A Rotary Partnership for Education (RP4E)

The aim of the RP4E Scholarship Scheme is to provide mentorship and funding for disadvantaged young people in low-income countries so that they can continue their education by attending college and/or university in their home countries.

Help These Youngsters further their Education

 

                                                                                                   

Faringdon Rotary Club launches a new International Project

 

A Rotary Partnership for Education (RP4E) 

“Helping to Connect the World” 

Nelson Mandela said:

 “Education is the greatest engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of a farm worker can become the president of a great nation.

 It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

 

Education is a basic human right. It is the most powerful single driver behind building sustainable and resilient societies.  It increases the productivity of individuals, strengthens economies, improves health, reduces poverty and contributes to more peaceful societies


The Faringdon and District Rotary Club has started off the 2019/20 Rotary year by launching a new international project.  The focus is on education in low-income countries.  This is an innovative student sponsorship and mentorship scheme entitled:

A Rotary Partnership for Education (RP4E).

Under the direction of Council and the International and Foundation Committee we have set up a RP4E Panel comprising Gordon Hughes, Bjorn Watson, Graham Dawson (Friend of Rotary) and Georgia Richards (Rotary Scholar).  The Panel will lead on implementing, promoting and managing the project. Initially, we will support a ‘pilot’ phase assisting 8 students from the ‘Home for Rescue of the Afflicted Children’ (HORAC) in Nepal; 5 are college students, one is attending a Pre-University course, and 2 are studying at university in Kathmandu. 

 

Aim

The aim of the RP4E Scholarship Scheme is to provide mentorship and funding for disadvantaged young people in low-income countries so that they can continue their education by attending college and/or university in their home countries. Without RP4E assistance these bright young people would lose the opportunity for further education; they would simply not be able to reach their potential, and gateways to future careers in their home countries would be closed.  No one should have to make it alone…

This RP4E education scheme differs from the Rotary Global Grant scheme for Rotary Scholars which requires students to travel overseas outside of their home country to receive graduate-only education, targeting a very specific group of people, and involving substantial costs: fees, travel, accommodation and living expenses.

 

RP4E Partnerships

For success, RP4E relies on a key set of partnerships.  We have an RP4E partner club in Kathmandu, the Rotary Club of Kopundol.  We also have support from other Rotary clubs within District 1090.  And we have the very important partnership between individual students and sponsors/mentors who are either Rotarians or Friends of Rotary.  We are also planning to have RP4E ambassadors to promote the scheme and, in due course, some business partners. In the longer term we envisage RP4E being replicated and adopted by other Rotary Clubs with existing links to low-income countries and a passion for promoting positive change through education.

 

Benefits of RP4E: the Win-Win-Wins

l       Financial contributions qualify for gift aid relief (i.e. a tax-deduction). 

l       For a business partner and for organisations RP4E can form part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Programme. 

l      Funders become “Friends of Rotary”, and partner organisations can use the Rotary trusted and internationally recognised logo.  They can access the Rotary platform of more than 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide by attending or speaking at Rotary events.

l      Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds will be empowered to complete their education and realise their full potential within their own countries.

l     Low-income countries will benefit from educating their own people and retaining talent and skills for their local communities.

l     Rotary International will be contributing to better-educated societies and promoting Rotary objectives.

l    Sponsors will benefit knowing that their financial assistance is being managed within a trusted Rotary network and without any additional overhead costs.

l    The cost of educating young people in their home countries is orders of magnitude less expensive than sending them abroad, with the prospect that many may not return.

 

Sponsorship/Mentorship Models and Money Matters

We have a number of models for sponsorship/mentorship.  These will be developed during the pilot phase and include:

 

·               A Sponsor fully funds (Fees and Expenses) and mentors a student, usually by email.

·               A Donor part funds and also mentors a student

·              A Volunteer mentors a student with financial support from a donor.   Funds can also be allocated from the RP4E General Fund held within our Rotary Club.

·              Donations to the RP4E Fund will be allocated for sponsorship of students at the discretion of Faringdon Rotary Club.  District Grants will also be sought.

 

Thank You.  A Huge Thank You…to our Rotarians and Friends of Rotary for providing our RP4E students with a once in a lifetime opportunity.  You know who you are.  You are making a real difference to the lives and future prospects of these young people.  At the end of the Day….no one should have to make it alone…..

