Youth Scholars Program

Our Youth Scholars Program identifies children in Nepal who are “at risk" of discontinuing their education. Each child receives a minimum of $200USD of funding per year. These funds are paid directly to schools, clinics, and parents to help subsidize their education and keep them in school.

Wide Open Vistas Partner Schools:

  1. Himalayan Boarding High School, Budhanilkantha
  2. Budhanilkantha Higher Secondary School and College, Budhanilkantha
  3. Fusion Academy, Budhanilkantha
  4. Buddha Academy Boarding School, Bouddha
  5. Puspalal Memorial College, Chabahil
  6. Conventry Boarding School, Bouddha
  7. Samata Shiksha Niketan, Bouddha
  8. Tri-jyoti Higher Secondary School, Kapan
  9. Morgan International College, Basundhara

Please see our education plan and goals for more information and how we help including. Our primary areas of focus include:

BOOKS & UNIFORM $40/yr
$40 per year, we give this at the beginning of the year direct to the matriarch of the family in front of students and school administrators. The intention is they use it for books and uniforms – if they use it for another household purpose – we can’t stop that. But the logistics of providing the subsidy otherwise, combined with the pretension that we know best, make this the best mechanism for delivery of support.
Medical $40/yr
We cover a comprehensive medical exam at a clinic that focuses on foreigners in Nepal. There are many other fine clinics that may charge less, but we know that the quality of the exam is very high and we are still getting a discounted rate relative to what walk-in patients receive. We pay $25 per exam and budget an extra $15 for any followup. This is rarely needed but gets put into a risk pool for the rare scholar that does need some medical help. We also set aside $1,000 every year as a medical emergency risk fund. This may not appear to be much money for medical expenses outside of Nepal, but it is a considerable amount in Nepal. And should it not be enough – we will do our best to connect students and families with local resources.
TUITION SUPPORT $120/YR
We pay this in six month allotments to the school in front of the student and family. In the case of students at the government school, fees are usually lower than this so we apply the money toward a credit at the canteen so they can have a hot lunch. In the case of private school students, the parents may end up responsible for a balance after our subsidy.
Full Scholar Sponsorship $200/yr
The cost of fully sponsoring a child for education in Nepal for 1 year is $200. Several of our scholars are still looking for sponsors. Please learn about our students below! If you'd like to sponsor a student, simply click on the button and type in their name in the "Notes" section of the donation page (at the top). For further questions about sponsorship or donations, please email us at info@wideopenvistas.org.

Our WOV Scholars

If you would like to sponsor a student, please (1) click on the orange button below their name,
and (2) type their name in the “Notes" section of the donation page (at the top). We will email you
back to confirm your sponsorship. For further questions about supporting scholars, please
email us at info@wideopenvistas.org. Please note that all students, families, and donors have
given us permission to use pictures, stories, and names on this page.

