One Rupee School
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.