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Educate the Children, Inc.

aka Educate the Children International, ETC, ETC-Nepal   |   Ithaca, NY   |  https://www.etc-nepal.org

Mission

Educate the Children works with women and children in Nepal to improve health, welfare, and self-sufficiency by building skills that families can pass down to later generations. Our integrated community development program model has three mutually supportive components: children's education, women's empowerment, and sustainable agricultural development.

Please visit www.etc-nepal.org for photos and more information about our important and effective work.

Notes from the nonprofit

ETC earned Top-Rated status from Great Nonprofits for 2014-present. ETC has met the Better Business Bureau's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a BBB Accredited Charity. ETC has also been a Top-Ranked and Vetted Organization for 2016-present through GlobalGIving.org.

Ruling year info

1991

President of the Board

Ms. Elisabeth C. Prentice

Main address

PO Box 414

Ithaca, NY 14851 USA

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EIN

16-1383981

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

Single Organization Support (P11)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In rural Nepal, particularly among the low-caste families living there, cyclical poverty is rampant and access to quality education and resources is limited. Among the many specific challenges are:

1. Schools are in poor physical condition (especially since, but even before, the earthquakes of spring 2015) and lacking adequate supplies and furniture.

2. Teachers are often insufficiently trained and have little or no access to professional development opportunities.

3. Many families cannot or do not enroll their children, especially their daughters, in school because they see little value for it.

4. Most women are functionally or completely illiterate, have few or no opportunities to gain knowledge and earn more money, and suffer from second-class status because they are female.

5. Although the economy is primarily based on agriculture, lack of resources and training means that both the variety of foods produced and their nutritional value is suboptimal.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Children's Education Program

Our Children's Education Program works to improve access to, and the quality of, rural schools in Nepal. The program includes support for primary and secondary school children, competitive higher education scholarships, establishment and improvement of pre-primary education classrooms, school facilities improvement, provision of school supplies, teacher training, improved school/community relations, and improved administration.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Our Women's Empowerment Program helps women gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to start their own businesses, increase their household incomes, and become more active in their communities. Activities include formation of women's groups and cooperatives, establishment of microcredit funds, literacy and numeracy training, personal and family health improvement, and agricultural and entrepreneurial training.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Our Agricultural Development Program helps rural farmers (primarily women) grow greater quantities of more nutritious food. This results in better nutrition and higher household incomes. Each women's group member receives training and support to grow food in her own kitchen garden, year-round, and many choose to participate in additional training opportunities to start their own market gardening and livestock businesses. We emphasize methods, such as the making and use of organic pesticides and fertilizers, that are both Earth-friendly and accessible/affordable for isolated and impoverished village resident.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Women and girls

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients who become literate because of literacy education programs by the nonprofit

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Women's Empowerment Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ETC conducts literacy and numeracy training for women during the first 2 years of each of our multi-year program cycles. We offer beginning and intermediate-level classes 6 nights/wk for 2 hrs/night.

Average change in income of clients served (in dollars)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people, Farmers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Est. minimum household income increase (10%+) due to women's income-generating activities. Many women did much better. The figures tend to go up throughout the course of a multi-year program cycle.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Women's Empowerment Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Est. minimum number of people directly served - including teachers, farmers/women's group members, and school-age children. Indirect number served in 2021 was appx. 25,000.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, Farmers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Estimated number of individuals (mostly women) trained in leadership and financial management skills, various agricultural trainings, and teacher training workshops

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ETC's mission is to work with women and children in Nepal to improve health, welfare, and self-sufficiency by building skills that families can pass down to later generations. In order to fulfill this mission, we strive for the following goals:

1. To ensure that women can become literate and numerate, start their own small businesses, gain personal confidence and social standing, and contribute significantly to their families' well being.

2. To ensure that children can attend and succeed in school even if their families cannot afford to send them, that their teachers have opportunities for training and professional development, and that the facilities are safe and adequately supplied.

