“Empowerment Through Education” — Friends of Himalayan Children

FHC Schoolbags for Nepalese Children Program

Children with new schoolbags

FHC is working to address the current education crisis caused by the Nepal earthquake, and its aftermath. Part of this process is to provide students with the tools to become educated, which will result in empowered young people.

A proper school bag and school resources (pens, pencils, exercise books etc) is a necessity for any child's education, and even more so for those travelling great distances to school on foot. It is not unusual for these young people attending school to walk 3 hours a day for an education, always carrying books in their arms. Sadly it is beyond the financial capabilities of most Nepalese village families, to provide this most basic package to their children.

These school bags and educational packs are not only a practical item for the children in the remote villages of Nepal, they will bring new hope and dignity to thousands of children who really do understand they are valued when they witness the rest of the world extending a helping hand.

A school bag and school resources become powerful items in the hands of children who have never been provided with them. This is a direct investment in students, who will become active agents of change, and provide hope for the future of Nepal.

You can buy any number of bags for $15 each. Each bag will be complete with pencils, exercise books, and an all important hygiene pack. Once you purchase a bag, it will be delivered to a school child in one of the schools we work with in Nepal. (You will not receive anything in the mail yourself).

Friends of Himalayan Children

Friends of Himalayan Children is a humanitarian organisation working in rural Nepalese communities and in Kathmandu. Our aim is to improve the lives of vulnerable women and children in Nepal through better access to education, and through educational programs and community development projects.

Since 2009, FHC has built a hostel in Talamarang to house orphans from Kathmandu, a primary school in Batase village to educate the local children, and sought to raise awareness around the world of the plight of young girls in Nepal.

Tamang girls in their school uniforms - Batase, Nepal
Young girls enjoying lunch in Batase Village, Nepal
The responsibilities of being a big sister in Nepal
Educating Girls - Schoolgirls from the Batase Village School
Seven year old Sarmila Tamang - Batase, Nepal
Young school children wearing donated jumpers and beanies
Sovha Tamang engrossed in her schoolbook

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About Friends of Himalayan Children

Friends of Himalayan Children is a humanitarian organisation working to stop child labour and child slavery through providing access to education, a safe home for disadvantaged children and community development projects in rural Nepal.

Australian Charity Number: IA 36480

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    Friends of Himalayan Children Inc.
    PO Box 5213, Cairns, Qld 4870, Australia