Nepal Scholarships





History Logs

Project Description

Country: Nepal

Location: Kathmandu

Total Budget: $3,715

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Education: Scholarship

Summary: Provide scholarships for three students in Kathmandu, Nepal

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.

Addendum to Project Description (added after the project was signed)

Hi Brian: On behalf of the Rotary Club of Whitefish I have submitted two projects for consideration regarding District Grants FY 20/21. Our club must prioritize the two I am advised. So, which of my two children, er projects, do I love more? * P3185 Nepal Scholarships, is our first priority. * P3245 Groceries for needy families is our second priority.

Project Contact Person

District: 5390

Rotary Club of: Whitefish

Primary Contact: Bruce Aronson

Email: brucecraib@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





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Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Bruce Aronson

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Sue Carstens.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by A. J. Spear.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Nicole Jemming.


by Bruce Aronson

System Entry: Project signed by Bruce Aronson.


by Bruce Aronson

As requested, here's a History Log entry for District Grant P-3185. Various updates were submitted on June 2, 16, 26, and July 3, and found via the Documents tab above. While requests for updates are transmitted from the website (automatically?), the club awaits a request for a review of the initial denial of the application given the importance and expected very significant positive impacts of implementing the grant in a very third world country.

Does anyone actually read these History Log entries?


by Brian T Furey

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Bruce Aronson

The three students are enrolled in classes despite Covid-19. Shibu, now in 4th grade, has all required books and is being mentored by his father at home as students are not allowed on campus for now. Mamata's classes are conducted online and Usha's classes resume next week, online, as she completes her post graduate degree.


by Bruce Aronson

The chair of the International Committee updated the committee and is now trying to arrange a video call with the committee and students.


by Bruce Aronson

Recent expenses for Shibu and Mamata uploaded today.


by Bruce Aronson

Usha's tuition receipt September 15, 2020 uploaded.


by Bruce Aronson

Mamata and Usha continue to take classes online and remain locked down. Shibu is taught at home by his father for now, with textbooks provided by his school. Shibu's school is closed to in-person classes.


by Jason Cronk

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.


by Bruce Aronson

As before, Mamata and Usha continue to take classes online and remain locked down. Shibu is taught at home by his father for now, with textbooks provided by his school. Shibu's school is closed to in-person classes.


by Bruce Aronson

Same as the above log entry except that Usha indicates her graduation date may be extended due to Covid-19. As with most things Nepal, the outcome will be clear well later. Watch this space.


by Bruce Aronson

Exams have been delayed for the students given Covid-19, with clarification of exam dates and results in a month or so.


by Bruce Aronson

Usha - master's degree program, environmental science, just completed her "practical exams of second semester."

Mamata completed her final exams, first semester, towards a master's degree in social work.

Shibu - has been home for many months as his education hostel and in-person classes were suspended. He returns to the hotel and in-person classes on February 17. His second term interim exam results were very poor. He will now prepare for his final exams in two months.


by Bruce Aronson

The students are attending in-person sessions with final expenses under the grant being invoiced. Watch this space for more and exciting news.

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