The Rotary Foundation Global Grant 1525855

At the Rotary International Convention in Sydney in 2014 we began seeking sponsors for a project to train 75 teachers of Tatopani Village and associated schools over three years, delivering 50 days training per teacher.

Support was secured from eight Australian Rotary Clubs which together committed US$30,000.  This was matched by their three Rotary Districts contributing a total of US$14,000.  Six clubs in Nepal each contributed $100.  With $30,000 World Fund contributions from The Rotary Foundation, the outcome was a US$74,000 project.

Training began in April 2017 with just 70 teachers, but by September the attendance at  a refresher course had increased to 85.  LEARN is committed to the ongoing delivery of this training while also extending training to other teacher groups.

The Rotary Club of Portland, District 9780, is the Primary International Sponsor (Project manager Kym Stock), while the Rotary Club of Baglung, District 3292, is the Primary Host Sponsor (Project Manager KB Shahi).

Mid-term reports for the project have been prepared by LEARN and by Project Manager KB Shahi (click to read).

Sponsorships for new Global Grants

Sponsors are now being sought for a second and subsequent Global Grant projects.  Clubs can contribute any amount they choose.  This can be paid up front (thus avoiding leaving a commitment on future club Boards), or spread over the three years.  It is expected that Club contributions will be matched by District DDF funding, maybe 50c/$.

A project to train teachers of the Rakhu area over three years is expected to cost round US$75-80,000.  The draft application can be viewed here.  The budget for this application has been based upon that for Global Grant Project 1525855 (Tatopani), pending finalisation of the activities and their respective costs.  This is being addressed by QEN President Peter Hall in a visit to Nepal Nov.-Dec, 2018.

The Rotary Club of Parbat in Nepal will take on the role of Primary Host Sponsor for the next project, while an Australian club has indicated its willingness to become Primary International Sponsor.

Primary Sponsors are committed to establishing committees to administer the project.  These are important but not unduly arduous roles.  They entail collecting and conveying promised funds and payment of LEARN; also reporting to The Rotary Foundation.  The latter task is simplified by the detailed reports of each training program delivered by LEARN.

Members of participating clubs have the opportunity to visit and participate in the training programs (see 'Contact us' / 'Volunteer'), but this is not essential.  It may, however, lead to Clubs developing their own relationships with communities in Nepal which could lead to other projects.

Please email peter@nepalaid.org.au if your Club could be interested.