NEWSLETTER

ISSUE 2 - August 2011

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NCEP Scholars (from left to right): Sapana (top middle) and Bipana (right) with their brother and mother; NCEP co-founders Luke and Sandeep; Sudeep with his mom and NCEP Nepal board member Roshan; new scholars; an empty school yard; new field volunteers

NEWS AND EVENTS


The Big Picture

NCEP Nepal team members Raju and Maya

NCEP is a small organization that sees the big picture. During a recent trip to Nepal, Luke, Bonnie and Sandeep from the NCEP Canada Team worked with Raju and his NCEP Nepal Team to better understand the many factors that make life precarious for Nepali families living in poverty. To help these families realize their lifelong mission of enabling a good education and brighter future for their children, NCEP is guided by a simple yet essential truth: that every child is unique.

Too often, young students fall through the cracks of the underfunded Nepali public school system because no one paid enough attention to why they were struggling. Our strength as a small organization is that we can respond to these struggles by extending support beyond school books and uniforms. We listen to and learn from the children, their families, and their teachers on an on-going basis, and attempt to address the unique challenges and opportunities of each child we support. This is part of the commitment we make to every NCEP Scholar, and to you, our donors.

We hope this Newsletter gives you some insight into how we are turning your generous contribution into education - and a lifetime of opportunity - for the children of Nepal.

Take a look at some photos from Luke, Sandeep and Bonnie's Nepal trip.

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STORIES


22 students 22 stories

All thanks to you

Bipana, age 8

Bipana, 2011

Click on the image above to watch a video of Bipana, filmed April 2011

The first thing you notice when you meet Bipana is not her scar, but her smile. While playing outside with her brother recently, she was attacked and bitten by a stray dog just below her eye. She had to have to a series of five painful - and expensive - post-exposure rabies injections and two weeks later, her face was still swollen.

But resiliency runs in Bipana's family, and her disarmingly cheerful personality seems almost impossible considering the daily struggles that they face. Years ago, Bipana's father abandoned the family, leaving her mother, Maya, as the sole provider for the children. The four of them now live together in a single room home in east Kathmandu: Maya, Bipana, older sister Sapana, and younger brother Krishna. Maya never had the chance to go to school, and also has health problems that make it difficult to hold down a job. Having been taken advantage before in a financial scam because she was not able to protect her rights, she believes that education is the key to ensuring her children have a secure and happy future, and are able to stand up for themselves.

Click here to learn why there is reason for hope.


Sudeep, age 9

Sudeep, 2011


In his first year as an NCEP scholar in 2009, Sudeep soared. He enjoyed coming to school, and was always eager to show NCEP team members what he had learned when they came to visit.

Last year, however, something changed. His attendance began to drop, his marks suffered, and his enthusiasm for school was replaced with an enthusiasm for skipping it. When NCEP visited his school shortly after he wrote his Class 2 final exams, we were distressed to learn that he had missed two of them.

The message was always the same from his very supportive teachers: that Sudeep is a very intelligent and creative boy, but needs guidance. If he doesn't understand class material, instead of asking for help, he simply stops coming. And the more he falls behind, the less he wants to come to school. Beyond that, a day at school for Sudeep often meant a day without lunch. It's hard to learn on an empty stomach.



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Click here to learn about all 22 NCEP scholars


CHAPTER NEWS


CANADA

  • The NCEP Edmonton Chapter has launched the "One Child at a Time" Campaign, in which we challenge 20 people to raise $200 each in creative ways. Learn more or contact Lorna to get involved.
  • NCEP Co-Founders Sandeep and Luke recently appeared on Namaste Radio (101.3FM in Toronto) to discuss their trip to Nepal and the future direction of NCEP. Click here to listen. (Skip to 11:08 for their interview.)
  • NCEP's Application for Charitable Status is complete, and we hope to be able to issue charitable receipts for all donations over $20 in 2012.
  • Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in Toronto on May 16, 2011. Take a look at the meeting presentation.

NEPAL

  • The current academic year began in mid-April.
  • We are sponsoring 22 students this year (17 renewed from last year, 1 exited, and 5 are new)
  • Field Volunteers (at least one for each NCEP Scholar) have been added to our NCEP Team, as well as Volunteer Tutors, and a Program Coordinator.
  • The first batch of Progress Reports for each NCEP Scholar is due in August.
  • The NCEP Grand Meeting, held in March, brought together many NGOs, social agencies, schools, higher learning institutes, and others involved in the promotion of education in Nepal to help build a broader network and develop ways to combine our efforts. Read the recap.

Send us an email if you would like to get involved with NCEP as a volunteer!

ABOUT NCEP


One of NCEP's core values is to provide targetted support for female students

Girls and young women in Nepal often have less opportunity to access education than males. The current ratio of boys to girls in primary and secondary school is almost 2:1, and this imbalance in the classroom leads to the social disempowerment of Nepali women. While NCEP does not believe in making cultural impositions, we believe that gender equality is a universal value, and one to which both our Canadian and Nepali teams are committed. For this reason, our target is to support at least 50% female scholars, and to help them overcome gender discrimination. Currently, 14 of our 22 scholars are female.

 

DID YOU KNOW?


Almost five years after the official end of Nepal's decade-long civil war, long term peace and political stability remains elusive. The long and bloody Maoist insurgency to overthrow the Nepalese monarchy drew to a close in 2006 when the monarchy was dissolved, and Nepal was declared a Federal Democratic Republic with power split between seven parties. But without a new Constitution of Nepal, the country is struggling to move forward. Mistrust between the political parties has led to numerous delays in the completion of the constitution, with the deadline now set as August 29, 2011. The greatest point of contention is how to reintegrate former Maoist rebels into the 'new' Nepal.

 

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