One of the universal challenges encountered by organizations that wish to provide quality education is that children cannot learn on an empty stomach. Hence providing meals to students becomes part of the educational mandate. Nepal, like other countries of the world, presents yet another challenge to the educators. Large parts of rural Nepal are not connected to electric grid and by the time the students complete after school household family chores, the sun has already set. The students now attempt to do their homework or study with the aid of a small candle or a kerosene lamp which barely provide proper lighting. Besides being a fire hazard, the children breathe in toxic smoke and soot produced by the lamps. It is not uncommon to see the interior walls of a typical Nepalese home stained pitch black from soot. Recent diplomatic tension with neighboring India has made the supply of fuel and other necessities scarce and unreliable. Many rural homes that do have access to the electric grid are affected by limited and unreliable electrical infrastructure. This results in erratic and frequent power rationing called ‘load shedding’ creating power outage for several hours a day. It is a big challenge for students to study under these circumstances.
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