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Who is NEIO? What is your mission?

NEIO is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco formed by a group of volunteers. NEIO’s mission is to provide a sustainable educational environment for the children living in geographically disadvantaged regions, with the intention to empower them to break the cycle of socioeconomic poverty for a better future.

Please refer to the Gallery section for current progress of our project(s).


Why Nepal, not Nebraska? How are uneducated children of Nepal more worthy of your help than uneducated American children or those from other countries?

Children everywhere are equally worthy of the opportunities to receive education; however children in rural Nepal are more forgotten than the rest. They have less access to educational opportunities given the socioeconomic conditions and remoteness of their villages. Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. The per capita income in Nepal is ~$1,100 taking into account Purchasing Power Parity.

Reference: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2004rank.html), which ranking 210th among the 230 countries being compared in 2008. Schools in Nepal get minimal support from the local government, as such there is a greater and more imminent demand for the help and presence of a non-profit organization such as NEIO.


Why should we care about educating the children in Nepal?

Less than half of the population (~48.6%, 2001 Census Bureau) over the age of 15 in Nepal are literate, the school life expectancy on average is about 9 years (Reference: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/np.html).

Through the power of education, the young generations in Nepal will be better equipped to contribute to the economic development of their country, and gradually break the cycle of poverty.


How are donations spent?

Donations are being spent on getting the construction materials, transportation, and labor costs.

Since none of the members of the organization draws a salary, donations are used towards the mission of NEIO and no substantial administrative expenses are incurred.

Donors are welcomed to direct their donations specifically towards the cost of books, uniforms, supplies or any other need for the children or the organization.


Why not continue working in your professional field and donate money to a similar charitable organization?

Donations to other charitable organizations do not specifically help the remote villages that we are helping. These villages are not being assisted by organizations such as UNICEF etc.


What are the salaries of the employees in NEIO?

No one in the organization is presently drawing a salary; all the work is done on a volunteer basis. Since none of the members of the organization draws a salary, all donations are used towards the mission of NEIO and no substantial administrative expenses are incurred.


What qualifications in business and education do the organization's leaders and teachers have?

The teachers are local villagers that have at least a high school degree. The teachers go through constant training to keep up with new curricula.

Please refer to the Our Team section for information regarding the leaders of NEIO.


What model of education is practiced at the school?

The school adopts the standard practice recognized by the Government of Nepal. The school is in session 6 days a week from 9 AM to 4 PM. Classes are specialized per subject area and the teachers rotate to teach specific subjects.


What language(s) are classes being taught in?

The medium of education is English.


Tell me something about the children who are being educated, such as their culture, religious & political beliefs.

The children attending these schools come from Buddhist families. The village is their world, and many of them have never been outside of their village and not experienced things that we in the west consider ordinary (such as riding in cars/buses, etc). They are always smiling and are cheerful despite of their economic hardships. They are very humble and respectful children.

The school gives the children hope, and makes them feel that they are getting a realistic chance to improve their living conditions. During study times, they are not shy to read their books out loud with pride as though no one in the world can read as loud and as well as they can.

They understand that education is a privilege their parents were not afforded, and are extremely committed to giving their all to their studies.


Will the children who are being educated be able to put their education to use? How so? How does the culture, family structure, local economy allow for it?

The goal of any education is to train its recipients to use it effectively.

Culturally, the villagers understand the importance of education, and would like their children to be educated and given the chance to move up the social and economic ladders. The village communities are tight-knit, and educated members of the community feel a strong sense of obligation to give back.

One of the examples who pay a tribute to these values is Ongdi Lama a former student of the Nakote School. He was one of the first students of the school, and is now a teacher at the school. He has been doing an excellent job of teaching subjects such as English, Social Studies and Physical Education.

He is also gracious enough to host NEIO volunteers and was instrumental in liaising as an English translator between local villagers and NEIO

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