In 2012 BFSS awarded a grant of £15,000 pa for 4 years (subject to annual review) to Kidasha towards a multi-agency project, The Consortium for Working Children Kaski, in Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city. The grant helps with the cost of school attendance for over 300 children and also with specialist support for the children and their families to ensure their continued attendance through counselling and home visits.
Kidasha (formerly Child Welfare Scheme) has supported street and working children in Nepal since 1997. On this project it is working with a local partner, Sathi Nepal, which has over 10 years’ experience in (re)integrating children into mainstream education and supporting their retention, progression and attainment.
As Kidasha’s Report for 2013-14 shows, the project plays an important role in contributing to the Millennium Development Goals. In 2012-13 93% of children supported by the project passed their end of year exam (92% in 2013-14) and 50% passed their School Leaving Certificate (equivalent to GCE level). This is a very challenging exam with a national pass rate of 41.6% and a pass rate in Government schools of only 28%. Given the target group and the schools with which Sathi Nepal works, the project achievement of 50% pass rate is very significant and provides good evidence of the impact of the project.