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
- Himalayan Boarding High School, Budhanilkantha
- Budhanilkantha Higher Secondary School and College, Budhanilkantha
- Fusion Academy, Budhanilkantha
- Buddha Academy Boarding School, Bouddha
- Puspalal Memorial College, Chabahil
- Conventry Boarding School, Bouddha
- Samata Shiksha Niketan, Bouddha
- Tri-jyoti Higher Secondary School, Kapan
- Morgan International College, Basundhara
Book and Uniform Subsidies
We provide the equivalent of $40 USD in Nepali Rupees at the beginning of each year to the mother of the family. This is done in front of students and school administrators when the parent-student contract is signed.
Medical Exams and Follow-up Care
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. And should it not be enough – we will do our best to connect students and families with local resources.
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. Our goals and objectives are drawn from our education plan (pdf 760k), developed by board member Dr. Tania Gavidia.
Please note that all students, families, and donors have given us permission to use pictures, stories, and names on this page.
Isha is 13 years old and studies in grade 8. Her favorite subject is Nepali because she gets to read different moral stories. She likes the color red, loves singing and wants to be a doctor someday. She loves running, hiking and other activities. Thank you Meekha Shrestha for helping support Isha.
Ranjita is 13 yrs old studying in 7th grade. Her favorite subject is Nepali. She loves to play badminton and is also passionate about dresses. 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 is 18 years old studying in grade 12 and is a faculty of management. Computer Science is his favorite subject and likes doing computer programming. He aspires to become a computer engineer in future and wants to study further in this field. He loves playing football and likes hiking in mountains. He also takes beautiful photos. Thank you, James Curran, for sponsoring Pemba!
Phurba is 14 years old and studies in 7th grade. He loves eating thukpa (a traditional sherpa noodle), playing football and is also fond of boxing. His favorite subject is compulsory maths and loves to play with the calculations. He wants to be a businessman in future. Thank you, Brandy Milstead, for helping support Phurba.
Dawa is 13 years old studying in 8th grade in the northern part of Kathmandu valley with his grandfather and aunt. He walks 1 hr to go to school every day. He likes playing football. He hopes to be a doctor someday. Thank you George M. in Seattle for helping to support Dawa!
Sudip is 12 yrs old studying in 5th grade in the northern part of Kathmandu valley. He wants to play basketball and also likes to read books. His favorite subject is Maths. Supporters: Adam Mort 2017.
Ganga is the twin sister of Kelsang (below). She is 17 years old and studies in grade 11 and is a faculty of management. She loves reading books, traveling, hiking, watching television and helping out her aunt in the kitchen. Economics is her favorite subject. She is excited to study about society too. Thank you Willehard and Jane Wortelboer for helping support Ganga and Kelsang in 2017.
Kelsang is the twin sister of Ganga (above). She is 17 years old and studies in grade 11 and is a faculty of Science. Travelling, reading novels, biking, basketball, computer works are her hobbies. Science is her favorite subject and performs excellent grades academically. Thank you Willehard and Jane Wortelboer for helping support Ganga and Kelsang in 2017.
Mingmar is 12 years old and studies in grade 6 in one of the schools in the northern part of Kathmandu valley. His favorite subject is Maths and also a good scorer academically. He wants to be an engineer. He likes to play football. Mingmar’s favorite food is mo: mo (Tibetan dumplings). Thank you, Barbara Fiddler, for supporting Mingmar.
Sonam studies in 7th grade and he is 14 years old. He finds Science, an entertaining subject and easy too. 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 is 16 years old studying in grade 8. She loves drawing and wants to be an artist in future. Nepali is her favorite subject since she finds it very interesting. Orange is her favorite color and she loves ice-cream. Thank you Willehard and Jane Wortelboer for sponsoring Sangita!
Pasang is 10 years old studying in grade 3. Science and social are his favorite subject. He enjoys studying at his school and is a very punctual student. He likes to play football and watch Television. Thank you David Vallejo Muñoz for sponsoring Pasang.
Chhering T (Maiti)
Chhering is 14 years old, studies in grade 8 in the northern part of Kathmandu valley. Chhering is also called by the name “Maiti”. Occupation is her favorite subject since she can learn about different career people are engaged upon. Chhering like to hike, play basketball and read books. She lost both of her father and mother when she was just 11. She was brought to Kathmandu then and is currently staying with her grandmother. Thank you Willehard and Jane Wortelboer for sponsoring Chhering.
Sher Lakhpa S.
Sher Lhakpa is 10 years old and studying in 5th grade in the northern part of Kathmandu valley. Social study is his favorite subject and red, the favorite color. He wants to be a trekking guide in future as he loves exploring. He loves eating apples and playing badminton and basketball. Thank you Dr. Berry for helping to support Lakhpa’s education.
Sampriti is 13 years old, studies in grade 6. 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 was a member of “Girls in Action” team under girls empowerment program run by Wide Open Vistas. Thank you, Amanda M. for supporting Sampriti.
Dina is 10 years old studying in 5th grade in the northern part of Kathmandu valley. She enjoys participating in extracurricular activities. She loves playing badminton, watching television, singing and eating mo:mos (Nepali and Tibetan style dumplings). She wants to be a doctor in future. Educational support provided by John and Georgie J.
Pramod is 8 years old and studies in grade one in the northern part of Kathmandu valley. His favorite subject is General Knowledge. He loves to watch cartoons, play football, table tennis, and cycling. Thank you, Nicola Stanhope, for supporting Pramod.
Smriti is 17 years old studying in grade 12 and is a faculty of management. English is her favorite subject because she loves to read stories. She loves coloring and dancing. She has been actively participating in ‘Girls In Action’ programs and is now a program leader where she trains and leads the activities. Thank you, Nicola Stanhope for helping support Smriti.
Nima is 16 years old and is a special-needs student studying in grade 3. Nepali is his favorite subject because he loves his language. He loves eating thukpa (Tibetan noodle soup), likes to play and watch football. His favorite color is green. Thank you, Nicola Stanhope, for helping support Nima.
Rina is 11 years old and studies in grade 6 in the northern part of Kathmandu valley. She lives with an extended family of 11. Rina loves running and she is an active and passionate participant of Girls in Action program. She likes English and finds science very difficult. Thank you, Willehard and Jane Wortelboer for sponsoring Rina!
Prasamsha is 9 years old and studies in grade 4 in the northern part of Kathmandu valley. She lives with her grandmother. Her favorite subject is Nepali and yellow, her favorite color. Prasamsha loves making greeting cards. Thank you, Drs. Pranav and Pratibha for helping support Prasamsa.