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SO THE CHILD MAY LEARN is a UK registered charity working alongside local schools and communities to improve the educational prospects of children living in the remote and often overlooked middle hill regions of Nepal. We are a small organisation currently working with three schools, educating some 900 children, in Roshi Village District 11 - formerly known as Bhimkhori VDC - in Kavre, 90km east of Kathmandu.

Founded in 2014 by John Clark (UK) and Binay Lama (Nepal), the charity ensures that 100% of every donation goes directly to support the schools. We cover all travel and administrative expenses ourselves. Our work relies entirely on voluntary contributions and is not connected to any government agency or international charity. (If you are able to donate using Gift Aid, please ensure that any message you attach is signed by one person only, otherwise unfortunately Gift Aid will not be applied.)

Projects so far have included: rebuilding the main classroom block at Jugeshwor Secondary School (2015), six new primary phase classrooms at Pokra School (2017), and three blocks of two classrooms at Krishna Lower Secondary School (2018), including the first specialist IT room in the area. We also support the salaries of six teachers. Our current building project is to provide much-needed toilets at two of the schools.

After the 2015 earthquakes we temporarily shifted our focus to provide emergency shelter for 276 local families, many of whose children attended the schools we support.

Alongside all this are ongoing initiatives to improve standards of teaching and learning, through in-service training, mentoring and team-teaching. We visit the area regularly (John and other trustees twice a year; Binay monthly) to assess needs and make sure that work is on target.

Our emphasis throughout is on close cooperation with local communities and at each school we have agreed development plans which are reviewed twice a year with staff and school management committees.

Charity No: 1164875

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