The Girls’ Hostel provides accommodation and school support for a small number of girls during school term. It was purpose built in 2019 and is managed by Hem Kumar Pradhan assisted by his wife Asha, who live on-site.
Hem and Asha work closely with the girls’ parents, grandparents or other guardians, and school teachers, to support their educational needs. The hostel is currently full, accommodating 10 girls whose ages range from 7 to 14.
The 10 girls (pictured) now enjoy safe, healthy, loving accommodation during the school term. They keep in close contact with their parents or guardians, who live in the surrounding villages, and return home in the holidays.
Before coming to the hostel, 11-year-old Chandrika slept on a mud floor with no mattress, beside her mother, father, sister and 2 brothers. Every July the family goes to the Punjab to pick rice, preferring the cash payment to the food they would receive for labouring work in Nepal. Staying in the hostel allows Chandrika to focus on her studies without constant worries about food and safety.