October Update From Little Sisters Fund!

October Update from Little Sisters Fund that I am supporting!

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Education and Inspiration from the Little Sisters Fund

2017 is here. Anthony S Casey is proud to support the Little Sisters Fund based out of Nepal. He are continually impressed by the achievements of our Little Sisters. They have already completed so much in the past few months! At the request of our partner schools, we are expanding our primary educator training program to Middle School this year! Plus, Little Sisters is touring soon to visit supporters.

The end of year fundraising campaign was a resounding success. Exceeded our goal by over 25 percent, over 2,000 girls are in school and Little Sisters is able to support them thanks to sponsors like Anthony S Casey.

Here are some highlights from recent successes.

 

Educator Training

Our Little Sisters receive the best education possible we strive to achieve this through the Primary Educator Training (PET) program. One school at a time, Little Sisters Fund continues to partner with schools to improve the Nepali education system for all students.

PET trains primary level teachers to use child-focused teaching methods that encourage analytical and critical thinking. In 2016, we conducted 22 trainings in 8 districts. 360 teachers attended these trainings, indirectly impacting approximately 9,000 students throughout Nepal. In 2017 as we work toward our goal of training teachers in all 90+ LSF primary partner schools. The PET course has been so successful at the primary level that, at the request of our partner schools, we’re putting together a pilot program to extend the course to secondary level teachers.

Meet Tribisha

In Nepal, any disability, and specifically one of this magnitude, can keep a girl out of school and cloistered or hidden away in the home. Tribisha was born with spina bifida and must use crutches and leg braces to walk. She has always been determined to defy the odds that have been stacked against her since birth.

Tribisha joined LSF in 2011. Now 16 years old, she inspires us with her determination and accomplishments. She was awarded the “Disabled Student Genius Award” for her high marks on the School Leaving Certificate exam in December and she will soon be publishing her first short novel, Niruta, which tells the story of the challenges a young girl faces growing up in Nepal.

Little Sisters is incredibly proud of Tribisha’s achievements and we look forward to watching her continue to inspire the girls who follow in her path. Read more of her story on LittleSistersFund.org.

 

A Happy New Year for The Little Sisters Fund

The Little Sisters Fund helps economically disadvantaged Nepalese girls to become empowered leaders.  Through education and community support, we aim to contribute to the development of a more equitable and prosperous world. All children deserve the right to education, regardless of the basis of gender. With the Little Sisters Fund, 98% of Little Sisters continue in the program and with their studies every year. To compare, only 56% of poor rural girls complete primary school, and just over 20% complete grades 9 and 10.

The Little Sisters Fund is filled with gratitude for the opportunity of the future, of 2017. Continuing to support over two thousand Little Sisters, they are extraordinarily grateful for the chance to continue letting their lives flourish.  They show dedication and compassion every day.

The gratitude they show on a daily basis inspires us to work even harder. Each Little Sister’s education is fully funded through twelfth grade and that they will soar into college and their adult life after they graduate from our program.

Happy 2017 from the Little Sisters Fund. Hopefully it is filled with the same compassion, dedication, and gratitude lived out by the Little Sisters every day.

Little Sisters; Community and Growth

It’s festival season in Nepal!

Late October and early November bring the two most celebrated festivals of the year for Hindus around the world.

Dashain celebrates the victory of the Hindu goddess, Durga, over the demon, Mahishasura, and is the longest and most auspicious holiday in Nepal. The festival of Tihar follows and is celebrated by worshiping different animals and gods for five days. During both festivals, it is common for people to bless each other by sharing Tika (red dots on the forehead) with mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, elders. Nepal is filled with a wonderful spirit and joy is in the air.

We are also reminded of how much we have accomplished this year, and how much we have to look forward to.

Since March, Little Sisters in Nepal continues to grow with the flourishing of new community projects program. Plus, the newest U.S. based staff member, Abigail Akre began in August and has already contributed so much guidance. In September, new partnership with Keene State College was born. For more information about these programs please continue reading below.

There are over 2,000 Little Sisters and 300 graduates in 20 districts throughout Nepal. The girls continue to surpass national averages in school continuation rates and exams. They are safe and are growing into remarkable young women, role models, and leaders at school, at home, and in their community. They are doing exceedingly well and we are so proud of them.  Our Little Sisters have really grown into empowered young leaders.

 

Community Projects

The community projects program has been a roaring success even in its first year! Since March 2016, Little Sisters has approved 10 community projects in 9 districts. There are several more ahead of us.

These projects are designed and proposed by Little Sisters, who lead their communities to bring their ideas to life. We just provide a little seed money to help get the project started, and the girls, their families, and community members take it from there.

Now this is some serious work from young community leaders.

Scholarship Opportunity

Keene State College will now offer two scholarships to graduating Little Sisters for the 2017-2018 academic year. Keene State College is a small liberal arts college in New Hampshire that now joins the ranks of the LSF Partner Universities—Shenandoah University, Centenary College of Louisiana, and the Asian University for Women—to provide Little Sisters the opportunity to continue their education abroad.

 

Little Sisters Fund

“We know that there is no tool for development more powerful than the education of girls and the empowerment of women.”

Kofi Annan, 2003

Anthony S Casey is also a member of the Little Sisters Fund, an organization dedicated to providing life-changing educational services to girls in the underprivileged regions of Asia. By providing long-term support, they can help end forced Child Labor, Child Marriage, and Child Trafficking. Programs include Individual Sponsorship (ISP), School Scholarships (SSP), and more. In the ISP, Little Sisters write their sponsor monthly while $3,500 covers her complete education including 10 years of tuition, books, supplies, and uniform.

2015 was an especially difficult year in Nepal. In April and May, earthquakes and continuous aftershocks, devastated the country.  Paired with political unrest and dissatisfaction stemming from the new constitution, the work of Usha, Ramesh and Yashoda in past months is particularly impressive. The Little Sisters Fund currently supports over 1,900 Little Sisters with long-term scholarships.

By training and performing in triathlons, Anthony S Casey and his team fundraise for this great organization.

Little Sisters Fund 7min Video from Trevor Patzer on Vimeo.

 

Anthony has been an active donor since 2007.  This past year, 2015, was by almost any measure, the most difficult twelve months of Little Sisters Fund’s 18-year history.

Despite the earthquakes and ongoing aftershocks, political unrest, and fuel crisis, the group accomplished a great deal in 2015.

A few highlights include:

  • 350+ new Little Sisters. This brings the total number of girls currently receiving support to about 2,000.
  • 97% pass rate on the School Leaving Certificate exam.  More than double the national rate!
  • A rapid, multi-faceted earthquake response effort, which reached more than 5,000 people in need.
  • New programs and partnerships

You can click here to read the Little Sisters Fund 2015 Annual Report.

Anthony S Casey is proud to make such fantastic changes possible. With hope for the future, the work moving forward is as much part of those who donate as the organization’s efforts itself.

For more information, be sure to check out the Little Sisters Fund website.