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Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Economic Development, Education, International, International Economic Development, International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, Microfinance

Mission: Educate the Children provides educational opportunities for low-income women and children in Nepal. Programs include scholarships for indigent children, improvement of public school facilities, training of teachers, establishment of pre-primary education opportunities, and programs for rural women that incorporate literacy, health education, and income generation components.

Results: Over the course of nearly a quarter of a century, ETC's work has benefited at least 15,000 people directly and countless more indirectly. Residents of the areas in which we have worked have benefited from: (1) Improved public health conditions: ETC has constructed hundreds of sanitary toilets and offered public health training events for thousands of attendees. Chronic diarrhea and other bacterial illnesses are very common, and cause people to miss work and school, but these problems decrease significantly when people have and use sanitary toilets and begin to sanitize their drinking water, wash their hands more frequently, and keep their farm animals separately housed. (2) Improved nutrition and food security: ETC has helped farmers increase their yields significantly, and learn to grow/raise a wider variety of more nutritious foods. (3) Improved educational systems: ETC has improved schools both physically and in terms of the quality of education offered. Moreover, teacher job satisfaction and student attendance rates are higher, and student drop-out rates are lower, after ETC has worked in a given school compared to before, and compared to national averages. (4) Increased household incomes: ETC has helped women gain the skills and confidence to start their own businesses (often, but not always, agricultural). They also gain status in the community and are more willing and able to speak up for their own rights, advocate for community improvements, and participate actively in their children's educational processes. A major reason for ETC's success has been that we involve the target population all along, from the planning stages through implementation and evaluation. The residents of our project areas know that their specific needs and situations are being addressed, and they feel a real sense of ownership of the activities and results. This is important for immediate success as well as for long-term sustainability: because the residents are so engaged, the benefits of the work endure long after ETC has left a particular area to begin working in a new set of villages. In the immediate post-earthquake period, ETC responded quickly to meet villagers' urgent needs for shelter, and to enable the construction of dozens of temporary classrooms. Looking ahead, ETC will be closely involved in the reconstruction of sturdier school facilities. We will also continue our usual programming - helping women to grow more and better food, and to earn more money, will be even more important than ever before as families seek to rebuild their homes and their lives!

Target demographics: marginalized and impoverished people, especially women and children,

Direct beneficiaries per year: about 4,000 residents of rural Nepali villages

Geographic areas served: Nepal

Programs: (1) Women's empowerment - including literacy training and entrepreneurial training (2) Children's education - including infrastructure improvement, sponsorships to enable impoverished children to attend school, and teacher training (3) Sustainable agricultural development - including provision of supplies and training to help small farmers (mostly women) grow greater quantities of more nutritious food for their families and as an income-generating activity Please see our photo essays at http://www.etc-nepal.org/publications.php for more information about how ETC helps people to make better lives for themselves and their families.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Margaret S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

What an exceptional staff. So communicative. Love how efficient they are with funding. Keep up the great work.

1 Sally Wendkos O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been proud to contribute to ETC for more than twenty years. I admire its outreach program of education and support for entire families, not only children.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The story of "Educate the Children, Inc." is especially inspiring - in fore thought, planning, dedication and follow through. I've been to two fund raising events with Barbara Butterworth and Mike Gill (In the USA and in Nepal). They inspire the attendees with their passion for Nepal and the dedicated, solid work of ERC, their volunteers, staff and donors.

My wallet happily flew out of my pocket after I heard their presentations.

1 markturin

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have known, worked with and supported Educate the Children (ETC) for many years now. I am an anthropologist and linguist and have been working in Nepal for 25 years now. The community-focussed approach to engagement and ethical development to which ETC is committed is truly transformative and unique. I remain a great supporter of the work they do - and HOW they go about it. Keep the fire!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been very familiar with the community-focussed work of ETC for over 15 years, and remain impressed with their work. Since then, I have continued to follow, support and recommend ETC to colleagues and friends. More recently, I felt honored to be invited to join the Advisory Council and have been delighted to serve. Following the series of earthquakes that devastated Nepal in 2015, ETC-Nepal was very responsive and engaged with the communities that it serves and continues to advocate for the empowerment of historically marginalized communities.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about ETC and met volunteers in the nineties while I lived in Ithaca NY, and I was impressed by their focus on how to empower people. Since then, I have sponsored ETC rural women's groups. The members of these groups prosper by helping each other, by improving their farming skills, learning management, and acquiring literacy! They are proud to send their children - especially their daughters - to school.

