These are all in-country scholarships designed to help keep girls in school. Whether providing school uniforms, supplies or tuition our goal is to help them attend and remain in school.
This year, we started a "full-ride" scholarship for a student to study education or health care either in-country or in the United States. Our goal was to fund one student per year, with the scholarship renewal up to 4 years. Students studying in the United States are housed by host families so our funds go directly to school costs and a stipend to cover the student other expenses.
Upon learning about twin's Aasha and Nisha Sunar (left to right) goals, we decided to offer both of them scholarships to continue their studies in the United States.
Both reside in Pokhara, Nepal. Their goal is to obtain an Bachelors in Nursing. Upon graduation they plan to return to Pokhara and work in "health camps", these camps are traveling clinics which provide health care to the rural, mountainous regions outside of Pokhara.
Aasha and Nisha are excited to study in the U.S. because they will be obtaining a first class education exposed to the current practices and the latest technology. Studying in the San Francisco Bay area offers them opportunities for internships as they study for the nursing degree.
They have been accepted to Merritt Community College in the Oakland. Merritt has developed a nursing program in conjunction with California University East Bay. The award winning program has consistently had over 99% of their students pass the National Licensing Exam for Nursing.
They are currently in the process of obtaining their F-1 visa to come the United States and begin their studies in January 2019.