The School: Bal Sarathi
I had no idea what the school was like when the gracious Rekha drove us through the Kathmandu traffic to the school. She told us that the majority of the kids came from very poor families and begged on the streets before coming to school. And just like the other school, this would be the first time they would have had an author.
As I entered the building the lovely painting on the wall of rainbows and dinosaurs hid the cracks on the wall and the uneven floors. It was not your typical school building that we would see in more developed worlds but there was a great sense of home and protectiveness for the kids that overshadowed everything else.
An extract from the school:
“Bal Sarathi, has come forward to deal with the problems of the disadvantaged children and their parents and provide them support, education, care, love and aims to contribute to realize the goal with the development and welfare of the children in Nepal. It’s a bitter future for children born into low-caste family status a bleeding , cultural wound that continues to haunt Nepal.
Balsarathi is making its efforts to those poor children since 2006. There were 6 children of beggars when the school was started and now over 125 students attend the classes six days a week and continue to benefit from nutritional lunches as well as free school uniforms , books , Bags and periodical medicine checkups.
Since the establishment of the organization, Bal Sarathi constantly committed for the improvement of the status of the disadvantaged and marginalized children and women and men by creating awareness, enhancing their skills and capacity, on various pertinent issues. To achieve the goal we are conducting vocational skills, health and promote gender equality and provide psycho-social support to the vulnerable group of the population.
Our organization has conducted literacy and health classes for the street and poor children. Over 125 children of 3-18 years of age are receiving the education and health care facility every day for 6 hours. Besides this, more than 25 students are getting support for their formal education in various schools with the scholarships and logistics support from the organization. Among them 7 children are sponsered by Sukrit Balbalika .These children are also taught to keep themselves neat and clean, and tidy and aware on health issues, and trained motivated to cultivate good habits and practicing healthy behavior. Free education materials and stationeries including transportation facilities, refreshments and mid day meal is providing daily by the organization.
Bal Sarathi’s activities based on Gaushala, Pashupati and Guheswhori area. Currently, organization supporting 125 children, providing quality education, hygienic food and stationeries.”