Our Approach: ETC's Model for Lasting Change

Nepal is, economically, a very poor country in which per capita annual income is only $440. Rural areas especially suffer from a woeful lack of social and economic infrastructure. People in dalit ("untouchable") and janjati (ethnic minority) communities are most likely to be subject to poverty and exclusion and within these groups women suffer the most.

ETC's model builds self-reliance in dalit and janajati communities by ensuring quality education for children and adults through programs that build awareness and foster sustainable improvements in standards of living. Our approach has three interlocking components: children's education, women's empowerment, and agricultural development. Read about one of our recent projects next.

Featured Project

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Educate the Children establishes kindergarten classes, including training teachers in age-appropriate pedagogy

Many of the children ETC works with are from janjati communities and quite often Nepali is their second language. When these children start school in the first grade, they are at an immediate disadvantage. Read More

Areas of Focus


Children's Education

ETC provides scholarships, teacher training, building materials and more to improve the quality of education in public schools.more button

Women's Empowerment

Through literacy training and organizational development ETC helps women gain the skills needed to become strong leaders in their communities. more button

Agricultural Development

ETC's agriculture program works to improve the nutrition and incomes of Nepali family farmers.more button