Girl's School

The Nepal House Girls school which was opened in May of 2011 was in response to a need that was highlighted by observations that were made by members of the community in Pokhara, Nepal. The influence of poverty, family trauma and a lack of resources within the community were placing a number of young girls at risk for further and profound trauma. The idea behind the Girls School was to give some of these young girls and their families an opportunity to resist the negative influences of poverty and distress which were influencing these girls and families to see their situation as one in which hope, compassion and kindness were distant.

The plan is to grow the school organically, one grade at a time. In 2011, we will start the school with twelve girls and when these girls move to grade one in 2012, we will bring in another twelve girls to start kindergarten. This organic growth will allow the counselling staff and teaching staff to get to know each of these girls and families intimately. Why is this important? This is important because we plan on staying connected with these girls and these families for a long time. Some girls and their families may require our support for long periods of time, others less; but the goal is to follow them for as long as we can. This will be especially important for those young women who come from orphanages and tend to not have that extra layer of support and protection as they age out of the orphanage, sometimes at a young age. 

The girls who will attend Nepal House school will not only be getting an education, but they will receive therapy, health care, meals and their families will be assisted as well. If we are going to change the lives of these girls, we need to include their families in the process. Parents and caregivers will work closely with school and counselling staff, not only on issues related to education; but employment strategies for parents, nutrition, child safety (emotional and physical), safe housing and access to other community supports.

This is an ambitious undertaking, but one that has received support from many sectors of the Nepali Community. We hope that you will follow along on this journey of growth and support these young girls and their families.