NCEP strives to facilitate an enriching educational experience for each of our scholars. Education creates possibilities, and our scholars’ success is our success.
Every cent we receive from donors is accounted for and spent only on educational costs like tuition for the children we support. We are committed to exceeding expectations and achieving top grades in every aspect of our operations.
Program success refers to how effectively our sponsorship programs – from the student and school selection processes, to the support we provide each NCEP scholar to help them succeed, to our methods of evaluation – align with our values.
Success takes many different forms, and we believe it is important to understand – and to share – the story of each of our scholars in order to learn how they have derived value from their education. Our metrics for assessing student progress do not reduce these stories into numbers, but provide us with a balanced report card through a mix of quantitative and qualitative measures.
We believe that education makes a difference. We believe that education teaches children to dream big, and empowers them to pursue these dreams. It is a sustainable form of aid that helps people help themselves rather than creating ongoing dependency; an investment in education is not just an investment in individuals, but in the prosperity and well-being of communities over the long-term. When we evaluate the success of our programs, therefore, we use a broad range of short-term and long-term, and quantitative and qualitative measures to capture the myriad ways in which education can make a difference.
One way of monitoring the value of education in the short-term is by reviewing the grades that NCEP scholars attain at school. However, this does not tell the whole story. By keeping in close contact with NCEP scholars – while they are attending school as an NCEP scholar and after they have graduated – their families, and their teachers, we are able to gauge their development, enable opportunities that are a good fit for them, identify areas for improvement, and tell their stories both in a much more meaningful way. This commitment to each NCEP scholar is a promise that is at the heart of what we do, and one we make to each student we sponsor.
NCEP is committed to continuous improvement, and an integral element of our sponsorship programs is to open two-way channels of communications that connect our team in Canada with our donors, volunteers, scholars, and their teachers and families in Nepal. This allows us to learn from their experiences with NCEP, and adapt our programs accordingly.
As a federally-registered Charity, we take our responsibility of managing your donations very seriously. We run a lean organization. We have no paid staff and seek out pro-bono support, in-kind contributions and corporate donations to keep our overhead costs even lower. The result: whenever you make a private donation, more of your donation goes directly toward all the educational needs – tuition, books, uniforms and stationary – of these children. We regularly review our operational practices, observe accounting best-practices, and have our books in Nepal audited annually by an independent auditor.
ALL FOR THE CHILDREN
We pride ourselves on being a lean organization with almost no Canadian overhead, so over 98% 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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