Project information

Education - breaking the cycle of poverty in Nepal

WWR helps vulnerable women. We want to help break the cycle of poverty and low self-esteem in their families by educating their children.

January 2018 - December 2020

Charity information: Women Without Roofs - Nepal

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  • Need


    Almost all the women that WWR support are uneducated and illiterate. Consequently they do the most menial jobs, like labouring on building sites, selling at markets, or domestic cleaning. They have no job security and can be abused and exploited by their employers.
    We don't want their children's lives to be like this.


    WWR desires that all the children of our women attend school and are educated, so they have the choice of better ways to earn money when they are older. We will give the women at least enough to send their children to a government run school, but if a woman chooses to put the money towards a private school (very common and far better) then we believe it is her right and choice to do this. We encourage the women we support to make decisions about their children, thus empowering them.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure all children of our women, under the age of 17 attend school


    » Monthly education payment
    » Ad-hoc purchase of books and uniform if required to enable school enrollment

    What success will look like

    Through regular contact with our women and oversight of their children's school reports and attendance records.

    Aim 2

    College and university enrollment


    » For children with aptitude and a desire to study subjects that will benefit Nepal (e.g. medical courses, engineering etc) we will provide grants

    What success will look like

    Students will be required to keep in direct contact with the trustees of WWR and submit examination results to them.

    Aim 3

    To ensure that children with special needs are taught in a manner & environment that is appropriate


    » Enable two children with cerebral palsy to attend a school set up and run by the parents of special needs children.

    What success will look like

    By visiting the school for children with special needs and monitoring the care they receive from the school.

  • Impact


    Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty among the families we support in Nepal. Education provides choices and options otherwise unavailable.
    Through our long-term relationships with the women and their children we are able to track their progress and careers. We gather stories and case studies of children that have gone on to successful jobs.
    WWR has already supported children who have obtained excellent SLC results and others who have studied bio-medics, nursing and public health


    One of the main risks is that the children we educate do not remain in Nepal and choose instead to leave the country taking their skills elsewhere.
    Such is the state of the country that we understand why young people want to leave and we realise that we cannot prevent this. However we do ask that those who do leave support others left behind. In so doing they create a new cycle of help and empowerment.


    Regular newsletters share news of our work including success stories from our women and their children. We always celebrate exam results in our newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 School Enrollment School enrollment costs for all of the children currently supported by WWR over 3 years
      £1,000 Ad-hoc books and uniform costs As required in order to enable children to be admitted to school
      £2,000 College enrollment Grants made to students with aptitude and wishing to study subjects that will benefit Nepal
      £1,800 Special needs school enrollmen To enable the families of special needs children to send them to the Parents Self Help school

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Existing education sponsors £1,440 Conditional
    Big Give 2017 £8,390 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Kathmandu, Nepal.
    This is a built up urban area where families generally live in a single room. Infrastructure is minimal and many families have neither running water nor electricity. Toilets are shared with other families.


    All of the women WWR supports are on their own, perhaps the husband has died, is in prison or has simply run away. There are no social services in Nepal and so WWR provides rent and medical bills which help the women get back on their feet.
    Most of the women we help have children to support, who are often ostracised and suffer from poor diets, lack of clothing, and find it difficult to attend school.
    We hope to offer them a better future through education.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a local team of native Nepali staff who have excellent relationships with all the women we support. They see them regularly and the particular issues the women face are known to them. They are able to identify families and children most in need.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Oversight of the project in Kathmandu - a mother herself she knows the hard choices our women face and understands them well.


    Supervising the women and meeting with them regularly. A mother herself also, she is kind and caring knows the education system in Nepal well.

It was not only the financial support, it was a emotional boost up for me. All those painful emotions which I hold when my father had to leave the job due to illness.I had no option other than leaving the college.But you stood there lending me your helping hand, which are the priceless gift for me.

Kalyani - Bio-medical engineering student