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Donor

Rating: 5

ETC is making an invaluable contribution to improving life in rural Nepal by educating women, thus improving the life of their families. In women's cooperatives that are supported for several years by ETC, members acquire literacy and accounting skills, they learn about nutrition, improved gardening, and sanitation. With starting funds given to their group they implement these skills in their homes and gardens and raise their standard of living. They send their daughters to school. After a period of initial help from ETC, these groups continue independently, and often help new cooperatives to form. Time and again, reading letters from cooperatives that I helped to support, I have sensed joy and pride of achievement!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We've donated for about five years and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing our contribution goes really far.
We've helped individual children attend school and have supported a classroom; we've always received great feedback on how the money is being spent.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Each year when I am in Nepal, I visit the ETC project at its implementation area, an 11 hour bus ride from Kathmandu. What they do is remarkable - working with women, children, schools and local leaders to better the whole community though income generating projects, education, reconstruction and much more. I have worked extensively in Nepal and so am familiar with the work of many NGO's there. ETC's ability to do a lot with a little and be an integral part of the community puts them head and shoulders above most NGO's.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked in Nepal as an educator for more than 20 years and have had experience with numerous development projects during that time, ETC is one of the few that delivers on its promise to make a sustainable difference in the lives of the people it works with. ETC's approach is not top down but rather the organization works with villagers, women especially, to identify and respond to their needs. ETC's staff are in the field actively working with farmers, teachers, and children. The result was noticeable when I walked through the project area with some of the staff. Villagers knew the staff, and frequently came up to us to make suggestions or talk about progress, and in turn the staff knew the villagers by name. It is rare for NGO staff to have such a constant and visible presence in the areas they work in.

When visiting an area where ETC works, it is easy to see the impact - green kitchen gardens dot the hillsides, homes have latrines, and the area reveals a sense of pride in its accomplishments. This is an organization more than deserving of support.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board member on Educate the Children, Inc. for two years and can say it is the finest group of people with whom I have ever worked. The organization supports women and children by empowering them with the dream of education and a better future. All members of this organization strive tirelessly to bring hope to people in the most remote parts of Nepal and do so with the courage of champions.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with this organization for 25 years, in many capacities (volunteer, staff person, and board member), and both in the US and in Nepal. Educate the Children (ETC) is a very high quality small nonprofit organization running terrific programs in cooperation with communities in rural Nepal. The multifaceted programs are adjusted according to local needs and priorities, in full cooperation with the communities. Each program component (ie, women's groups, literacy classes, microfinance, health, school support, scholarships, agriculture) supports and reinforces the others, ensuring real impact and lasting positive change. I highly recommend Educate the Children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Having lived and worked in Nepal, I've seen these projects first-hand many times over many years, and have talked to participants and observed community meetings, literacy classes, women's group meetings, etc. Based on that, as well as on external evaluations and on over twenty years of personal involvement with the organization, I can state with confidence that Educate the Children's work with individuals and communities in Nepal is very high quality and has a long-term impact. Of particular significance is the ability of this relatively small organization to adjust interventions to the needs and desires of the communities, working in real partnership to address local needs, thereby truly empowering participants and creating strong local ownership of the projects. This is something that is difficult (if not impossible) for larger organizations -- driven by restricted funding -- to manage, and yet is absolutely essential for success.