Isha T.
Isha is 11 years old and studies in grade 7. She likes color red, singing and wants to be a doctor someday. She is a good runner and has been actively participating in “Girls in Action” activities, a girls empowerment program run by Wide Open Vistas. Thank you Maneesh for helping support Isha in 2017.
Ranjita
Ranjita is 12 yrs old studying in 6th grade at the same school as Isha. Her favorite subject is Nepali. Her family had to move to Kathmandu from Sindhupalchowk after the earthquake. She wants to be a doctor in future. Thank you Willehard and Jane Wortelboer for sponsoring Ranjita!
Pemba S.
Pemba is 18 years old and studies management in 11th grade at Pushpalal Memorial College. He aspires to become an accountant or a technical engineer. He loves playing football and likes hiking in mountains. He also takes beautiful photos. Thank you James Curran for sponsoring Pemba!
Phurba S.
Phurba is the third son of Pasang S. He is 13 years old and studies in 6th grade. He also loves thuppa and playing football. His favorite subject is science. He wants to be a businessman in the future. Thank you Brandy Milstead for helping support Phurba.
Dawa
Dawa is 14 years old studying in 7th grade. He lives in Tarebhir (which is pretty high above Kathmandu!) with his grandfather and aunt. He walks 1 hr to go to school everyday.
Sudeep
Sudeep is 11 years old studying in 5th grade at Himalaya Boarding School. He wants to be a football player in future. Thank you Adam Mort for helping support Sudeep in 2017.
Ganga S.
Ganga is the twin sister of Kelsang (below). She is 18 years old and studies in grade 10 at Himalaya Boarding School. Thank you Willehard and Jane Wortelboer for helping support Ganga and Kelsang in 2017.
Kelsang S.
Kelsang is the twin sister of Ganga (above). She is 18 years old and studies in grade 10 at Himalaya Boarding School. Thank you Willehard and Jane Wortelboer for helping support Ganga and Kelsang in 2017
Mingmar S.
Mingmar is the fourth son of Pasang Sherpa. He is 13 years old. He also studies at Buddha Academy in grade 5. He wants to be an engineer. His favourite food is mo:mo. He enjoys studying his favourite subject, social studies and playing football.
Sonam
Sonam studies in 7th grade and he is 13 years old. Sonam wants to be a football player in future. He is a fan of Christiano Ronaldo and his football team, Real Madrid. He practices football in his neighborhood. He also loves playing basketball and studying. According to him, red and blue are his favorite colors. Thank you James Oglethorpe for supporting Sonam!
Sangita
Sangita is 15 years old studying in grade 7. She loves drawing and wants to be artist in future. Orange is her favorite color and she loves ice-cream. Thank you Willehard and Jane Wortelboer for sponsoring Sangita!
Pasang
Pasang is 9 years old studying in grade 2. Science is his favorite subject. He likes to play football.
Maiti T
Maite is 14 years old, studies in grade 7l. She has a sister named Kanchi who is back in their home village in Sindhupalchok. She lost both of her father and mother three years ago. She was brought to Kathmandu two years before by her relatives. Thank you Maneesh for helping support Maiti in 2017.
Sher Lakhpa S.
Sher Lakhpa is 10 years old and studying in 4rd grade in northern Kathmandu. He wants to be a trekking guide in future as he loves exploring. According to him, his favorite colour is red. He loves eating apples and playing badminton with his best friend, Chetten. Thank you Aden W. for helping to support Lakhpa’s education.
Sampriti D.
Sampriti is 12 years old, studies in grade 5. She usually is under top 5 in her class. She finds science a bit hard to learn but she said she is working hard on it. She is a member of “Girls in Action” team under girls empowerment program run by Wide Open Vistas. Thank you Amanda M. for supporting Sampriti.
Dina
Dina is 9 years old, studying in fourth grade at Himalayan Boarding School, Budhanilkantha. She loves playing badminton, watching television, singing and eating mo:mos (Nepali and Tibetan style dumplings). She wants to be a doctor in future. In our recent visit with her, she said she wants to join our “Girls in Action” team and participate in different outdoor activities. Educational support provided by John and Georgie J.
Pramod
Pramod is 7 years old and studies in grade one . He loves watching cartoons like Ninja Hataudi, Motu Patlu in television. Also he likes to play football and cycling. He lives with his mother in Budhanilkantha. Thank you Nicola Stanhope for helping support Pramod.
Smriti
Smriti is 16 years old studying in grade 11. She loves coloring and dancing. She has been actively participating in ‘Girls In Action programs. She has been feeling confident and strong after being part of the program. Thank you Nicola Stanhope for helping support Smriti.
Nima S.
Nima is the second son of Pasang Sherpa. He is 16 years old and is a special needs student. He loves eating thuppa (Tibetan noodle soup), likes to play and watch football. His favorite color is green. Thank you Nicola Stanhope for helping support Nima.
Rina
Rina is 11 years old and in grade 6. She has 3 sisters and 2 brothers in her family and she lives with an extended family of 11. Rina loves running and she is an active participant of Girls in Action program. She likes English and finds science very difficult. Thank you Willehard and Jane Wortelboer for sponsoring Rina!
Prasamsa
Prasamsa is 9 years old and studies in grade 4. Prasamsa is in 'Girls In Action' program this season and has actively taken part in 5k training. She lives with her grandmother. Thank you Dr. Pranav and Pratibha for helping support Prasamsa.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Our goals and objectives are drawn from our education plan (pdf 760k) , developed by board member Dr. Tania Gavidia in 2015.

2017

  1. Develop a system of more regular updates. The parent student contract will ask them to provide four written updates a year
  2. Continue Supporting 21 scholars through $200 annual of subsidies: $10 per month for tuition ($120 annual), $40 books and uniform, $40 medical care.
  3. Continue with data collection on students.
  4. Establish whether we are supporting more beyond 21 and selection process.
  5. Expand Girls Empowerment Program: Goals for this can be found on our  ‘Girls in Action‘ page.
  6. Invite a youth scholar to become more involved with WOV (board membership?)