Starlight Scholarship Scheme
Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. Malnutrition, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene, exposure to infectious diseases, geographical isolation, lack of access to education and cultural beliefs are just some of the issues that inhibit development in the country. When we met husband and wife Krishna and Sita in 2006 we were bowled over by their mission to support some of the poorest children in their community. Krishna and Sita are a committed Christian couple who displayed such passion, dedication and faith that it led to us partnering with them and since then we have not looked back!
The project has evolved since the early days of our partnership and the work that Krishna is doing now is out in the local community where he is helping very poor families with their basic needs. We work with the project through a child sponsorship scheme (run in Kathmandu and Pokhara) which is a necessity in order that the children can have access to the one thing that will give them the tool to break the cycle of poverty – an education. Despite improving school attendance rates there are many children still not enrolled even in primary education, and the majority of these are girls. All schooling in Nepal is private, so school fees must be paid, and the families must also find the money for school uniforms, books and stationary. This is simply out of reach for most of the families that Krishna works with.
However sponsorship often does not cover the full expenses required so extra support of the project is always necessary, as well as for extra food and clothing and unexpected events that have included 2 house builds (one was lost to a fire and one to a landslide) and of course our support after the devastating earthquakes that hit in 2015 that saw us raise £19,000.
But it is not all serious! Our support of these children also enables them to make special childhood memories when many have lives that sadly feature many adult responsibilities.