Sponsorship Program in VSN School, Thimi.
Thimi is a traditional Nepalese village where pottery,
mask-making and farming are the main occupations. Potters turn
their wheels inside their homes and dry the pots in the sun;
when there are enough pots they are surrounded with straw which
is lit to fire the pots. Most of the pots are sold outside the
Kathmandu Valley. Some villagers are now making furniture
and looking for other types of employment as cheaper, more
durable products become available. Farmers grow rice wheat and vegetables
for their own use. They sell extra vegetables in the early
morning along the Thimi streets, or in the market of Kathmandu.
Many parents in the Thimi area are not well educated, so they prefer their
children to continue the family business from an early age
rather than educating them. Without proper education and
skills the younger generations lack any opportunity to do
anything but follow their parents business.
In Nepal there are not enough government schools for every child
to attend, so there are a lot private schools as well. The
standard of education in private schools is generally fast
superior to that offered in government schools. Most people
therefore prefer to send their
children to private schools, but for most people this is only a
dream, as private schools fees are expensive.
Vinayak Shiksha Niketan School was started in 1989 by Surendra Bikram
Prajapati, because he was concerned about the lack of a good
education in Government schools and the high
fees charged by private schools. The school
aims to provide education for local children at an affordable
cost. It offers some scholarships to gifted children. International
sponsorships have enabled some of the poorest children in the
area to attend school. The Nepal Australia Friendship
Association (Queensland) Inc. (NAFA) – sponsorship
program was started when an Australian volunteer, Sharon Thrupp sponsored
a child in the school. When she went home she
told her friends about the school and others gave donations to
the school or sponsored individual children. NAFA took over the
program in 2003.
The school is searching for more kind-hearted people
through out the world to support many more students through
Sponsorship allows a child to be educated in
English, Maths, Science, Computer Studies and the local language
of Nepali to class ten level, ie to School Leaving Certificate
Level. Some of our sponsored children have already completed
high school education and are studying medicine, engineering,
nursing, teaching and management skills.
It only costs $US150-300 per year to sponsor a child depending
on the class level. This amount covers uniforms, tuition and
exam fees and all their books for one year. By
supporting this sponsorship program, you know exactly where your
money goes- every cent goes to the sponsored child's education.
In Australia sponsorship fees are fully tax-deductible.
We hope you and your friends will be interested in sponsoring a
student who is seeking help for his/her schooling. Please
contact one of the sponsorship co-ordinators below for further information.
Email : [email protected]
Surendra Bikram Prajapati
Australia - Helen Zada Vinayak Shiksha Niketan School
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