Sponsorship of children.

The caste system in Nepal though officially assigned to the history books, is still very much alive and well! And if you are unfortunate to have been born with the wrong surname (which denote your caste) you would be assigned the derogatory term of: Dalit, Panchamas ("fifth varna"), or Asprushya ("untouchables"). Dalit’s are of a mixed population, consisting of numerous social and ethnic groups from all over Nepal; they speak a variety of languages and practice a multitude of religions. If you unfortunately fall into one of these categories, education is not always possible!

Since the Clinic’s inception in 1997, we have had an educational sponsorship program. Sponsoring and sending disadvantaged children to school from the age of five to eighteen years which continues very successfully. With the majority gaining the coveted ‘School Leaving Certificate’. Furthermore, some of the most able have progressed to the College in Bhagalpur for technical and scientific studies.

Untouchability is still practiced in some schools, be they government or Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) supported schools. Some teachers do not take care of their Dalit students and in some of the remotest areas of Nepal; Dalit students would not be able to sit beside the so-called high-caste students. There are documented cases in numerous NGO supported schools, of isolating Dalit students when eating school-supplied food, and treating them badly. Scholarships for Dalit students are inadequate if not irregular and in some cases, non-existent.

Friendship Clinic Nepal does not discriminate who it helps, everyone is equal, irrespective of caste, colour, creed, age, sex or religion. In 2013, Malala Yousafzai (the teenager shot by the Taliban after speaking out for girls’ rights to education in Pakistan) said – in a much publicised address, to the United Nations "We must speak up for the children of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan who are suffering from terrorism, poverty, child labor and child trafficking - let us help them through our voice, action and charity, let us help them to read books and go to school."

“One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world"

2001 – 19 children were being funded by overseas sponsorship at a cost of £2490. 2013 – 91 Children have just graduated after gaining their SLC, within a further 52 children residing in our free boarding accommodation on the site at Aasha ko Kiran Sishu Shihar Kindergarten in Daldale