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Q: Does NCEP have any religious or political affiliations?

A: No. NCEP is a secular, independent, volunteer-run non-governmental organization (NGO) with no religious or politically-motivated goals. Our only motivation is to help disadvantaged Nepali children gain access to education.

Q: Does NCEP build or operate schools in Nepal?

A: No. We work with the existing infrastructure (i.e. schools, teachers and curriculum) and focus on addressing the financial barriers to education by providing students with comprehensive academic scholarships. Currently, NCEP does not have the capacity or funding to engage in school-building projects.

Q: What curriculum do the students learn?

A: Student’s sponsored by NCEP attend public schools and thus receive the same curriculum as any other Nepali child. In addition, NCEP scholars also receive regular enrichment programs including academic skill enhancements, career counselling, creative writing, public speaking, art and dance and more.

Q: NCEP has operations in Nepal and Canada – how does that work? Are you one organization or two?

A: NCEP is a registered charity based in Canada that partners with Canopy Nepal, a registered NGO in Nepal. NCEP raises funds internationally and across Canada and directs these funds to Canopy Nepal who executes our programs on the ground in Nepal based on a mutually agreed budget and mandate. NCEP and Canopy have a deep history of working together and are in constant close communication with one another. We maintain regular financial oversight to ensure the funds sent are spent appropriately and in accordance with our mandate. We achieve this by meeting regularly with the Canopy team to reconcile all expenditures against bank records and receipts.  We also meet twice a month to discuss the scholar’s progress and needs.

Q: I’ve read that males continue to be favoured over females for education. Is NCEP doing anything to address this?

A: Female education is vitally important. Apart from basic issues of equity, the literature clearly shows that there are numerous positive ripple effects from educating women. Sadly, women in Nepal and around the world remain disproportionately under-educated. NCEP is addressing this issue by ensuring that, at a minimum, 50% of our sponsored students are females. An educated girl is an educated mother, family, village and world.

Q: What is your organization doing to protect against child abuse and child labour, and to promote child rights?

A: The guiding principles of NCEP are based on children’s rights. NCEP has collaborated with organizations including MAITI Nepal, World Vision and Rotary International, all of whom have an equally strong focus on children’s rights and preventing child exploitation. NCEP maintains many internal controls to monitor that child labour or exploitation is not taking place with any of the schools and families we work with.

Q: What is your organization doing to root out and prevent cases of child abuse and child labour?

A: One of the requirements for NCEP to sponsor a child is that he/she must have a supportive home environment. We work with their parents/guardians to ensure that the child does not participate in child labour and is not subject to exploitation in any way. All schools that NCEP works with must sign a Memorandum of Understanding stating that under no circumstances will any form of child abuse or corporal punishment be tolerated against any student at the school. In certain extreme cases NCEP has found alternative, supportive home environments for scholars who were facing forms of abuse and neglect.

ALL FOR THE CHILDREN

We pride ourselves on being a lean organization with almost no Canadian overhead, so over 97% of your money goes directly to our programs. We conduct weekly calls with our team in Nepal to ensure progress towards our goals, respond to challenges and opportunities, and thoroughly review the financial records to make sure every dollar goes where it should.

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