The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Consistent with the mission, the Rotary Club of Whitefish will provide scholarships and partial living expenses for three poor students living in Nepal for the coming fiscal year. Usha is a highly motivated young woman completing her Master's degree in Environmental Science. She hopes to better address critical issues such as clean water in a desperately poor nation with most people accessing polluted water which adversely affects their health. The second student, Shibu, is enrolled in elementary school and his parents hope he will achieve a good education to break the family's multi-generational cycle of poverty per the cherished dream of his great-grandfather. Mamata, the third student, completed her undergraduate degree and seeks to earn her Master's in Social Work, a two-year program. She was prohibited from further education because she lacks citizenship, as her father (deceased) was Indian. Inexplicably, she is now allowed to enter this graduate program, although she cannot publicly receive her diploma like all other students. She is a bright young adult and passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and women of Nepal.
The club's International Committee met the three students during two video calls and enthusiastically supports their educations. Committee members will receive reports regarding studies and conduct further video calls with the students. The chair of the International Committee (and past president) planned to visit Nepal next month and meet with the students. Given the current travel restrictions, the committee will review electronic copies of their academic progress reports and receipts for expenses.
The budget reflects the net required support as the women will work part-time while attending university. Further, Shibu's father is an apprentice tailor and will devote 10% of his meager monthly income to help educate his son.