Sponsor a Child

Sponsor a Dalit Girl Child

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At US$ 1 a day, you can sponsor a Dalit girl child’s education in Nepal with PFPA. 

In Nepal, 25.2% of people live below poverty line and almost 42% of people live in multidimensional poverty. Children from impoverished families are deprived of fundamental child rights. This is especially the case for children from Dalit (lower caste) family backgrounds.vAt home, and in society, these children face not only economic challenges, but also social challenges. Girls from poor Dalits family backgrounds are severely deprived of child rights. They are discriminated against because of being Dalit in society and a girl at home.

When parents have limited financial resources, they choose to educate their sons only. When parents face financial difficulties, their daughters have to leave school. Even when parents send their daughters to school, they hardly have the time to study at home as most of their time is spent helping their parents with household tasks. More workload at home, along with gender and caste-based discrimination in society, have left girls behind others in society.

How Does the Girl Child Sponsorship Impact a Girl’s Life?           

Economic Status:

Most Dalits are landless people, but some do have avery small piece of land. Consequently, they work on agricultural fields owned by others to maintain their livelihoods. Agricultural work is not available throughout the year as employers only hire extra labor during the planting and harvesting periods. Agricultural work is available only for a maximum three month period each year and for the rest of the year Dalits remain unemployed.

How Does Sponsorship Improve Economic Status?

The Girl Child Sponsorship Program provides regular financial contributions to the family. They will receive sponsorship every three months on a regular basis. As per our experience, regular economic resources work better and are utilized more properly.

Social Status:

Dalits are positioned at the bottom of traditional society. Their status in society is very low. Their participation in public decision making processesare not highly considered in most of traditional society. By being deprived from education, public participation, and economic opportunities in society, Dalits remain at the bottom of society.

How Does Sponsorship Improve Social Status?

There are many examples in Nepalese society where an educated Dalit with better economic status enjoys better social status. Caste-based discrimination is more frequent in regressive society than educated society. The sponsorship program provides financial resources to girls to continue their study. Therefore, they will enjoy better social status in future. Education also helps to reduce gaps between castes and social groups. Therefore, an equitable, just and fair society can be created.

The Government of Nepal gives higher emphasis to Dalit women when recruiting for government positions. However, there are very low numbers of school and university graduates from Dalit family backgrounds. The Girl Child Sponsorship Program assists girls from Dalit family backgrounds to complete their primary school, secondary school, and university education.

Gender Discrimination:

Gender discrimination in traditional Nepalese society is high and widespread. Although the situation is slightly improving compared to past, there are still a lot of improvements that can be made to reduce gender discrimination. Women in Nepal account for 51% of the population.However, their presence in government service, politics, higher education and social service is very low.  The main reason behind this is education. Women marry before they reach university level education and their role is limited by household work. They are treated as an economic burden in the traditional Nepalese family. On one hand, traditional society gives less freedom and opportunities to women.On the other hand, traditional society complains thatwomenare not able to perform well in society.

How Does Sponsorship Reduce Gender Discrimination?

Education plays a key role in reducing gender discrimination. It gives more freedom to women at the household level and at thesocietal level. The sponsorship program helps girls to continue their study, gives them extra confidence, and provides them with hope.

FAQs

 

How long can I sponsor a girl?

The minimum sponsorship commitment is one year. You can sponsor a girl until she completes higher secondary education (Class 12).

Extended sponsorshipsare also possible if you wish to sponsor a girl until she completes university education (bachelor’s degree), vocational training,or technical education. The sponsorship commitment for post-secondary education is US$ 3 a day.

Can I sponsor more than one girl?

Yes, it is possible to sponsor more than one girl. You can also sponsor a girl in the name of someone you love.

Can I sponsor a boy or girl from a non-Dalit (upper caste) family background?

Dalit girls are main target group of the Girl Child Sponsorship Program. The Girl Child Sponsorship Program only sponsorsgirls from Dalit family backgrounds as we identified Dalit girls as the most disadvantaged and deprived. Therefore, our focus is on empowering Dalit girls through our sponsorship program.

Why choose PFPA to sponsor a girl?

PFPA is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that has its physical presence and ground structures in Nepal. PFPA works directly with local communities in Nepal. We are registered with the Government of Nepal and affiliated with more than eight local and international networks.

Is sponsoring a girl a good idea?

Your money will help those who are in need. By being a sponsor, you are investing your money on education and you are helping the most disadvantaged and deprived of the Dalit population in Nepal. In addition, you are also helping to create an equitable, fair, just, and poverty-free society.

How it Works

Step 1: Contact us with your details (i.e., your basic information and a photograph of yourself)

Step 2: Our staff will provide a profile of our children in need.

Step 3: Make a payment

Step 5: We will provide a photograph of the child and the child’s parents receiving the first installment. We will be in keep in touch with you to updates news and progress about the sponsored child.

Communicating with your Sponsored Child: If you wish to communicate with the sponsored child, we will provide a full postal address of child’s location. With this, you can exchange letters with the child you sponsor.

Please contact us at info@pfpa.org.np for more information.