Nepal is, economically, a very poor country in which per capita annual income is only $440. Rural areas especially suffer from a woeful lack of social and economic infrastructure. People in dalit ("untouchable") and janjati (ethnic minority) communities are most likely to be subject to poverty and exclusion and within these groups women suffer the most.
ETC's model builds self-reliance in dalit and janajati communities by ensuring quality education for children and adults through programs that build awareness and foster sustainable improvements in standards of living. Our approach has three interlocking components: children's education, women's empowerment, and agricultural development. Read about one of our recent projects next.
Many of the children ETC works with are from janjati communities and quite often Nepali is their second language. When these children start school in the first grade, they are at an immediate disadvantage. Read More