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Spring
2010

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT:
AGRICULTURE AT THE HEART OF WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT

"Agriculture training and education is a key component to women's empowerment and self-sufficiency."
-Mira Rana, ETC Nepal Executive Director


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Greetings!

For the last two years, Educate the Children has operated primarily in the Dolakha District of Nepal.  With the support of generous friends, we have been able to accomplish a great deal in a short period of time.  ETC Nepal Executive Director, Mira Rana, reports that one key component to women's empowerment and self-sufficiency, including income generation, is the agriculture training and education they receive through ETC. In the past two years, ETC's agriculture program has made a tremendous impact.  Here are a few examples:

   3 Agriculture Demonstration Farms have been established
   865 women 's group members received orientation and established kitchen gardens
   665 women's group members received bio-pesticide training
   90 women's group members received compost-making training
   20 women have started semi-commercial vegetable farming
   42 women's group members received soil solarization training
   46 women's group members received intensive vegetable production training
   1,300 persimmon and 635 orange trees were distributed to 865 women's group members

There is still a great deal more work to do, with many women waiting to be able to join our programs. Thanks to our friends like you, we will continue to assist these women as they help themselves.

Namaste,

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Asmita: From Last to First

Before her mother became a member of ETC's Rikipole Women's Group, Asmita Thami was last in her third-grade class at Sundrawti Primary School. Her academic performance was extremely low. Asmita's parents couldn't afford proper uniforms and school supplies.  They were not supportive of her education because they were so overwhelmed by educational and household expenses.


Then Asmita's mother joined the women's group, and Asmita received a scholarship from ETC to cover the cost of her fourth-grade uniform, school bag, school fees and supplies. She began to enjoy school and received a great deal of encouragement from her parents to study hard, as they were relieved that the burden of their daughter's educational expenses had significantly decreased.

Asmita is now first in her fourth-grade class and her favorite subjects are English and Science. She loves school and is excited by learning. She wants to remain in school and hopes to be able to attend college. Her mother's participation in the ETC women's group made a lasting impact on Asmita's life - a love of education and a path out of poverty.

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BECOME A SPONSOR!

You can become a partner in lasting change for Nepal. Educate the Children offers two types of sponsorships: Child and School Sponsorship ($240/Year) and Women's Group Sponsorship ($500/Year).   Sponsors can be individuals, families, groups of friends, clubs, classes or book groups. Sponsors receive annual updates and make a lasting change in the lives of those they help.

To sponsor, please visit www.etc-nepal.org/sponsorship.php.



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Independent Evaluation Confirms...


A recent independent evaluation commissioned to thoroughly examine ETC's work in Nepal revealed some amazing statistics on the impact of our programs and their lasting contribution to the lives of the participants. Here are some of the highlights:

   91% of women who participate in ETC women's group programs achieve basic literacy, passing the literacy exam, compared to the national women's literacy rate of 53%.
   After learning how to cultivate and sell their kitchen garden excess, the average household income of women's group participants is on average 15,347 Rupees higher than non-participant households.
   100% of women's group participants enroll their children in school, which results in a significantly lower dropout rate in ETC areas (at all grade levels) than the national average.
   A significantly higher rate of students who complete the ETC kindergarten program pass their SLC exam than those who do not attend ETC pre-primary education programs.


ETC Forms Pamela Carson Society

This winter the Board of Trustees established the Pamela Carson Society to recognize individuals who contribute to the life of ETC by placing a provision for Educate the Children in their will or estate plan.

Named for ETC's amazing founder, Pamela Carson, the society honors those who have made a legacy gift to insure that ETC remains a strong and vibrant life-transforming catalyst in Nepal.

If you wish to receive more information on how you can join the Pamela Carson Society, please contact Caitlin Wood at:

607-272-1176
caitlin.wood@etc-nepal.org

If you have already remembered ETC in your will, please let us know so we can recognize your incredible generosity.

Thank you!


DONATE TODAY!

Success stories like the ones you have read in the newsletter are made possible by the generous donations of friends like you.   Thanks to our supporters, Educate the Children is able to work, side-by-side, with the poorest Nepalese to help them transform their lives through education, credit, agriculture, and health programs.


We hope that you will take a moment now to support Educate the Children.  By making a tax-deductible gift today, you will help ensure that thousands more women in Nepal have the opportunity to improve their own lives and feed and educate their families.


To make a gift, visit us online at www.etc-nepal.org or contact the ETC office at 607-272-1176.