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About Us

Our Mission

Our foundation was built to ensure that every child, regardless of socio-economic background, has a chance for a quality education and a successful future. At Reinstalling Hope, we are committed to improving student learning and well-being through quality education resources, improved learning facilities, extracurricular activities, scholarships, and community programs. We also offer various training skill boosts and leadership training to youths. Through our fellowship program, we also facilitate the drafting of research-based education policies to multiply our impact. We promise to always act in the best interest of our partner schools and students and to ensure that 100% of donations are put towards this mission.

The Issue

There are three education systems in Nepal — private, public, and gurukula. The majority of private schools exist in larger urban areas, leaving public schools and gurukulas as the sole educational opportunities in remote, rural, and suburban Nepal. The success of all schools, public or private, is conventionally measured by the Secondary Education Examination (SEE) which the students take during the end of their tenth grade. Students must pass this examination to advance to the 11th grade and continue higher education. In 2023, only 0.8 percent of students from public schools were able to secure a GPA above 3.6, compared to 11 percent of students from private schools indicating a huge disparity in education. Similarly, according to UNICEF’s 2022 report, rural and poor children have a school completion rate below the national average. There are many reasons behind this disparity. Firstly, student attendance in public schools is low and inconsistent. According to UNICEF, rural Nepali secondary schools have only 40% attendance rates and less than 30% in the poorest third of the population. Low attendance rates are not uncommon in developing countries, as parents must often weigh the benefits of a low-quality education against the benefits of having children available for farm work and labor. Unfortunately, even for the children who regularly attend Nepali public schools, learning environments can still fall short. Public schools often lack extracurricular activities, whether they be sports teams, after-school programs, or clubs. Classroom environments are similarly uninspired — hard-working teachers may be discouraged by low attendance rates, and many schools lack important facilities and learning materials to facilitate learning. As a result, student outcomes are often sub-par, despite eager children and committed faculty. At first glance, Nepali public education might seem hopeless, but it is not. We at Reinstalling Hope have a vision for a better future in these schools and invite you to learn about our solutions to this problem. We hope you will be inspired, and get involved in creating change!

Integrative Model

Reinstalling Hope was founded in hopes of improving education and well-being for Nepal’s most impoverished public school students. Rather than fixating on a particular group or aspect of Nepali public education, our model follows an integrative approach that incorporates the perspective, interests, and needs of all individuals involved. Our team works intimately with our partner schools to curate the best solution. Our team leaders and officers thoroughly discuss prevalent issues with teachers, parents, and students, and then provide customized assistance for each school. Based on the needs and concerns presented, interventions may focus on financial support, material provision, health programs, or other forms of assistance through our programs. At present, we have been focusing on creating digital infrastructure in schools in rural and remote parts of Nepal that seriously lack teachers, education materials, and financial support. In these schools, we install the necessary digital equipment (projector, smartboard, computer labs) and conduct virtual classes for students led by our talented volunteers. Our integrative model has helped us build genuine relationships with students and faculty alike. In the past, our team has taught English classes, built school libraries, distributed clothing for needy children, organized dental health camps, and provided full scholarships for nearly 50 high-achieving, impoverished students. We have participated in school-wide sports days, sat in on teacher meetings, and shared meals with faculty members. All this has served to develop trust between the organization and our partner schools — an invaluable part of what we do.

We also conduct several programs outside the confines of schools as well as. Through our Fellowship Programs, we empower youths to research an education issue, find a solution, and implement it. Our Skill Boost programs teach important skills such as coding, graphic design, video editing, photography, and more to students. The Leadership and Management module, curated to the needs of the youths of Nepal who hope to initiate positive change in society, provides the tools and techniques to enhance their leadership skills. All our programs tackle the multifaceted problem of Nepal’s education system from different ends with the sole goal of improving the education quality and its access to children, eventually cultivating a generation of citizens who are well-prepared in all aspects to run the nation and solve the pressing contemporary issues.

All our programs and achievements are possible because of our kind donors and motivated volunteers. We have connected volunteers from all around the globe to our education projects in Nepal. The volunteers, both local and foreign, learn about the Nepali culture and education system, experience new sights and sounds, and make a long-lasting impact on people’s lives all at the same time. Our model for improving Nepali public education is backed by research on education in developing countries as well as our team’s surveys, studies, and reports. Through your contributions to this 501(c)(3) organization, we are confident Reinstalling Hope will continue increasing student performance and well-being, while also supporting teachers and school communities. We hope to expand our work and impact in the future and improve the education and health of Nepali public school students nationwide. However, we cannot do this alone. We are constantly looking for people to join the Reinstalling Hope team, whether as volunteers, donors, or partners. With your help, we will bring hope back to Nepal’s most underprivileged students.

Our Partner Schools

Gorakh Nath Secondary School

Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Shree Baghbhairab School

Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Naimisharanya Sanskrit Gurukul

Dhukikhal, Kavre, Nepal

Shree Naraharinath Gurukul

Chitwan, Nepal

Mata Pavitradevi Vidhyashram

Dang, Nepal

Shree Manakamana Sanskrit Gurukula

Kapilvastu, Nepal

Shree Champadevi Secondary School

Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Our Partners

Our Team

Asmod Khakurel

Program Director

Kenyon College
Visiting Scholar at Oxford University

Laxman Bista

Program Designer & Coordinator

Dartmouth College
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Bishwas Thapa

Director of Technology

Snow College

Pratham Pathak

Local Program Coordinator

Fisk University

Manjul Bhusal Sharma

Co-Founder

Kenyon College
University of Chicago

Maher Latif

Co-Founder

Kenyon College
Schwarzman Scholar
Fulbright Scholar

Aldis Petriceks

Director of Outreach Strategy

Kenyon College
Harvard University

Roman Shrestha

Executive Member

Vassar College

Kriti Ghimire

Social Media Manager

Sokar University of America

Aabiskar Thapa Kshetri

Executive member

Lehigh University

Julie France

Public Affairs Adviser & Editor

Kenyon College
University of Chicago (MBA)

Mathura Khanal

Advisor

Tribhuwan University