“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:10-12
What is the purpose of the Transitions Fund?
Nepal has a low literacy rate (see chart below) and doesn’t offer free public education to its young people. It’s also very difficult for children to gain any vocational or professional skills and, therefore, a hope for a better future.
The Transitions fund makes it possible for children from impoverished backgrounds to attend school, college, Bible school, or vocational school. They may also obtain a micro-loan to start a small business. These opportunities, in turn promote leadership, as well as technological and other necessary skills for the children, who are the key to Nepal’s future.
Who benefits from the Scholarship Program?
Children who are cared for by or identified through our ministry partners are all eligible to benefit by the Transitions fund. This includes Blessed Children’s Home.
Why do you suggest that children receive their continuing education in Nepal?
Although some may wish for the children to continue their education in the US, for example, there are many reasons for them to do so in Nepal or India:
- Travel and visa costs and entry procedures for other countries are expensive and complicated.
- Cost for schooling is much less (see below).
- No culture shock.
- Less language differences and adjustments.
- Nearer support systems and mentors.
- Easier networking and work placement within their own region and culture
- Will train with and use the same tools in school as their vocation.
- Adopted families can witness their successes.
- Nepali children will stay in Nepal and benefit Nepal.
What educational opportunities are available to the children in Nepal and India?
A short list can be obtained by request.
How do children qualify for receiving Transitions funds?
The children are encouraged to set goals for their future, so many of them know “what they want to be” when they grown up. The Transitions fund provides funding for all elementary and secondary education. Based on what the needs are for post-secondary education and ministry partnership leaders recommendations, funds are periodically wired to Nepal to cover such expenses. Sponsors of specific children or Transitions sponsors donate funds to their sponsored children or the general fund, which are passed on, as needed.
Can I designate my contribution to a specific child or vocation?
Yes! We already have some sponsors contributing $10 or more per month to the fund. If a child who has a balance in the Transitions fund account is unable to continue schooling (for whatever reason), the funds will be transferred to the general fund and provide education for another child.
Some children might not choose to continue in school, or aren’t capable of doing so. Is there another option to help with their futures?
Yes! We’re committed to helping these young people become self-sufficient. They can apply for a micro-loan to help start a business (bakery, dairy, etc.) or to help pay for training to work in construction, carpentry, bus driving, and other vocations.
We foresee some contributions designated to specific vocations such as Bible training (pastors and evangelists), medical training (physicians, nurses, dentists, midwives, lab techs), education, and others.
EquipNepal has made and continues to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of Nepali children. Since we have been working with children’s homes in Nepal (since 2001), we have helped children go through seminary, Bible school, and college.
With your help, the Transitions fund will continue this miracle by equipping them with a trade, vocation, or profession that keeps them from returning to the poverty they came from.
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Some Nepali Education FAQs [source: CIA World Factbook , 12/14]:
LITERACY definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99% 57.4%
male: 99% 71.1%
female: 99% (2003 est.) 46.7% (2011 est.)