Lahachowk is a small rural farming village in Kaski District in the Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal- about 150 kilometers west of Kathmandu. It is in what is considered the western hill district and sits at an elevation of 1100 meters. The District of Kaski covers an area of 2,017 square km in central Nepal and had a population of approximately 500,000. Kaski, like many areas of Nepal, lacks quality education. Government schools are often poorly supplied; teaching supplies, desks and chairs are often sparse; and, some teachers struggle to be motivated to attend class due to poor wages. Poor families struggle to pay for school fees, books, supplies and school uniforms, which are mandatory. Some very poor farming families require all family members to assist with the farming duties, making attending school a challenge. Despite these hurdles, students are eager to learn, very dedicated to their studies and parents are supportive of their children having an education, knowing education will provide their children with greater opportunities than they had.
This Education Initiative will establish a support system for children and families that cannot meet the basic requirements of attending school, including school uniforms, pencils, paper and books. Children that are unable to attend school because the families have little income will be sponsored by this initiative.It will also provide funding to establish a computer institute, including computers, tables and chairs, electricity, room rental, and a teacher. Funding will help with existing schools that require minor repairs; including roof repairs, playground safety fencing, washroom facilities, and drinking water taps.
ICO team members in Nepal work closely with the local Village Development Committees and school principals to ensure that the money is used effectively and is positively impacting children’s lives.