Imagine reading a United Nations report that states just 70% of children in the United States enroll in elementary school, and more than 40% of those children drop out of school before entering junior high. Would you be shocked? Would you be outraged? Disturbed? Motivated to do something?
While these statistics are actually untrue for the United States, they are true for rural Nepal because of the severe degree of poverty that rural families face each day. Students drop out of school because families can’t afford school supplies and tuition fees.
Thanks to the support of companies such as HIT Web Design, CHOICE Humanitarian can offer children scholarships so they can continue attending school and gain a valuable education. So far this year, 83 students have been granted CHOICE scholarships, including Yuba Raj Gurung, who lives in your partner village of Puranokot.
Yuba Raj Gurung is the youngest of 5 kids. A smart and disciplined student, he walks one hour each way to get to school. Members of his family are subsistence farmers and can only produce food to sustain themselves for half the year. During the other half of the year, they must work as laborers to secure enough food to survive. He supports his family by doing household chores in the morning and evening, yet still manages to get all of his homework done. Up until now, Yuba has been responsible for securing the money necessary to attend school. This has been very difficult for him–he was at the verge of giving up. CHOICE Humanitarian learned of this promising student and is now providing a scholarship to Yuba so he can continue with his studies.
Yuba Says, “I am happy that I can continue my education now thanks to CHOICE providing me with a scholarship.”
Because of the support of HIT Web Design, other children like Yuba can also stay in school, giving them the promise of a better future. Thank you for changing the life of this young man, Yuba Raj Gurung, in Puranokt, Nepal.