I also would point out that it is noteworthy that supporters of (and donors to) Educate the Children include a good number of US-based academics (professors) whose field is Nepal, as well as many former Nepal Peace Corps volunteers, and also former ETC staff members (myself included). These are folks who have an insider's viewpoint and know how to critique what's going on. The fact that they are themselves donors speaks volumes for the quality of the organization's work. I've been involved with Educate the Children since 1992, serving in a wide variety of capacities including volunteer, staff, executive director, and board member. This group does good work! It would be great to have you join us in the effort!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I had heard of and donated to ETC before I joined its board but in the time since I have become even more impressed by how effectively the organization works in remote communities in Nepal. Ithaca-based staff do an extraordinary job on less than the proverbial shoestring, and staff in Nepal have gained recognition locally and more widely for being absolutely committed to working closely with community members on a variety of projects aimed not only at educating children from minority populations but also at educating and empowering their mothers and families. Few other nonprofits accomplish so much with so little. Working on the ETC Board has been an inspiring experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5

ETC does great work in Nepal with focus on low caste and ethnic minority women and children in local communities. It is small and highly effective, and I support them enthusiastically.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have supported ETC Nepal for a decade and a half, and will continue to do so. While other groups have "micro-lending" ETC actually has a plan to effect dramatic social change through their system of economic involvement in marginalized communities, with support on the ground and in-country experts. The letters we have received from the women's groups we have supported told the story—they have learned how to read, to add and substract, to become self-supporting. The women have become producers in their villages and their daughters are going to school as a result. Organic change over the long haul.

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Donor

Rating: 5

With 4 friends, I had the privilege to see in person ETC's positive impact on the lives of Nepali women and children. ETC is one of the most efficient and effective nonprofit organizations among the many I am familiar with. When women learn literacy, numeracy, leadership and how to improve their family's economic standing, it's clear that ETC's work brings about real change

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Donor

Rating: 5

ETC is a small NGO working with women and children, and hence, entire communities. I have been involved with them for 16 years and am so impressed with all that they do. I was originally drawn to their work with education of children, where scholarships, teacher training, and school improvement were making a difference. Over the years I have seen the development of their focus on women's groups, using an amazing six year plan in literacy, sanitation, animal husbandry, kitchen gardens, scholarships, and community organization including micro lending that has noticeably changed the lives of the women, the children, the families and the entire community for the better. I met a woman who had learned to read and to write who had opened a small store for her village. She showed us her ledger where she kept track of her business. I shall always remember the very proud smile from ear to ear that she had. I was also impressed with the changes I saw in the communities where ETC had been involved with double crop gardens, animals kept in neat pens, the villages overall cleanliness. and the sense of empowerment in the women's groups that welcomed us. The staff of ETC has worked diligently to improve life in Nepal.
This is the organization that I feel does the most with the money it is able to raise.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Educate the Children NGO is making a difference in Nepal. They arranged a trip for us to visit Nepal and meet the employees that are making a change in peoples lives. We visited 5 months after the earthquake and they were busy rebuilding what had been destroyed in the villages where they work. They have a sustainable model for change. Thank you for the work that you do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have followed the good work of Educate the Children (ETC) since its inception in 1988. I am an Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics from Cornell University, and have worked my entire professional career on the problem of increasing the level of living for poor people in low-income countries of Asia, with an emphasis on Nepal. ETC has developed a superb program of increasing the well-being of individual families in Nepal. They concentrate on the establishment of women's groups, which provide knowledge and credit to increase family food production, improve literacy for women, improve sanitation, and improve education. Their work in providing schools with reading material and other aids to improve childhood literacy and education has been exceptional.

