Our first project will take place in Nepal.
Nepal ranks as one of the poorest countries of the world, with a population of approximately 29 million people.
Research shows that 38% of the Nepali population is living on less than US $1 per day, and 82% on less than US $2 per day.
Due to this high rate of poverty, the rural poor Nepalese people generally have large families, are landless or have very small landholdings, and have high rates of illiteracy.
It is not uncommon to see children working in Nepal. Although such industries as carpet makers are now careful not to show children working, it is not uncommon to see children working as vendors, in hotels, as servants, or sitting under a tailor's sewing machine on the street. A lot of them are engaged in agriculture, most as unpaid family workers.
Although the situations is gradually improving, access to education heavily depends on caste, economic status, geographical location, and culture. Most schools are in urban areas and children living in remote areas often have to walk several miles to get there. Facilities are generally primitive and classes of up to one hundred students are not unusual.
The school we will be focusing on during our trip is "The Zeke O'Connor High School" in the village of Phaplu. This school was built by the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation in conjunction with the Rotary Club of West Calgary and the Local NGO. This new facility is the first High School in the Solu-Khumbu area with Science being taught in grades 11 and 12. It accommodates 150 students who wouldn't normally have the opportunity to study sciences in the remote area of Nepal. The money raised will help bring water to the school and thus offer better hygiene practices to the kids. We will also bring school supplies and uniforms for the children and offer our time and hard work to help with what needs to be done while we are there.