URGENT NEED:  COVID-19 Crisis and Our Children in Nepal

Imagine the impact of COVID-19 on a struggling country where one-third of its people live below the poverty line. You are imagining Nepal. Millions of Nepalese are out of work with no government support.

Until this crisis, the school we support in the small village of Bauniya – Mikey Medium English School (MMES) – was making tremendous progress.  But the future looks challenging. Families who previously paid full tuition have offered to make partial payments after the November harvest. Many families don’t even have this option.

The need is urgent. Without an immediate influx of funds, The children in the village would lose what has become a place of hope for a productive future in their country.  Your donation will help MMES weather the COVID-19 storm. Every dollar helps a child.

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Grassroots Education Nepal (GEN) is a not-for-profit organization established to help Mikey Medium English School (MMES) in Far Western Nepal achieve its dream: high-quality education for boys and girls, whether they come from families who can afford tuition or from those who are socially and economically marginalized.

GEN is guided by a 14-member Board of Directors focused on two major priorities: to ensure MMES has the means to educate as many impoverished children from the village of Bauniya as possible and to help put the school on a self-sustaining path. In the past three years, this goal became a reality with the construction of a larger school facility, supported financially by GEN. Prior to COVID-19, the school’s size helped make it financially possible for tuition to cover operating costs and some scholarships. GEN’s financial support helps keep the scholarship level at 50 students out of the total of 300.


September 2020 COVID-19 Update in the words of our Principal, Balraj Bhat:

“Students are coming to school.  The future is not secure in our locality.  It is our last attempt to teach at school. Online teaching is not effective we can only cover 15% students.  So we have called them at school.
There were 135 students in the classroom.
This school year getting more worse than I expected.
Teachers are trying their best.  I hope everything will be better soon.”