Thank you so much for reading this, I hope it explains how and why I'm building a School in Rural Nepal and why its taken 3 months to finally start my fundraiser for the school!
I'm building East point Academy, RIGHT NOW, a first of its kind: earthquake proof and Community run school in rural Nepal. I'm literally building it, not just concepting it, getting my hands really dirty, shoveling rocks and pushing wheelbarrows.
But more than building the infrastructure, I have been working with The Acts of kindness Collective designing the school as a social business, so that interests of the children remain protected and that they remain out of fake abusive orphanages.
**WAIT, BUILDING SCHOOLS? FAKE ORPHANAGES? PROTECTING KIDS? HOW ARE THEY CONNECTED?
In short, having a school built in more remote areas of Nepal helps kids not to be trafficked into FAKE ORPHANAGES because of how they kids are “kidnapped”. The way the get kidnapped from their parents is under the guise of receiving an education - the traffickers tell parents that they are taking their kids to a “good school” in Kathmandu or any other tourist hub, so they are met with the least resistance and often time the parents pay for the "fake school"
Ugh! Thats awful. Why would they do such a thing?
Due to the extreme poverty in which most of Nepal’s population live in, business opportunities are scarce. Tourism provides many of the money making opportunities in the country, with much of the footfall coming from “voluntourism” a divisive issue in our industry, both controversial and un-regulated.
At the moment this means is that well intending people end up going on volunteer trips to help who they believe are orphans, when in reality the "orphans" have parents, who were tricked into handing them over.
The "orphan status" of these children is fabricated for us by the children’s homes, so our fantasies as Western tourists of 'saving' orphans can be fulfilled.
It’s pretty dark, and yet well intending tourists STILL fall into the trap.
Unaware of the whole operation, the Orphanage Volunteers and continue funding these fake orphanages/Fake"schools" - directly contributing to cycle of child trafficking.
Life as a fake orphan is traumatic beyond belief. They are beaten into submission and forced to lie about having parents and a family, malnourished to be kept small. The children who end up performing for the orphanage volunteers not only lead sad lives but their prospects are even worse when they grow up.
Volunteers can be great. But generally, not in orphanages.
You can do a BUNCH of stuff to help and there are loads of responsible volunteering opportunities out there.
Here are some of the things you CAN do:
Please donate anything you can to this school. It will be spent extremely efficiently on tackling many issues & and you can see the result of our labour by building this school with us.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
Read more about East Point and the AOKC here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zf7zmjq4JPdqMds-wIO8cAagijLISCIXuoIbA7iyAks/edit?usp=sharing