Building Education is a For-Purpose 501(c)3 organization that provides education to developing countries in efforts to alleviate poverty.
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OUR RESPONSE FOR COVID-19:
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
As Building Education's COVID-19 response, we plan to support the economic development of the country by creating income-generating sustainability projects and local businesses in rural villages within the community.
We are hosting 12 Empowerment Conferences in 3 Nepalese districts, with 4 villages per district. Starting in January 2021 and ending December 2021, we will travel all across Nepal to provide workshops that support our vision of turning rural villages into dignified, prosperous communities.
We are partnering with 3 Nepali social impact organizations to provide workshops:
The Peace Pad Project: Reproductive & Menstruation Health with opportunities for training to create reusable menstruation pads as an income-generating project.
Fin Lit Nepal: Financial Literacy that provides education on saving, budgeting, and investing.
Samartha Nepal: Business Model Canvas that teaches entrepreneurial mindset and skillset. The workshop will allow attendees to create a business idea, plan, and strategy for the initiative.
Our main focus is to identify challenges within the communities and to monitor the impact of increasing the employment rate while decreasing the poverty levels of the attendees.
By hosting empowerment conferences, we can support local Nepalese women in starting businesses and generating financial stability.
Our Projection for the future is to be able to better understand and assess the communities in which we host empowerment conferences. As a result, we can support the building of infrastructure, providing education, and creating income-generating projects within these villages.
With this solution, in the event that another global pandemic or catastrophe shall happen in Nepal, communities, especially the highly marginalized, will be further equipped to create solutions and financial independence themselves.
COVID-19'S IMPACT ON NEPAL:
The Nepalese (more than three million) depend on out-migration remittances as their main source of income, workers abroad contributing a quarter to Nepal’s GDP. In the last two months, remittances dropped to near 1%.
Another quarter of the GDP from agriculture is compromised since goods cannot be transported due to lockdown.
Nepal shares an open border with India and people can easily cross the border without any legal documents. However, official checkpoint health desks are only equipped with thermometers in their response to COVID-19. The mountainous districts of western Nepal are considered to be the most vulnerable because every Nepalese family has at least one member working in India, most of whom have now returned due to the lockdown.
But the biggest toll COVID-19 will have on the country is the global economic slow-down which is causing millions of Nepalese workers from foreign countries to return home unemployed.
Nepal is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe as the economy relies heavily on tourism, out-migration, and agriculture.
With millions coming home and lockdowns closing out tourists, this will cause:
1 A severe decline in tourism and a significant loss of jobs. Nepal's tourism sector generated in revenue and supported more than 1.05 million jobs directly and indirectly last year, according to the annual World Travel and Tourism Council research report.
2 Millions of Nepalis returning from out-migration unemployed. Presently, at least half of all Nepali households have one member of the family working abroad in India, the Gulf region, or Malaysia with many families relying on it as a main source of income.
3 Severe food insecurity as millions return from foreign countries. The government’s strict enforcement of domestic movement during the national lockdown has produced an absence of manpower in rural areas and could result in diminished harvests. A return of millions of Nepali migrants from abroad would likely trigger a surge in the domestic demand for food, which supply would find difficult to match. The already import-dependent Nepal would have to try to increase its import of foods from powerful neighbor India, which has already halted rice exports. However, with Nepal’s main generators of foreign currency, tourism and remittances, coming to sputtering stops, such action could cripple the nation’s already weak economy.
The trend of out-migration in Nepal has been a major construct to the lack of employment in the country; increased globalization, effects of poverty, food insecurity, economic hardship, unequal distribution of income, lack of employment, political unrest, war, and insecurity.
While Out-Migration has lowered poverty by 13%, it has had major effects on the development of the country which perpetuates dependence on aid.
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For more information, please check out our blog post on COVID-19 and Nepal here