About our foundation
Our foundation was built to ensure that every Nepali child, regardless of ethnic or economic background, has a chance for a successful future. At Reinstalling Hope, we are committed to improving student learning and well-being through quality instruction, improved learning facilities, extracurricular activities, scholarships, and community programs. 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.
There are two education systems in Nepal — one private and the other public. The majority of private schools exist in larger urban areas, leaving public schools as the sole educational opportunities in rural and suburban Nepal. The success of all schools, public or private, is measured by the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) Test, an exam which students must pass to advance to the 11th grade. Less than 30 percent of public school students pass this exam yearly, compared to over 90 percent for public school students. 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 school, 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 vision for a better future in these schools, and invite you to learn about our solutions this problem. We hope you will be inspired, and get involved in creating change!
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: one which incorporates the perspective and interests of all individuals involved. At the moment, our team works intimately with three partner schools: Gorakh Nath Secondary School, Shree Champadevi Secondary School, and Shree Baghbhairab School. Our directors and officers discuss prevalent issues with teachers and students, 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.
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 have also connected volunteers from all around the globe to our development projects in Nepal. The volunteers, both local and foreign, learn about the Nepali culture and education system, experience new sights and sounds, and make an 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. 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. Beginning with our three partner schools, we hope to expand in the future, and improve learning and health in 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.