The Nepal Living Standards Survey of 2010-2011 shows that the country has an adult literacy rate of 56.6%, with a huge disparity between males and females. The male literacy rate is 71.6% compared with 44.5% for women. Lack of educational opportunity is one of the main reasons for this. Many parents are unable to send their children to school due to very low incomes. The children have been obliged to work in agriculture to sustain their families. Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries, with more than half of the population living on less than $1.25 a day. CDC Nepal has designed a child sponsorship program in the belief that small contributions of money and supplies can positively change the lives of many poor and needy children in Nepal.
CDC Nepal supports the poorest children for education through individual sponsorship program. In this program any school, organization, club or individuals can fill up CDC Nepal sponsorship form on behalf of a needy child. The organization collects such applications every year one month before the educational terms starts. Then CDC Nepal working committee meets and selects the needy children and recommends them for sponsorship. Donors can also select a child to be sponsored through CDC Nepal for his/ her education.
The sponsored children will receive education on a private English school as well as the government school in Kathmandu. They can receive school dress, school monthly fees,school stationery, medical treatment and food when needed etc.