Educate the Children's work following the devastating earthquake of 2015 has been remarkable. It is interesting to note that many other agencies with considerably more funding provided aid in the form of housing, agricultural seeds, etc., to earthquake victims by routing their aid through ETC, thereby acknowledging the high esteem that the agency is held in and also acknowledging the integrity and ability to move quickly exhibited by ETC. I personally donate funds to ETC.
-Prof. Daniel Sisler

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Advisor

Rating: 5

ETC has a remarkable track record getting things done in rural Nepal. I've been honoured to work with the organization in an advisory role over the last 15 years. They have the local relationships necessary to make real change happen.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Educate the Children has done a fantastic job responding to Nepal's devastating earthquakes in Spring 2015. Building upon their strong existing network in rural areas hit by the quake, they have built temporary shelter for hundreds of families and are working on school reconstruction plans now. I have been impressed with their response to the crisis and recommend ETC more strongly than ever!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of serving on the board of ETC for three years and continue to be amazed at what this organization can accomplish with extremely limited resources. Not only is their model of service delivery effective they have demonstrated their flexibility in responding to new needs resulting from natural disasters while maintaining true to their mission. One wishes we could be as effective and efficient with our efforts in the US given our vast resources.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been in the not-for-profit world for the better part of my fifty professional years. I was asked to be part of an organization--Educate the Children-- that has consistently made a difference in women and children's lives for over 25 years and has done so with fewer resources then the most efficient not-for-profits while delivering those services in another country.

I have come to learn in my short tenure on the board that ETC as an organization has created a model that has incorporated the inclusion of the women as leaders to achieve the ultimate goal of bring education to their children, addressing women's issues and providing them with the tools to create agricultural business to improve their own families nutrition while becoming an income base for their families.

With the support, education and guidance of dedicated local professionals the women are first provided basic literacy skills so important in promoting their children's education. Especially among the young women of Nepal. Then through a series of support groups they collectively begin to address women's issues as a whole rather then individuals which creates a stronger voice and base for change. With the assistance of mirco-loan funds they begin their businesses and with repayment of their miro-loans afford the expansion to other women.

With minimal support ETC also addresses the infrastructure needs of physical school spaces providing limited funds for refurbishing or building new schools with local craft persons and volunteers. Included in that process is the addition of sanitary facilities in the schools as well as in most of the homes of the women involved in the program. The availability of such sanitary facilities become extremely important for young women as they mature and begin to address critical health issues.

All of this is supported by less then a single FTE professional/support staff in the US and a dedicated group of educators and ag professionals in Nepal.

I am certain from my personal experience in the not-for-profit world that the most efficient organization in the US cannot begin to achieve what ETC has accomplished in Nepal over the past 25 years, I am glad to be associated with this organizations efforts.

1 lindafarthing

Advisor

Rating: 5

Educate the children does wonderful work in Nepal and has for over twenty years now. I was privileged enough to be its director for three years in the late 1990s, visited ETC in Nepal again in 2007 and am pleased to see the organization is still flourishing and still doing such a great job of providing community-based services to under-served populations. I remain a donor because I think it is so effective in the work it does.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fifteen years after I worked as Executive Director of Educate the Children for three and a half years, I remain an avid fan, volunteer and donor. As someone with almost 30 years working in development projects and low-income countries, this small organization works wonders in Nepal and serves as a model for what development work could and should be worldwide. I am always impressed by the spirit and commitment of staff and volunteers, and feel that ETC has created a community of people who all want to make a positive contribution to making life better for the most disadvantaged among us. Join it, you won't be disappointed!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As an Ithacan, I have long supported this wonderful group. Although unlike others I have no direct link to Nepal, I know people who have Nepali adopted children and who themselves have worked in Nepal. I know how great the need is, and how helpful ETC is to women & their families by helping them to help themselves, not simply with handouts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our interest in Nepal comes from six wonderful years living in that beautiful country - three as PC volunteers, and three as teachers in the International School in Kathmandu. It was my privilege to serve on the board of ETC back in the 1980s and my husband and I have been supporters ever since. This is an organization that does a wonderful job working in the field helping the Nepali people to become self-sufficient. It has been a joy to receive yearly updates from the women's organizations and students that we have supported and to see the difference ETC is making in their communities and lives. There are many organizations who want our money, but I know with ETC the money is actually going to help improve the lives of the Nepali people. I have been impressed by the hard work done in the country in the aftermath of the earthquakes in April - it is so good to see pictures of the children back in school now. Thank you, ETC!