Organization Mission: What problem is your organization committed to solving? In particular, describe what is innovative about your approach.
Our mission to provide education, welfare and shelter to the most disadvantaged children for whom little or no help is forthcoming. Our goals are: i) Assistance with the relief of poverty amongst the communities that need our help the most; ii) Advancement of education; iii) Empowerment of local communities
There are around 30,000 children living on the streets in Nepal. A large number of children don't have access to basic education. Our Sansar are trying to address these two issues in innovative and sustainable ways.
Impact: What has been the impact of your solution to date?
1. 10 children living at the children's home in Birgunj, all receiving education and extracurricular training. Other children living on the streets in Birgunj and Chitwan receiving assistance in form of counselling, food, clothes and informal education. First ever survey on street children in Birgunj conducted by Our Sansar staff with the support of local authorities
2. 360 teachers trained in Birgunj, Hetauda, Chitwan areas, with a double number of that requesting the training this year. 2 permanent school links, a number of one off exchanges between the schools, with a number of schools waiting for their links to start later this year
Impact: What is your projected impact after receiving consulting support from American Express?
We are hoping to get more exposure nationally and internationally, raise awareness about the plight of street children, education and Our Sansar in general. We have also set up a social enterprise in the UK to diversify our income streams - having support from American Express would enable us to gain extra skills and in return raise funding for the projects. As everything is becoming digital, we are planning to move most of our campaigns online and support with social media planning and evaluation of our marketing strategies would make an enormous difference to the organisation.
Sustainability: Do you currently have the financial and human resources to implement new strategies or recommendations offered through this partnership, or would implementation be dependent on receiving additional funding? Please describe.
In the UK, all staff members are working on a voluntary basis, apart from one person who has just been funded for a short contract to establish our social enterprise. All our local Nepalese staff members are paid and we also receive support from a number of local volunteers. Even though the team is working on a voluntary basis, everyone is very dedicated to the cause and success driven. As a charity we receive a number of gifts in kind, for example Google Ads, so our marketing costs can be kept to a minimum. If some of the suggestions offered by American Express are beyond our budget, we will look into raising further funding.