The Small World is a not-for-profit charitable organization supporting locally driven sustainable community development projects. These projects help to provide education for children, especially young girls at risk for exploitation, women’s empowerment, and opportunities for local communities to break the cycle of poverty.
1. Empowering local communities through locally driven sustainable community development works that include improving living conditions and creating self-reliance.
2. Providing children, and most especially at risk young girls, with an access to education. We believe that if a girl is educated, she will do the rest – not only for herself, but also for her children, her family, and the community. If you educate a girl, you educate her world!
3. Empowering women, especially those who are single or widowed with children, is our program that trains women in the traditional weaving of Dhaka, an authentic Nepali woven cloth, to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency and independence. For married women, making their own money gives them more or equal power in their home.
Nepal, one of the world’s most beautiful countries, is widely revered as a charming and exotic Himalayan destination, the home of the spectacular Mount Everest, and the birthplace of Buddha; however, many do not realize that Nepal is also the poorest country in Asia, with a high percentage of the population starving for sustenance.
Almost half of Nepal’s young female population is married before they are 18 years old, and it is estimated that every year, from 15,000-20,000 Nepalese girls (42% of which are minors) are trafficked into the international sex slavery industry.
Nepal has the lowest literacy rate in Asia and one of the highest child mortality rates in the world. Infrastructure is not only highly inadequate, but also nonexistent in remote mountain villages where people live an ancient lifestyle without benefit of roads, electricity, telephones, sanitation, running water, hospitals, or schools.
Today, living conditions are much worse; after suffering two devastating earthquakes of 7.9 and 7.3 in April and May of 2015, Nepal needs more help than ever. This tragedy resulted in the loss of 9,000 lives; 602,257 homes, with damage to 185,099, according to Government of Nepal, and the destruction of 35,000 classrooms that left one million children without schooling. Just in the Small World’s working communities of the lower Solukhumbu District, 1,045 classrooms were destroyed.
Immediately after the tragedy, The Small World provided relief support such as traps for shelter, drinking water, and foods benefiting nearly 17,000 victims. We also built twenty (20) temporary learning centers in Solukhumbu to keep children in school.
We are currently engaged in the construction of eighteen (18) classrooms. Our goal is to continue to build one hundred (100) classrooms by 2018 to benefit over 5,000 children.
At The Small World, our strategy involves identifying real community needs, sharing local ideas and resources, and working together with community members and volunteers as a small family to create solutions.
We truly believe that education is key to solving the majority of these challenges. To accomplish this, we feel that we have a unique vision and direction. Rather than impose solutions, we work with communities over many years to strengthen their own efforts to improve and eradicate these social problems.
We are constantly seeking new solutions and ask ourselves how we can make the greatest impact with our resources. In addition to our home for at risk girls in Kathmandu, we make the most of our skills and abilities while working at remote Himalayan villages in the District of Solukhumbu.