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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
I am an anthropologist and linguist who has been working in Nepal and the wider Himalayan region for over 20 years. In the course of that time, I have come into contact with a great number of non-profit projects working in the region. ETC-Nepal is by far the most innovative, exciting and committed that I have had the pleasure of getting to know. Their engagement with the concerns of local communities and the collaborative framework that underpins their work is truly first rate. Out of appreciation for their work, I agreed to join their US-based Advisory Council, and have seem their work first hand in Dolakha district in central eastern Nepal where I have a long-standing and ongoing relationship with local communities.
My first involvement with ETC Nepal was in 1992, when I met the founder, Pamela Carson, in Ithaca, NY. She started ETC as a vehicle for keeping students in school and it has evolved into an Energizer Bunny of an NGO, always moving forward, always improving its methods. In my years as a board member, I was able to see the impact ETC's work had in the field, working primarily with women and children. ETC's staff in Nepal is 100% Nepali, which adds to the organization's ability to plan effectively and realistically. During many hours of conversations with the staff I came to know a group of highly dedicated professionals who work long hours, without many of the "fancy" extras that one often sees in international nonprofits. For example, staff use public transportation instead of riding in expensive SUVs. There is an ethic of frugality because the staff are committed to using the maximum amount of funding to enhance the programs they carry out. This is an organization that inspires its donors and the people it serves. There is no organization I have been more committed to than ETC, and I would encourage anyone interested in making a difference in the lives of others to get involved as well.