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I am Rita  and I was in grade 9. My father is a seasonal trekking porter and my mother is a housewife. Since Covid 19, my father could not get any work because tourists stopped coming and that hit us very hard, because without jobs we struggle to manage two meals every day.

Now all of us are at home without income, and though schools might resume this year in 2021, I won’t be able to go back because still there is no way my parents can afford to send me back to school, but to go to school and become a doctor is my dream.

Sometimes I feel like my dream is my happy place but my reality is in my life there is no escape, I wish there is a way so I am sending my application to The Small World for support.

The Small World has been dedicated for years to providing education to children and is convinced of its significance in breaking the cycle of poverty in Nepal.


Today, with the world still suffering from a global pandemic and forced lockdowns, tourism, a major source of income for Nepal, has been virtually nonexistent. With a dearth of tourists and no more burgeoning throngs of trekkers, porters and many others whose livelihoods depend on the tourism sector have been out of work for over a year.

Above and beyond the existing challenges for at risk children whose education and holistic wellbeing we have been supporting, the Covid-19 , lockdown and lost jobs situation has created a new classification of at-risk children, about 35 to 40% in rural areas, who had been attending school but have dropped out due to this loss of family income.

It’s an urgent matter, and we have developed this new program to help before the loss of education creates a crippling situation of further loss. We have seen evidence in the past that more serious future problems for their family and community will most likely manifest unless their education is restored.

• Our urgent hope is to provide 350 children with an education sponsorship program for just one year.

• $1.00 USD a day for one year & yearly $ 350 for a child will cover the school tuitions, uniforms, books, school bag, a set of clothing, and counseling for children and their families.

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Small World's supported children in the school
Small World's supported children in the school

A Year End Gift: For Changing the Lives of a Thousand Children

Dear Friends, Namaste & Happy Holiday Season to you & your family !

The fact that the year 2020 came with immense challenges for all of us cannot be denied. Though it seems like we are all in the same boat, for Nepal, the Covid-19 pandemic was the third tragedy since 1996 to threaten its progress as a nation and its very survival. For a full decade, the Maoist rebellion rocked the country, finally ending in 2006. Nepal had barely recovered from that trauma when the next overwhelming event occurred - the devastating earthquake of 2015. This pandemic is the most recent in a series of violent and seemingly never-ending upheavals.

The Maoist insurrection caused the deaths of over 17,000 people, including civilians, insurgents, army and police personnel, destroyed thousands of schools, and resulted in the internal displacement of hundreds of thousands of people (mostly in rural Nepal). Though some children have been given education and protective support, due to the lack of funds, many schools still have to be repaired or replaced.


Then, while people were still recovering from the post Maoist Civil War, a massive earthquake of 7.8 magnitude shook Nepal on April 25, 2015 killed over 9,000 people and according to UNICEF, destroyed or damaged around 9,000 schools and 30,000 classrooms. Almost one million children were out of school in the immediate aftermath and the quake was followed by a major aftershock on May 12. Government support was very limited post-earthquake and it left civilians without much hope.


On top of these two major events has come the pandemic known as COVID-19, which has completely damaged Nepal and its people. In Nepal, there is no trillion-dollar aid package and there are no unemployment benefits. This is making life very critical here, and people are on the verge of losing everything, including any hope for survival. As a local organization, we need your support now...more than ever.

If at all possible, please consider making a Year End Gift to The Small World.

Our work is continuing to make a real difference, but there is still so much to be done.

The Small World is a locally run non-profit organization responding directly to community needs by implementing initiatives through your donations directly and efficiently. Your support also helps us to build capacity at the local level and to provide sustainable community development and support for the long term.

We make it easy, quick, and safe to support vulnerable communities and children on the ground because we understand their needs better than anyone else.

We were there long before the news cameras arrived, and we’ll be there long after the cameras leave. We know how to make our communities more resilient to future disasters, and we’re already hard at work. All your generous donations and grants make a difference directly on the ground and help to provide support.

As we look ahead to the many challenges of 2021, this year’s Year End Gift from you will be more important than ever for the The Small World and our community.

With your help, we will continue to keep over 3,000 children in schools; over 200 girls in schools & collages ; 100 orphans and vulnerable children in a safe place to live with the gift of education; the agricultural support program, “Seeds of Hope" for over 500 women and their families and a thriving future for over 10,000 local community members.

Please consider making a Year End Gift to new Children Home " The Friends of Arhaus Children's Home"

Thank you and Namaste from Nepal .
Karma & Sonam Sherpa
The Small World

Sonam and Karma
Sonam and Karma


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Dear Friends, Supporters and Partners, Happy Thanksgiving ! 

During this week of Thanksgivingwe wanted to share how thankful we are for all of our donors, friends, and families around the globe who support our life-changing work. We couldn’t do it without you. This year, due to the Pandemic, The Small World had to quickly pivot to find a way to support, connect and relieve families and communities from the crisis this virus has created for the most vulnerable families who already struggle with many challenges.

You play an incredibly important role in Helping our Children, vulnerable women and families of trekking porters, daily wage earners and single mothers and we deeply appreciate your support. 

