Despite the progress that has been made in terms of education enrollment for children in Nepal over the last 2 decades, there is still a significant disparity in access to education between boys and girls in Nepal, especially in poor, rural areas. With over 80% of the population living in rural areas, you can imagine that there is a tremendous problem here.
The Rukmini Foundation was established in 2011 to address the root causes of discrimination and disenfranchisement of girls in vulnerable areas of Nepal. With that in mind, we have set out to achieve the following mission
The Rukmini Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of underprivileged girls by empowering them through a holistic program of quality education, supportive mentoring services and a physical well-being program.
We believe that by fulfilling our mission, we will:
- Reduce child marriage
- Reduce early pregnancies and its associated health complications for mother and child
- Reduce the literacy gap between males and females
- Empower girls with a sense of self-esteem and equip them with valuable life skills
- Ensure the mental, emotional and physical well being of at-risk girls
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.
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.
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.
Meet the Team
We would like to acknowledge our team of board members, staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to realize the mission of the Rukmini Foundation. We are fortunate to have such a diverse group of talented people working with us to achieve our common goal of empowering underprivileged girls through the power of education.