Please Help Musahar Children Go To School in Nepal

by Lok Pokhrel

Bhadrapur
  • Please  Help  Musahar Children  Go  To  School  in  Nepal
  • Please  Help  Musahar Children  Go  To  School  in  Nepal
  • Please  Help  Musahar Children  Go  To  School  in  Nepal
  • Please  Help  Musahar Children  Go  To  School  in  Nepal
  • Please  Help  Musahar Children  Go  To  School  in  Nepal
  • Please  Help  Musahar Children  Go  To  School  in  Nepal
  • Please  Help  Musahar Children  Go  To  School  in  Nepal
  • Please  Help  Musahar Children  Go  To  School  in  Nepal
  • Please  Help  Musahar Children  Go  To  School  in  Nepal
  • Please  Help  Musahar Children  Go  To  School  in  Nepal
  • Please  Help  Musahar Children  Go  To  School  in  Nepal

About the Project

Please  Help  Musahar  Children  Go  To  School  in  Nepal

We urge global community and all national and international donor organizations and partners to support the world’s most destitute and extremely vulnerable children of Musahar to go to school in Nepal! So destitute that Musahar family owns two containers (for grain storage) as their only wealth.

Who are Musahars and Why should we help?

‘Musahar’ literally means ‘rat-eater’, reflecting extreme destitution experienced by this community as they are forced to fetch and eat rats to survive. Musahars are the world’s poorest and an extremely vulnerable community living in Nepal. Musahar community, with a population size of about half a million (more than 1% of total population) living in 24 districts in Nepal’s Terai (plain land), suffers from abject poverty and injustice from generations to generations. These include economic deprivation in all its forms ― lack of assets, low-income, hunger, poor health, insecurity, physical and psychological hardship, social exclusion, discrimination, political powerlessness and alienation. Severely illiterate, they are unaware of their economic, social and cultural rights. Centuries of exploitation has resulted in passive acceptance of the situation among Musahars.

Musahars are often considered 'untouchable' by some with little to no rights in the caste hierarchy. They are deprived from owning property, a means of livelihood and education. To earn the bread, they work in agriculture for ‘jamidars’ (aka land owners) as bonded laborers or other forms of physical labor. They are often discriminated with low wages and at times payments are made in the form of discarded food or grains. Caste discrimination compounded with acute poverty and lack of awareness have led to lack of access to basic education and health services, including access to many social development programs.

Among Musahar women, the literacy rate is almost 0%, while the total literacy rate falls below 7%. Due to extreme poverty and food insecurity, Musahar children are bound to stay out of school. Even if some children happen to complete ‘School Leaving Certificate’ (Grade 10), they have no means of pursuing higher education and drop out of school. Thousands of Musahar children are in dire need of support so they could go to school.

Your small contribution can bring societal changes in Musahar Community through Education!

So, please DONATE today.

Any contribution you make will directly go to support Musahar Children’s education through the local non-profit organization, BHORE (http://www.bhore.org.np/). BHORE has been relentlessly working to improve the lives of the Musahars since its establishment in 2009 and has been the main voice for the voiceless, Musahars. 

Cost for Supporting Education of 100 Musahar Children for 1 Year

  To Provide Primary and Secondary Education for 50 Children

Cost per Child per year = $100

Total Costs for 50 Children for 1 year = $100 x 50 = $5000

The proposed fund will cover costs for: 2 sets of school uniform, inner wears, shocks, shoes, a school bag, and monthly coaching fee.  

  To Provide Higher Secondary (+2) Education for 50 Children

Cost per Student per year = $250

Total Costs for 50 Students for 1 year = $250 x 50 = $12,500

The proposed fund will cover costs for: admission fee, monthly tuition fee, examination fee, books/stationery, and a school bag.

Platform fee = 5% of $17,500 = $875

So, we anticipate raising a total of $18,375 to support the education of 100 Musahar children for one year. In the following year, we anticipate developing grant proposals to receive education fund from donor agencies such as National Science Foundation, UNESCO, UNICEF, the UN Global Compact, and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, among others.

So, please please DONATE today for this important cause. Together, we can make a difference! We thank you so much in advance for your generosity!

[If you have any questions or need more information regarding this novel cause, please contact Dr. Lok R. Pokhrel (email: tuf80999@temple.edu) or Raj Kumar Mahato (Chairperson, BHORE; email: rkmahato5@gmail.com)]

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Donors

Avatar February 05, 2016
Barun Kumar Singh
$ 36.00 USD
Avatar January 17, 2016
Anonymous
$ 20.00 USD
Avatar January 17, 2016
Beatrice Zovich
$ 15.00 USD