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Raven Supply Aims Its Sights High on Fundraising Efforts for Room To Read Nepal in 2019

Female Nepalese students study at a Room to Read school

At Raven Supply, we’re excited to gear up into another year of fundraising for the outstanding literacy non-profit Room to Read.

Last year, thanks to the support of our customers and vendors, we surpassed our original fundraising goal of $20,000, reaching a total of $24,000 raised, bringing our total amount raised for Room to Read since 2013 to $170,000.

This year, we have our sights set on raising another $30,000 to provide 75 Nepalese girls with scholarships through Room to Read Nepal. Today the charity’s Literacy and Girls’ Education Programs in Nepal continue to make a tangible mark on the educational well-being of Nepali children, although there are still many challenges.

Nepal is a small, landlocked country wrought with political instability and widespread poverty. About 40% of students drop out before finishing the primary grades, and a third of children aged 5 to 14 work instead of attending school. Additionally, the 2015 Nepal earthquake destroyed school buildings across the country, leaving one million students without a place to learn.

Plaque on Room to Read School in Nepal mentioning the support of Raven Supply and its valued suppliers.

Young girls in Nepal face additional barriers to their education because they’re at a greater risk of dropping out due to financial limitations of families and the pressure to marry early. 40% of girls will marry before 18, and this is one reason that the country’s female population is 22% less likely to be literate than their male counterparts.

The only organization in Nepal that focuses solely on literacy and gender equality in education, the Room to Read’s Girls’ Education program has supported nearly 5,000 girls since 2001. The charity has piloted an early warning system to identify students in the program who are at risk of dropping out, allowing for early intervention and support. Early detection allows for social mobilizers in Nepal to visit these girls at home, mentor them, and tutor them on the content of missed classes.

So far, over $2000 has already been raised in 2019 between Raven Supply and our community of customers and vendors for Room to Read Nepal. We couldn’t do it without you!

Room to Read students host visitors at their school in Nepal.

That’s why we love sharing updates and news about just how many scholarships have been raised out personalized thank you letters to our customer and vendor supporters. Additionally, Megan Davies here at Raven Supply will visit the Room to Read Nepal project this year to take photos and report back on all the outstanding work happening there, and we’ll sure to keep you updated here.

Room to Read 2014 Initiative Launch Report

Raven Supply is proud to announce our 2014 fundraising initiative has been implemented! Our 2014 project was creating a literate school community. This included filling a library with books, puzzles, and other educational materials. Also providing instruction to grade 1 teachers, as well as Library training. We also fundraised with our contractors to fill an additional library in Nepal!

Please see the following document for a detailed description of these projects: 2014 Project Launch Report

Room to Read Initiative Update

Raven Supply was very excited to meet with Annie Place of Room to Read this month! She works on West Coast initiatives and recently joined the Room to Read team. She was in town to meet with a few donors in the Vancouver Area. Thanks to all Ravens Vendors and Customers that have participated in our fundraising initiatives since 2013 in Nepal and India for putting us on the Room to Read map!

Annie will be keeping us connected with Room to Read and providing us with our 2016 Room to Read initiative options!

Ashleys Trip to Nepal – Shree Madan Asrit Lower Secondary School

Raven Supply sent my sister Gabrielle and me to Palpa, Nepal to go and see our 2013 Room to Read project. The trip was truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

It began rather exciting with dance-off with the locals, natural rock climbing up to a tower & a beautiful sunset view before they took us back to our hotel for the evening. The next morning we all loaded into the jeep and headed 2.5-3hrs further up the mountain, on a very interesting road that barely fit one car, we learned very quickly the horn is the most important part on a car on that side of the world.

When we got to the school we were greeted by the schools’ principal, vice principal and in-country director as well as the entire school. They then gave us flowers & a powder on our foreheads and we went to cut the ribbon to the library and classroom that were constructed. It was such an amazing experience. We then sat in on a grade 1 class for about one hour & watched the students and teacher interact (no English was used in this school); from what we could tell the class was being instructed just as a class would be back in Canada. The teaching styles, getting students to sound out words, practicing and encouraging the students. Also, the look on their faces when they were getting rewarded in front of these strange guests was adorable!

After sitting in the grade one class we went to the library with the grade 5 class. They read together for a bit, then the race was on over to the new bookshelves to pick out a book that they would be taking home for the remainder of the week. We were shown the book checkout system and the library schedule and were told by the teacher that they were so happy with the library because it has put their school on a higher level than even some schools in Kathmandu with the number of resources they have now. They then got one of the students to read aloud while Gabrielle and I repeated what we thought we heard, getting a lot of laughs in between. They then asked me to do the same, I do admit they were much better at this than we were.

The experience Raven and Room to Read gave my sister and I was one that we will remember for the rest of our lives. It has also reassured me that what we are doing is making a huge impact on these communities, giving these children access to education and the chance for a better future.

PROGRESS REPORT

We’re excited to share with you the second progress report of Shree Madan Asrit Lower Secondary School. This report includes photos of the excavation of the trench for the foundation, the foundation in place and construction of the ground floor.

If you haven’t read our first construction report, the information is available in the posting below. Giving you an idea of what the contribution from Raven Supply and its supporters will provide for the students, teachers and their community. Read the July 2014 Nepal Construction Progress Report