During 30+ years of relationships in Nepal, CCF board members have witnessed first-hand the positive change that comes from empowering women and educating daughters. For this reason, CCF has made it a priority to improve access to education through the following programs.
THE POWER OF 5
The Power of 5 began in 2012 with the intent of providing a monthly stipend to over 100 students in need in grades 1-10. Today, we have increased the stipend from $5 a month to $10 and the length of assistance from three years to six. We are currently raising $25,000 a year to build an educational endowment for these stipends to impact even more children far into the future. Just $10 a month grants a child in Nepal the gift of education.
To pursue children’s access to education, CCF partners directly with a non-profit development project in Nepal. Together we provide stipends that help cover school fees that would otherwise prevent students–especially girls–from attending school. As of 2018 this program has kept 653 children in school. Our goal is to provide these stipends for the full 10 years a child is in school.
THE JOY ATTWOOD SCHOLARSHIP
When CCF learned that the first Power of 5 graduate could not afford college (grades 11-12 in Nepal), the Joy Attwood Scholarship Fund was created. Today, the fund grants merit and need based scholarships for both urban and rural girls to go to college. Just $50 a month sponsors a girl to attend college in Kathmandu.
In 2014, CCF began a college scholarship fund for girls interested in pursuing +2 higher education. This scholarship will provide a $1,000 tuition scholarship to either one, or several, outstanding girl scholars, to help pay for their college tuition for 2 years. An additional $1,000 will also be put aside as an endowment, to ensure that this program will remain viable for years to come. Many of the applicants have received the Power of 5 stipend which has helped them stay in school. It is our hope that these young women will be able to continue further past class 10 and pursue their dreams and inspire other young girls in Nepal.
In 2017 CCF expanded it’s educational programs to the remote village of Ghat Besi. Beginning in the fall of 2016, CCF granted 7 merit and need based scholarships for girls to attend 11th and 12th grade, providing tuition, room and board. The cost of this program is only $600 a year for one girl. With 18-25 girls graduating from 10th class in Ghat Besi each year, CCF hopes to further expand it’s assistance so that every girl may continue her education.
Following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, CCF partnered with Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary to rebuild the Ghat Besi primary school which was completed in April of 2016. During the project CCF saw how committed the community of Ghat Besi was to their children’s education and so agreed to assist them in the future. The Nepali government provides one primary school teacher for every 80+ students. Previously, the Ghat Besi community generated money to pay for two additional teachers however, these additional funds were impossible following the devastating earthquake. Today, CCF is providing the income for two teachers for two years for the primary school. While this agreement was intended to be short term, CCF is committed to economic development and opportunity in rural areas of Nepal and so, is open to other opportunities