparatory schools which aim at building and operating free schools that deliver a tailored and condensed curriculum for children of migrant communities that live and work in brick factories. To date, we have constructed six schools in six brick factories and reached 175 children with an aim to reach more in future.
Our most recent project is working with Musahar women and girls. The Musahar caste in Nepal is among the world’s most politically marginalized, economically exploited, and socially humiliated groups, ranked 140 out of 141 castes by the United Nations Human Development Index. 99.4% of the people are landless and born into debt. Our three-year project with DfID is catered towards 3000 out of school girls aged 15-18, and will target 240 Musahar villages in three of the ten least educated districts in Nepal.
How you can make an impact.
International Volunteers are based in our country office in Kathmandu where they assist our local team in delivering various aspects of our ongoing projects. Depending on their background and skills, volunteers are typically required to support with research as well as monitoring and evaluation - including literature reviews, report writing, data entry and analysis, project proposals, designing education curriculum and survey tools, etc.
We also have volunteers help with our internal and external communications. This includes updating official social media pages and website, collecting case studies from the field, creating content and publishing monthly newsletters.
Capital City: Kathmandu
Population: 29.6 Million
Climate: Nepal has four distinct seasons: Spring from March to May is warm with showers; Summer from June to August brings the monsoon; Autumn from September to November is cool with clear skies and Winter December to February is cold at night with temperatures reaching below zero at times.
Language: The official language of Nepal is Nepalese, but it’s worth noting that there are 123 languages across the country.
Food; Nepal’s staple food is dal-bhat-tarkari - a lentil dish served with rice - and their momos are a must as well.
Life in Nepal.
Volunteers live in a guesthouse which is a few mins walk from our office in Kathmandu and volunteers should expect to share a room. Breakfast and lunch is prepared in the office during weekdays. And should volunteers go on any field visits, accommodation is arranged by the team
There is heaps for volunteers to get on with during leisure time. The neighbourhood has a good selection of restaurants, bars and gyms and Thamel - the main tourist hub in the capital - is only twenty minutes away by taxi.
Kathmandu has seven world heritage sites which can keep people busy during weekends. There are numerous other temples and museums worth visiting within the valley. For long weekends away, volunteers can choose to sight-see, trek, hike, bungee jump, etc!
Want to hear from our past volunteers? Click here to read about Hannah’s experience in Nepal.
Head over to Street Child’s main website to discover more about our work in Nepal: