We focus on Kathmandu for two reasons.
First, this is where we have a presence. Our Co-founder lives in Kathmandu, so this was a logical place to start, and we have simply grown from there, developing vast networks and key partnerships with schools, colleges and businesses in the area.
Second, Kathmandu represents a high-needs area. While we acknowledge that much of rural Nepal lacks even the basic infrastructure required for education (and thus has a strong need as well), a growing trend has seen more and more Nepali families pack-up their rural subsistence-farming life and move to the city – to Kathmandu – in seek of better opportunity. The sad reality is that, often, the city is not the land of opportunity they had hoped for. Families end up living in horrible conditions, struggle to find work, and cannot afford the fees to send their children to school. Over 80% of the students we currently support are the unfortunate victims of this exact scenario.