 

You may like to read some of our case studies below about the students in Nepal who are already benefitting from the RP4E sponsorship programme

 

Interested? Would you like to help give a disadvantaged young person the Golden Opportunity of a Lifetime - an Education?  For more information:

Gordon Hughes – Faringdon Rotary Club   gordon.yewtree@gmail.com

Bjorn Watson – Faringdon Rotary Club       bjornwatson@btinternet.com

Graham Dawson – Friend of Rotary            graham.dawson@routes2success.com

Georgia Richards – Rotary Scholar             georgia.richards@kellogg.ox.ac.uk

 

 

RP4E Case Study – Anjali Bista

 


 

 

Anjali Bista was born on 31 August 2002 in Western Nepal.  During the war in Western Nepal her father left the village and went to India seeking employment. After three years he became mentally unwell and had to return to Nepal but was neither able to work nor to care for his family. Anjali’s mother had to work very hard to provide food in the morning and evening. Anjali’s mother worked in two places to support her family, but even then she was not able to fulfil the basic needs of her children. Her father is still taking medicine for his mental conditions. He is not able to take care of his family. Anjali arrived in HORAC in 2006.  

 

Her sponsor writes: “I first met Anjali in 2018 when she guided me around the HORAC Childrens Home in Kathmandu.  She is a very bright and gentle person who has done exceptionally well in her recent Secondary Education Examinations (SEE). She obtained Grade “A” in average in SEE examination. She has just started at College and has an ambition to become a doctor.  When I first offered to sponsor her, Anjali wrote me a wonderful hand-written note.  Later in an email she told me that “…HORAC is more than just my family…”  Her young sister Priscilla has recently joined HORAC and Anjali is looking after her wonderfully.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

RP4E Case Study – Sushil Malla

 


 

Sushil Malla was born on 30th August 2000 in Jajarkot in Western Nepal, a very undeveloped area without schools, health facilities or even electricity. As a child, Sushil remembers having to tend the goats in the harsh Nepali winter without shoes. When he was eight his mother died, having been deserted by the father. His father is mentally weak and cannot speak or hear properly. He helps with a range of domestic duties at the HORAC Childrens Home.

 

Sushil arrived at HORAC aged nine starting school self-consciously among little ones half his age. He says “...before I came to HORAC I was aimless but I gained a family. Although I started very late, I was able to go to school and build my big aim to be a chef in the kitchen”. He is now starting his second year at college with the ambition to study hotel management at university.

 

Sushil is a wonderfully enthusiastic student with ambitions to make the most of his life. He is an exceptionally open and loving young man who is extremely rewarding to sponsor. He writes “I will care about you and miss you every step of my life”.

 

 

 

RP4E Case Study: Chandra Ray Rokaya 


 

 

Chandra is 18 years old with strong leadership skills; he has taken on the role of Head Boy at the HORAC Children Home. Chandra came from Western Nepal – one of the poorest and rural district. He arrived at HORAC when he was only 6 years old.

 

His father was kidnapped and brutally killed by a group of Maoist during the civil war in 2004.  He completed Grade 12 this year and passed his exams with an overall “B+” Grade scoring a 2.97 GPA out of 4. His favourite subject is Science and he wants to study Agricultural Science. 

 

Chandra was a diligent student at College demonstrating remarkable awareness of the challenges facing his country.  He has a dream: to find new ways to improve the standard of living for all the people in his country, and to be an inspiration for the other HORAC Children.  He has the potential to be one of the top students at university; and, in due course, an influential leader in his country. To be accepted into university, he must complete a pre-university course, which will cost around £400. The total cost of his 4-year Bachelor degree will be around £8,000 pounds sterling. HORAC and the RP4E panel are actively looking for sponsorship for Chandra’s pre-university course and/or his university degree.

 

 

 

 

RP4E Case Study – Manju KC

 


 Manju KC was born on 25 July 1997 in a very small village, Puja (only 7 houses), in Western Nepal. Many people in her community have left to seek an education, better facilities and employment. Manju came to HORAC when she was less than 7 years old after she lost her parents under tragic circumstances, and there were no relatives to provide her with a safe home, care and an education. 

 

Her sponsors have known Manju for almost 10 years and now regard her as a daughter in their Family. They write: “Manju truly is a shining star with a ready smile, a warm personality and generous spirit.  She is one of the senior leaders in the HORAC Childrens Home and takes time to teach others, and has become an outstanding role model for the younger children.”

 

Manju studied business and accountancy at Nightingale College in Kathmandu, and is now in her final year at University where she has achieved excellent results. She is expected to graduate in 2020 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.  This year she completed her first internship gaining work experience in a bank in Kathmandu.  Her ambition is to be a businesswomen and social worker.

 

 


 

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