Weʼre raising £1,000 to help the Granges climb Everest Basecamp whilst supporting children from Kathmandu’s brick fields to go to school!
- Kathmandu, Nepal
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Registered Charity Number 1097055
We are the Brick Children School. We’re a Wales-based registered charity working in partnership in Nepal. We run a community education project for migrant children working in the brick fields of the Kathmandu Valley. Since 2000, with our Nepalese partners Kopila Nepa, we’ve been providing education and health care for child labourers, one of the most marginalised and hard-to-reach communities in the world.
We also run literacy and skills training for women of all ages. For many it’s their first experience of education. The school is an important bridge between the local and migrant communities.
Our mission is to give our pupils respite from brick making and a quality education in a safe, happy environment. We help each child achieve their potential, giving them the opportunity to relax, play and just be kids.
Before the school was established, the children’s education was interrupted for six months of the year when they went to work alongside their parents in the brickfields. When they returned to their hill villages the youngsters often dropped out of school because they had fallen behind.
Now, at the Brick Children School they learn, play and build their skills to escape this cycle of poverty. Since we started, we have worked with over 1500 children and their families.
• a meal and fresh water
• clean toilets
• regular medical checks
• school uniform
And it’s not just the children who benefit from the Brick Children School. We also provide practical skills classes for women.
Our sewing classes mean that women are now running their own small businesses. They’re providing for their families and finding their voice to play a bigger role in their communities. Our adult literacy programmes are transforming women’s lives, giving them new levels of independence and confidence.
Healthy families learn more effectively, so we run regular health advice/ immunisation camps and the children have medical check-ups. We organise community training on disability awareness too, helping to overcome stigma and prejudice.The Grange’s are climbing to Everest Base camp in March and by doing so we will each be supporting a child from Kathmandu’s brick fields in school
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