Community Support - Sindhupalchok
As a responsible and ethical charity, Umbrella works to spread awareness and implement programmes which prevent further child-trafficking and improve quality of life in vulnerable rural communities. Our projects to promote education, integrity of the family unit and community awareness are situated in villages across 4 districts (including Kathmandu), the origin of many children in our care and high-risk areas for trafficking.
“… one of the least developed districts in Nepal.”
Despite its proximity to Kathmandu, Sindhupalchok is one of the least developed districts in Nepal. It is mountainous and rich in natural resources. However this also means that the land, being hilly, is not very fertile and the yield is low, a challenge for people depending entirely on agriculture for survival. While it is also abundant in tourism resources including Tatopani (hot springs), the Bhotekoshi river for rafting and Ultimate Bungee, this exploits the local economy rather than benefits it. The Arniko Highway extending from Kathmandu to Kodari links this district with Tibet, making it a high-risk area for trafficking. With some of our children hailing from this district, Umbrella partnered with disadvantaged schools to improve rural education standards and to act as a preventative measure against trafficking. Locals were directly involved in the decision-making process from the beginning and took ownership to ensure the success of these projects.
Our Rural Education Project
“… improving the local schools to change the perceived imbalance between rural villages and the capital, weakening child traffickers’ main selling feature.”
The primary cause of migration to Kathmandu is to receive better education. Umbrella is improving the local schools to change the perceived imbalance between rural villages and the capital, weakening child traffickers’ main selling feature. Apart from providing English-speaking teaching volunteers since 2012, Umbrella also provided infrastructural and staff support as follows:
April 2013 - Provided teacher-training workshops for Shree Sukute Lower Secondary School staff.
June 2013 - Provided a teacher-training workshop for Shree Kshmadevi Higher Secondary School staff.
July 2013 - Refurbished classrooms at Shree Kshmadevi Higher Secondary School and Shree Sukute Lower Secondary School.
August 2013 - Provided a teacher-training workshops for Shree Kshmadevi Higher Secondary School staff.
July 2014 - Provided mini-libraries at Shree Bahradevi Primary School and refurbished classrooms at Shree Bachhladevi Lower Secondary School.
January 2017 - Post earthquake school rebuild at Shree Bhimsen Secondary School