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COMMITTED runs two kinds of sponsorship programs: student and teacher.
The student sponsorship program is up and running. Government schools provide tuition-free education. But, many families still can’t meet some of the most basic of expenses–admission fee, exam fees, tie, belt, school bag etc. While the Social Business for Education project (the Fishery) is in the process of being set up, which will eventually cover ALL the expenses of school (education-related expenses of the children, teachers’ salaries, resources etc.), for those families struggling to cope now, we find funds to cover the expenses either through individual sponsors or otherwise. As and when we receive notification of struggling families, for whatever reason, we attempt to find the necessary fund.
The cost of sponsoring a student, depending on the grade, is anywhere between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 10,000 per year (amounting to between US$50.00 and US$100.00 at the current exchange rate).
The cost quoted above does NOT include any administrative costs nor do we ask for one. In that way, our sponsorship program is very different from many others. We basically collect the funds from the sponsor and pass it on to the school management committee to manage the needs of the child. We (COMMITTED) do follow-up with the child but we don’t create a personal relationship between the child and his/her sponsor. If you decide to sponsor a child, please remember that you will not receive any letters from the child or progress reports  or photos etc. I would like to believe that if you sponsor a child’s education, you are doing it for the child and not for yourself.
Should you sponsor a child, each year we’ll send you the revised cost for that year, and you’ll be asked to make a single payment.
The teacher sponsorship program is not ready yet. We are planning on setting it up so that instead of personal sponsorship, group of individuals or organisations would/could sponsor them since teachers’ salaries are considerably higher. The justification behind this program has to do with the fact that we have, as far as salaries go, three different tiers of teachers working at our school.
The first and second tier teachers’ salaries are paid for by the government and “Rahat” (relief in Nepali). (Rahat is a program run and funded by a consortium of multi- and bi-lateral donor agencies. It’s not clear for how much longer this assistance program will continue.)
The government and Rahat allocated funds for teachers’ salaries is fixed both in amount and the number of teachers it pays for. The actual number of educators required to run a school however is generally higher. The school and/or the community employs the additional and essential teachers to make up the difference. And these are the bottom tier teachers–they earn considerably less than the other two for the simple reason that the community cannot afford to pay them as well. Some of these teachers make a third of what the other two make!
While the first and second tier teachers make around Rs. 18,000 a month (about US$180), their bottom tier counterparts make around Rs. 6,000 a month (about US$60).
Details of families and/or students and teachers needing help will be posted here.
Dorje Gurung
Education Program Director
(Click here for the original post on Dorje’s Dooing Blog)

A man on a mission

Dorje Gurung’s story and his reason to travel to Qatar is nowhere similar to
those of thousand Nepalese migrant workers but the fate he was met with was pretty much alike
and astounding. A global teacher, Gurung, while his tenure as a Chemistry
teacher at the reputed Qatar Academy was put behind the bars one fine day for
the alleged insult he made towards
Islam.  
In a recent interview with The Kathmandu Post, Dorje Gurung retells his story of the
bitter experience inside the Qatari jail, how he saw the harsh realities of numerous other Nepalese workers in the Gulf State unfold all at once to until now — where he is determined to ensure proper education along with COMMITTED for the underprivileged kids in Nepal to avoid any such scenario in the future.  
Article published on The Kathmandu Post on December 27th, 2013.

Crowdrise Holiday Challenge:…Teach a Man to Fish…

A reproduction of a blog post on his blog, by our Education Program Director, Dorje Gurung, about our fundraising drive.


Establishing a Fishery as a Social Business for Education project to finance rural Nepalese children’s education and upgrading the school’s teaching resources and infrastructure.

Coming from a low socioeconomic background in Nepal, even as a primary school student in Kathmandu, I  dreamt of making a difference, through education, both to myself and to others in Nepal.

 
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Ever since realising the first part of my of my dream–beating the odds to graduate from secondary school, getting  degrees from tertiary education institutions abroad and pursuing a professional career as an international teacher around the world–I have been acutely aware of not having realised the second part of my dream.

After over two decades abroad, I had finally decided to return home to work towards fulfilling the second part of my dream. However, following an incident in the school cafeteria, not only was I fired from my job, losing thousands of dollars in the process, I was also jailed for allegedly insulting Islam.

Luckily, my friends around the world launched a massive campaign, and after only four days of initiating it, I was freed.

Following the ordeal, I was more determined than ever to see through the second part of my dream. 

During my time in Qatar, I came to see, hear and read about the exploitationabuse and sufferings of hundreds of thousands of Nepalese (and other Asian) migrant labourers in Qatar. I met a number of them languishing in jail as well.

I discovered that the main reason for their ending up in Qatar and being exploited was their lack of education. They came from low socio-economic background, just like myself, but unlike me, they had lacked opportunities for education. Lack of education combined with poverty and lack of employment opportunities at home had driven them to Qatar.

I realised that to enable nepalese children to have the freedom to dream and chart their own destinies we must provide high quality education at home.

Returning to Nepal, I ran a successful fundraising campaign and raised over thirty thousand dollars

Following the campaign, my friend Jayjeev and I have been running COMMITTED, an NGO dedicated to implementing holistic development works through education-related projects, project that improve infrastructure, resources and quality of education at Raithane School in Thangpalkot village, Sindupalchowk.

To make sure that the education program is sustainable, COMMITTED has initiated a Social Business for Education  project: a Fishery, with funds (totalling about US$20,000) raised through other means. But, we need an additional US$45,000!

Once fully set up, a significant part of the profits from the business will cover all the expenses of the school. The remaining profits will be used for community development projects as per the Community Development Plan (CDP) the community devises with help from COMMITTED.

In the mean time, additional funds are required for resources, teacher training, infrastructure upgrades and other expenses, funds we were not able to raise in June’s campaign.

An additional US$15,000 is required to upgrade the school library and provide library management skills training to the school staff, to provide enhanced support for Science, English and Arts curriculum. A further US$28000 to complete the new school building, to upgrade the classrooms, to set-up rainwater harvesting system and to address WASH (Water Sanitation and Health) issues. And finally, not unlike all other government schools in Nepal, Raithane struggles to pay teachers’ salaries. In order to pay a decent wage to four school-employed teachers for the next two years an additional US$12000 is necessary.

COMMITTED therefore is aiming to raise a total of US$100,000 to provide free, quality and sustainable education to the children of Raithane School in Thangpalkot, Sindhupalchok, Nepal. These funds will support the education of 350+ students attending Raithane School in Thangpalkot VDC, a community with a population of over 3000–education that will give them the freedom to dream and chart their own destinies, just as it did for me!

We are looking for interested individuals to help us raise these funds by being a team member in this campaign. If you are interested, click here or on the image below for instructions on how to join.

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