Hello to All:
We are writing to our network of supporters to share important data about the success of our Stay-in-School Nepal Program that was revealed during Jeff’s trip to Nepal last week.
One of the objectives ог Jeff’s trip was to summarize the results ог our Stay-in-School Nepal program as the initial pilot project for the first 20 students hаd concluded its five-year anniversary. What we were searching for was proof that the Program was working when the Social Welfare Council in Nepal perform their final audit and evaluation ог the initial Pilot Project in the next few months.
We asked the parents, students, teachers and Headmasters of the schools along with Ward councilors what they thought of the program. They all indicated the program was а great success and should be continued. One Headmaster stated that the program was а success because the girls were still in school which was опе of the criteria. Another Headmaster indicated that all the girls had improved their attendance, attitude, hygiene and academic results over the years. He stated that we had taken girls with F grades and moved them to D grades as well as moving girls with D grades to C grades. They all wanted the program to continue and expand if possible.
Jeff’s best anecdotal piece of information was the girls aspirations ог dreams of what they wanted to become. He asked the girls in the Pilot Project five years ago this question and none of them had dreams ог becoming anything. Fast forward five years later and these girls, now in grades 9, 10 and 11, have academic dreams of becoming teachers, bankers, nurses and government workers. All of this information is comforting but may not be considered real evidence.
Great Program Results
Fortunately, уе were able to find the hard evidence that the Program’s success was greater than expected. In our Pilot Project, 16 of the 20 girls were selected in Grades 5, 6 and 7 from on of the most under-privileged public schools т the municipality. The Devata Public School 15 in the poor agricultural region of Sundar Haraicha where families are day workers when crops need tending. With the help of the teachers and Headmaster we were able to find the class lists from 2018 when the Pilot Project started. In the three grades there were а total of 34 students consisting of 18 boys that we did not support and the 16 girls we supported. The boys were not selected because, in this region, scarce family resources are allocated to boys’ education over girls. Tracking these students five years later showed the tremendous success of the Program.
The results are as follows:
|Students in Grades 5, 6 and 7 at Devata
Public School in 2018
|Achieved Grade 10 оr still in school
Тhе incredible difference in results from classmates was apparent. The Bоуs, without receiving additional support, had а 55% drop out rate over the five years which is consistent with the original theory оr high dropout rates in the region. The boys, effectively acting as the control group, shows that there would be over half the kids not reaching grade 10 without intervention and perpetuating the cycle of poor education and poverty in the region. The girls from the same social-economic conditions and from the less supported sub group out-performed their peers by 10 to 1 and remained in school for the five-year program.
With Great Results Comes Further Need
We shared these results with the Director of Education for the Municipality ог Sundar Haraicha. Her immediate reaction was to state that the Municipality should support these types of initiatives to which we fully agreed. The improved education results, reduced drop-out rate, reduced child marriages and reduced number of teen pregnancies all have tremendous long-term positive impacts on combating poverty in the region. These are achieved with minimal annual costs ог our Stay-in-School Nepal Program. We told the Director of the greater need for the Program, as relayed to us from the various teachers and Headmasters we spoke with, beyond the 100 girls we currently support. We explored with the Director the opportunity to expand the program three-fold to 350 students on a basis similar to the Bike Loan program that is shared with the Municipality.
Request of Our Supporters
Тhе tremendous results are ап inspiring signal that this Program is highly effective and ап efficient use ог your donated funds. With the success comes the prospects of an enlarged Program combined with a greater number of girls who will be eligible for post-secondary education that will need further financial support. As such we humbly ask you to consider the following requests:
- If you have not been а donor to My 100 Percent’s Stay-in-School Program, please consider making а donation this year and the following years. The Program 15 highly effective to create real change for girls need as well as the long-term positive regional impacts of the Program.
- If you have donated, we thank you for your support and ask that you consider increasing your annual donation amount to support the expected growth in the Program.
- Finally, if you have the financial means we ask that you consider sponsoring a girl(s) in pursuing post-secondary dreams. We currently have 15 girls in Grade 11 and several of them will be going to college or university soon. We are seeking commitments for either the two years ofcollege or four years of university covering tuition, books, room and board for the girls who have successfully completed grade 12 with appropriate grades for post-secondary education. We expect the annual costs to be in the $2,000 range.
Thank you for being part of the My 100 Percent network. We, and the girls we help, appreciate your continued support.
Best wishes for the holiday season,
Jeff and Adarsh