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Every child deserves an education.

Strong Roots NYC aims to provide students in Nepal with opportunities in education. We do this with your help.

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The problem

About one in five children, aged four years, is not enrolled in pre-school throughout Nepal. 40% of children entering grade 1 in Nepal have had no foundational education and only three quarters of those who enter at grade 1 make it to grade 8.

Dropout rates of grade school students is on a significant decline in Nepal. (UNICEF, 2016) Without a strong educational foundation, children are entering their school career at a severe disadvantage. When these young children are unable to succeed it becomes understood that they would be more useful in the home or with a job.

In Balkhu Slum, the home of Strong Roots Preschool, if students are not enrolled in school they are typically found on the streets, begging and scavenging for scraps of food.

Our role

Strong Roots preschool provides these students with a productive, safe, and healthy alternative: a quality, foundational education. Strong Roots NYC, a New York based non-profit, supports the efforts of Strong Roots Preschool through a student sponsorship program, various projects, and professional development for Strong Roots educators.

Tejendra's story

I was born and grew up in a rural village of eastern Terai region of Nepal. As most of the kids in the rural village, I too completed my schooling from a public school. The public school was located about one and half hour walking distance away from my village. It didn’t offer quality education and had more holidays as there was less effective monitoring system.

Usually we had morning classes as it used to get hotter in the summer. During the break time, before and after school I used to herd goats along with one of my friend, Umesh. I had to take care of my own- family’s goats while, Umesh, used to herd other people’s goats. We enjoyed a lot together; we usually used to play by riding on the back of the goat assuming them to be our own horses.

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