Another highlight of my trip was meeting Ghanashyam Pradhan.
He runs the Antyodaya School in Chitwan. This school established 12 years ago by Kishor Chandra Dhungana, a local social activist was created to help uplift the children of backward Chepong community. Following the death of Dhungana in 2003, the school began suffering financial problems. That is when Ghanashyam stepped up to fill the shoes of bringing the poor and orphaned children to this school and paying for the expenses for school supplies, books, hostel and food of the students who lived there.
For the 184 Chepong students this is a major opportunity for them to change their future. Hemu Adhikari, the GAC Treasurer knew Pradhan as a teacher when he grew up in Chitwan and his respect for him as a teacher and mentor kept him in touch. When he found out about his work with these children and his trips to the mountain villages seeking new students, he realized we had to help. I was glad to make a visit to this school part of my itinerary when I visited Nepal this April. Even though school was out there were several students living there. I met orphaned four girls who were living in the dormitory and for them this was a safe and healthy place to live and continue their education. Pradhan has managed to get grants from different corporations, but since many are for a limited time the challenges of funding the school is always ongoing. If you are interested in supporting an orphan child to live and study there let us know.