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Too poor to afford “free” education

Education is a basic human right and often a way out of poverty. Thus, governmental policies and other agencies emphasize access to free or low-cost education. While providing free education is a worthy goal, access alone is not sufficient. What happens when students...

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Nepali Benefit Dinner @ St. Barbara’s Social Hall @ St. Barbara's Social Hall
Apr 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

For tickets, please contact:
Chris at cmstubna@gmail.com or phone 724-255-7503
Karen Williams at: 412-221-4101

NOTE: Dinner starts PROMPTLY at 5:30

Run For Rukmini (Pittsburgh Marathon 2018) @ Downtown, Pittsburgh
May 4 – May 6 all-day


We hope you will join our Pittsburgh Marathon team! Run, walk or relay. Run and Raise money for Rukmini Foundation and the registration fee (for the first 10 registrants) is on us.

If you’d like to run for Rukmini, please follow the instructions below.

Step 1: Please email our Marathon co-ordinator at Ang Sherpa for your free registration coupon code.
Step 2: Register to Run – HERE and use the coupon code that will waive off 100% of your registration fee.
Step 3: Once the registration is complete, join Team by selecting “Rukmini Foundation” as the charity or by clicking “our campaign page” and Click “Fundraise for this Campaign”.
Step 4: Begin fundraising! by sharing your campaign with your friends, family and co-workers.

Although we don’t require any fundraising commitment to run for Rukmini, We appreciate any funds you can raise through your campaign and above all raise awareness of our mission. We can’t reach our goal without your help and generosity!

The Challenge

Poverty has many causes, but too often the biggest victims are women and girls, and without access to education, the cycle of poverty and discrimination continues for generations of the poorest girls and women in places like Nepal.

Due to economic challenges for many families in Nepal, Girls, especially ones from rural areas, are forced to drop out of school to support their family. By dropping out of school, these girls miss out on education and any opportunity to change the course of their future.

Nepal | Facts & Figures


Female Youth Literacy rate in Nepal


Child marriage from 15-18 years


Girls out of Primary School


Women die every year giving birth

The Solution

The girls who are often the biggest victims of poverty are in fact the most important agents of change in solving those issues. Educating a girl is considered one of the greatest investment for any nation, especially underdeveloped nations like Nepal. Learn about Rukmini’s unique approach to tackling these issues through our Holistic programs.

Quality Education

An educated girl has the power to transform her life. It gives her the foundation to make her own choices and gives her a voice to speak for herself. A quality education prepares her for future academic opportunities as well as economic opportunities.

Health & Wellness

Along with a quality education and mentoring, Rukmini Foundation also provides the girls with routine check-ups and health education so that they and their families can remain healthy and secure.


Simply being able to go to school is not enough. The girls need to believe in themselves and their huge potential. We ensure this by providing supportive mentoring from elder sisters (Didis) who guide the girls through the challenges of school and home and help to build their esteem and confidence.

Our Results

Despite the many challenges we face, our team has been able to produce extraodinary results. The successes are attributed to many factors, including: support from community leaders, great partnership with local organizations in Nepal, engagement with parents, and the tireless work of our team in Nepal. Last, but certainly not least, the courage and dedication of the Rukmini Scholars has led to some amazing results.

Success by the numbers

So, how successful have we been in addressing these huge challenges? Just see for yourself how much your support has allowed us to do since 2011.


of our scholars have either remained in school or graduated.

In just 5 years, we have been able to help ensure that 24 girls have graduated from high school through our programs.

Provided training to 40 Teachers from this area

Mentors covered 78 Miles visiting Scholar's Home

The Faces of Hope

Get to know the girls who are forging a new path for their lives through education. Learn about their families, their interests, and the challenges they are trying to overcome.

Success Story

Susmita was one of the 10 original Rukmini Scholars and came from an impoverished background. Being one of the first scholars, she had a difficult time seeing the value of things like the mentoring (Didi) program and the many extracurricular programs that Rukmini organized at school.
After graduating from high school and joining a 10+2 school, Susmita began to see what she was missing by not being involved in the mentoring programs. Luckily for us, Susmita is now working as a mentor to new scholars and helping them see the importance of having a mentor.

In the last 5 years, Susmita has not only completed high school, but she is pursuing a Bacherlor’s Degree at Shikharapur College. She will also serve as a coordinator of our afterschool program called LitClub Nepal at Shikharapur School.

When I first became a Rukmini Scholar, I could hardly smile and talk in front of others, but now I can speak in front of groups and I cannot stop smiling.

Susmita Sunar

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