In 2008, CLCR founded the Heartland Children’s Academy (HCA) with the aim of providing the highest quality academic and life relevant education to as many Nepali children as possible to break the cycle of poverty.
The Academy (a co-educational school from nursery to class ten) offers high quality school resources, infrastructure and classroom space to all Nepali regardless of gender, caste or age. Scholarship programs are offered, specifically targeting young females in an effort to reduce the drop-out rate of girls from school and the marginalised caste groups that through history have lacked the educational opportunities that the rest of the population have enjoyed.
HCA also works to lift the educational standard of Nepali schools through investing time in student-centred teacher training and professional development programs in “best practices” of student management that do not involve corporal punishment and student humiliation.
Through educational and various other vocational programmes, HCA caters for holistic student learning, providing students with a range of life relevant skills that they can positively utilise within their everyday activities leading to a healthier, positive and fulfilling life.
Wind of Change started its community development programs in Nepal with the aim to give an opportunity for new life to orphaned, abandoned and at-risk Nepali children. Regardless of gender, religion or background the project aims to provide for their needs in a loving, safe environment where they can receive every opportunity to grow up as happy, well-balanced members of society with a hope and a future.
Building on the success of the project, Wind of Change has now implemented a sponsorship project for children from the surrounding community, providing education to 60 children from poor backgrounds and helping to keep families and communities together.
The project also has established the Nepal Hearing Project to provide assistance to the hearing impaired in Nepal, who through our help will be given a chance to enjoy the gift of hearing, improving their access to communication and education, and giving them a brighter and more inclusive future to look forward to.