One Ru­pee School

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Awo­man in Kathmandu is run­ning a school for street chil­dren that of­fers them free ed­u­ca­tion, one meal a day, text­books, sta­tionery and uni­forms. This one-of-a-kind project was the brain­child of Mala Kharel who was deeply touched by the story of a young street girl who had been raped by a priest who lured her with the prom­ise of a five ru­pee note.

She started out with four girls, all vic­tims of abuse, and be­gan ed­u­cat­ing them. In 2005, Mala opened the Bal Sarathi Academy and paid for ev­ery­thing her­self ini­tially. She later got help from an Amer­i­can spon­sor for 75 stu­dents. The school also gets support from Ac­tion Aid and has eight vol­un­teer teach­ers.

Another pe­cu­liar fea­ture of Mala’s school is its unique way of gath­er­ing do­na­tions - the Rs 1 cam­paign which asks donors to pledge to give one ru­pee a day to the school. The num­ber of con­trib­u­tors has now grown to 85 and the school raises up to Rs 13,000 a month from the ini­tia­tive.

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