Update! Nepal Notebook Campaign

Over $2700 has been raised to aid school children in Nepal, donated by our generous friends and family. Thank you! We felt it was time to update you on the progress of our OnlyABuck Project.

As of this moment, the president of Nepal Volunteers Council Keshab Acharya, is applying for a passport in order to receive the funds for the Nepali children from our bank. Due to exorbitant fees from the local bank in Nepal, we elected to open a joint account in the USA to eliminate transaction fees and make sure the students receive what you’ve donated. Keshab has accepted hundreds of scholarship forms and will choose 20 students to receive supplies, uniforms, and a fully funded school year from you!

President Acharya at his desk in Nepal

As promised, if you donated $140 or more to support a student for the year, you will receive a letter and photo from your sponsored child when they receive their items. Thank you for your patience, as we finalize these international transactions.

If you would like to learn more about this project, please visit our Nepal Notebook Campaign site!

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Update to OnlyABuck: Nepal Notebook Campaign

Education is the Answer in Nepal

A quick update on our OnlyABuck™: Nepal Notebook Campaign.  We’re just over 44% to our goal of $4,200!  This money will enable 30 students in Nepal who have applied for need-based scholarships to attend school for one year.  We are working together with the Nepal Volunteers Council to create a sustainable platform to ensure that those students selected will never miss a day of school again; not this year, not ever.  We are not alone in believing that education is the answer for Nepal as it is the only way to break the cycle that currently exists.

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Only A Buck: Nepal Notebook Campaign

Reports from my friends state that summer back home is officially over and that school is back in session. After volunteering in Nepali schools and a boys’ shelter last week, I can’t help comparing the education system here with the one I know from home.

A school girl in Nepal studies during recess.

I am envisioning my hometown with enormous back-to-school signage in primary colors hanging in many store entrances. An exciting buzz surrounds shopping for cooler weather clothes and collecting supplies, checking them off a list. When my brother and I were younger, we would excitedly hunt through the JCPenney catalog for a few new outfits and a pair of shoes. Later, at the store with Mom, we’d choose fancy lunch boxes, Lisa Frank and cartoon folders, and maybe a Trapper Keeper or Kaboodle to hold our new gel pens, mechanical pencils and glue sticks. Three-subject notebooks, neon-colored rulers, protractors and compasses were tossed into the cart to aid our education.

In stark comparison, Nepali children need three basic supplies for school. These include notebooks where they transcribe what the teacher writes on the board, pencils for writing and a full school uniform, which is mandatory apparel. Some schools require their students to buy workbooks, but most do not even offer this luxury for learning.

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