As we look ahead to the many challenges of 2021, this year’s giving Tuesday will be more important than ever for The Small World.  With your help, we will provide a safe place to live, parental care, and educational opportunities for over 100 new children in our newly constructed Arhaus Children’s Home; support our ongoing programs, “Himalayan Hope Home,” “Solukhumbhu Girls Dorm,-for Gilrs Higher Education program” “Community Health Center,” “Sponsorships,” and offer critical resources for our communities as well.

On December 1st, our partner, GlobalGiving, is giving away $1 Million. With $1 Million in funding available from GlobalGiving, we need your help to reach our goal of raising $50,000 to support Arhaus Children’s Home. The more you give, the larger share we win out of $1 Million USD in incentive funds;

Thank you very much & Happy Thanksgiving ! 

Karma Sherpa
Executive Director & Co-Founder 
*The Small World*


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Pathways to successful higher education for girls in rural mountain communities in Nepal

How to create the most effective enabling environments and support systems to further girls’ education in rural Nepal was the focus of the article, “Identifying paths to successful higher education for girls in the Solukhumbu District, Nepal”.

The article is written by Mountain Partnership members Sally E. Wier, President and Co-founder of The Small World USA, and Martin F. Price, Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies. Their findings help inform where efforts can be made to directly support girls in achieving higher levels of education in Nepal, as well as in other regions.

The study focused on the girls attending the Salleri Girls’ Hostel for Higher Education, an all-girls boarding school run by The Small World, in the district’s capital city. Each year, The Small World sponsors 40 girls from around Solukhumbu to live and study at the Salleri Hostel. The 40 girls who were part of the present study all have parents are farmers, and none of their mothers were able to finish 11th or 12th grade.

Wier and Price found that four main factors were the reason for these girls’ success: their personal motivation, their family support, their childhood teachers’ support, and the financial and practical assistance provided by the Salleri Hostel. Living at the school eliminates the obstacle of distance between the girls’ homes and school, otherwise prohibitive due to the remote location of the girls’ home villages. The hostel also eliminates financial burden on the girls’ families by providing lodging free of charge and covering all school-related fees and expenses. By addressing two major hurdles - remoteness and financial difficulty - the Salleri Hostel promotes girls’ education in Solukhumbu, Everest region. 

The researchers make recommendations for effective future initiatives to support girls’ education in the region, including the establishment of more hostels for girls, more financial support to families and the creation of community awareness programmes about the importance of girls’ education . 


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35 Happy girls with gift of education , now safe
35 Happy girls with gift of education , now safe
Dear Small World's Community, Namaste ! 

Thank you very much for your generous donation on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Because of your generous support, we have raised $33,339 USD. Your support will help us to ensure continuing education for orphaned and vulnerable children; keep girls in school and college who would otherwise be at highest risk of trafficking, especially when staying out of school; empower local communities through locally sustainable development; and continue our working together with international volunteers & high school students, sharing culture, meals, and lasting friendships that result in deeper perspectives for a more enlightened global citizen.

We are very excited and looking forward to working together with you in 2020!  See our “Great News” below! Here are our projects:

This project will provide a consistent supply of safe drinking water and eliminate the need for children and mothers to travel to collect water.  Our aim is to bring safe drinking water to every family, send children to school, and give mothers the opportunity for other productive work. This project will benefit over 500 people daily. 

# SUPPORT FOR 100 CHILDREN at Friends of Arhaus Children Home
This project is to support orphans and vulnerable children adversely affected by the Nepal earthquake and who have no educational opportunity. Our aim is to keep children in school, protect their basic right to an education, and break the cycle of the many challenges that children face every day in the remote villages of Nepal, such as hunger, lack of education and health care, poverty, child labor, etc.

In the remote Everest region of Nepal, seven out of ten girls drop out of school after grade 10. Other than for reasons of poverty, the prevailing cultural view in Nepal favors sending boys to school and keeping the girls at home to take care of household chores. As a result, the literacy rate of women is just 23%. In 2020, we will be supporting 25 girls in our higher education project

# BUILDING SIX EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT CLASSROOMS in Salleri, benefiting over 300 children every year. 

We will also be completing construction of the Phuleli Community Health center with plans to operate by the end of 2020. This project will serve the local communities who otherwise have to travel eight (8) hours by road to the nearest hospital for basic treatments as well as child deliveries and health emergencies.

•Girls' Higher Education project in Solukhumbu supporting forty (40) girls 
•Himalayan Hope Home, supporting thirty-five (35) girls in Kathmandu. Hopefully, many of you met with our girls in Kathmandu and shared dinner and some beautiful dancing. Thank you so very much for your support and stopping by. The girls love meeting you all!

Until the end of 2019, our long term donor, Ruth Lightfoot-Dunn, will be matching 100% of ALL of your donations! Any donation you make will be matched! For example, If you make a donation of $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or more, she will match it! But the donation must be made by the end of 2019.  Our goal is to raise $50K at year end to realize all our important work in 2020. 

Help us unlock an additional $25K match!
Please consider sharing this link: on social media, and telling your friends and family about our project - or just bring us up in conversation. Help us spread the word about our work and continue to grow our community of supporters like you.

We at The Small World and all the children that you are supporting thank you again and again for your kindness and help that is creating a much better life for so many children. You are helping to create a better world for all of us! 

Thank you and Namaste !   

Karma and Sonam  Sherpa 
Executive Director & Co-Founder 
*The Small World*
The Small World Accomplishment in 2019 

40 Girls every year receiving higher education.
40 Girls every year receiving higher education.


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