Friends of Himalayan Children has been facilitating sponsorships since the the charity began in 2007. It’s our mission to provide empowerment through education, providing the resources, facilities and financial means for the children of Batase Village in Nepal, and its surrounding communities, to attend school and be supported in their learning journey. You can make a difference.
In rural communities such as Batase, most families are engaged in subsistence farming. They rely on their children’s help with farming and household chores, which are often undertaken before and after school. Many families value education for boys, seeing it as a pathway out of poverty, and will struggle to give them the opportunity to go to school. For parents of children walking long distances to school, or living at the hostel, this means there is little assistance with farm work. A tension exists between present needs of families and future opportunities for boys.
Resistance to schooling can be stronger with girls, as the cultural norm in remote villages is for them to marry young and move to their husband’s home. Sometimes girls as young as 12 are married, even though early marriage is against Nepalese law. Consequently, many families don’t value education for girls, preferring them to stay at home to care for younger siblings and do farm chores. FHC strives to give girls access to an education so they have choices beyond early marriage and labouring on the farm. An independent life.
Children from poor regional parts of Nepal are particularly vulnerable to the human trafficking trade that still thrives in Nepal. Batase children are not immune. Extreme poverty makes children vulnerable, especially girls. Traffickers sometimes groom families for years, eventually offering them money and persuading them that a good job and bright future awaits their daughters in Dubai or India. Batase village has lost a number of its children to this evil trade. FHC is determined to change this reality, through education for girls and awareness – training for all.
We would like to offer you the opportunity to assist in creating a better future for the children of Nepal. You can help us on our mission to provide empowerment through education, by sponsoring a child at Batase Village.
We guarantee 100% of your sponsorship goes to its intended purpose. It helps to cover: living expenses in the hostel; educational expenses, including uniforms, textbooks and stationery; contributes to the wages of teachers at Batase Village school; and contributes to projects benefitting the lives of the children, such as a shower and toilet block at the school, new classrooms, and a library for the school, etc. FHC is a not-for profit organisation, administered entirely by volunteers.
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