3. To combat malnutrition and food insecurity by helping women farmers produce greater quantities of nutritious food, using low-cost, Earth-friendly methods.

ETC's program staff works intensively in a predefined geographic area for several years, providing training and resources as well as helping local residents develop the leadership skills and confidence that will enable them to manage the activities without external help. With one year remaining in a program cycle, ETC begins to phase out our involvement; by the end of the final year, the programs are fully managed and supported locally.

Our integrated community development program model includes three mutually reinforcing components:

1. Women's Empowerment: Through their participation in ETC-sponsored women's groups, women learn basic business skills such as handling money and keeping records, learn to establish their own small businesses to help support their families, and gain a stronger sense of self-worth. (The Sustainable Agricultural Development activities described below are also provided through the framework of the women's groups.)

2. Children's Education: ETC covers the costs of fees, uniforms, and supplies for children who would not otherwise be able to attend school. We also improve schools by training teachers; launching kindergarten programs; providing classroom supplies such as educational games, maps, charts, and musical instruments; and making physical improvements to the buildings, including ensuring the availability of clean drinking water.

3. Sustainable Agricultural Development: ETC training and resources improve nutrition and increase families' incomes. Agricultural activities include both crop farming and livestock management.

By involving local residents all along - during the planning, implementation, and evaluation stages of the program cycle - we ensure maximum "buy-in," maximum efficacy during the program cycle, and thus long-term sustainability. We do not seek to "do good" by rushing in to impose an inflexible program model upon an unprepared and possibly unwelcoming group of people. Instead, we go where we are invited, and all along we seek to learn from the residents - i.e., the actual program beneficiaries - what specific needs and challenges their communities face, and we tailor and adjust our programs accordingly.

Our work reaches across generations to ensure that members of a participating family will never again be illiterate or unable to earn a living.

ETC has more than a quarter of a century's experience in providing effective development programs in Nepal. The people who comprise our Nepal staff, led by Ms. Mira Rana (who joined ETC in 1994), possess extensive skills and knowledge in their specific fields (women's empowerment and rights, agriculture, and education) as well as excellent communications skills, knowledge of the culture in which they will be working, and deep commitment to the organization's mission.

ETC is grateful to acknowledge our supporters in the United States and in nations around the world. Many of our supporters have been involved with ETC for more than 10 years, and some for more than 20 years. They have told us that they support ETC not only because of a belief in the importance and efficacy of our work, but also because they are confident that their donations are used wisely and well.

ETC is pleased and proud to have enjoyed programmatic partnerships with many other governmental and non-governmental organizations over the decades. These include but are not limited to the Advocates for Human Rights (Minnesota); Faselung Social Services; the Resource Management and Rural Empowerment Centre; the Dolakha District Livestock Office; Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh, a.k.a. the National Society for Comprehensive Eye Care; Nyayik Sansar Nepal, an initiative of the Israeli NGO Tevel b'Tzedik; the Rotary Club of Jawalakhel; and the Dolakha District Biogas Office. (All of these partners are located in Nepal unless otherwise noted.)

In 2009, ETC's long-term results from past program areas were studied by a team of independent evaluators. In general, the findings were very positive, especially as they related to the long-term benefits and sustainability of our work. A 2019 focused ethnographic study reported similar results. The evaluators noted many strengths and advantages that ETC possesses, which are not shared by all organizations similar in budget size and programmatic scope. Among these are:

(1) Effective focus on underserved populations (i.e., the very poor and socially marginalized)
(2) Effective local resources mobilization and collaboration with local institutions (i.e., leveraging partnerships with and support from other agencies)
(3) Local ownership (i.e., buy-in and commitment on the part of the program beneficiaries)
(4) Procedural simplicity
(5) Strong and regular monitoring
(6) Synergistic effect in communities served
(7) Transparency

Specific achievements from past program cycles have included the following:

(1) 91% of our literacy class participants have passed their exams, indicating that they have achieved at least basic literacy. Compare this to the national literacy rate among women, which is just over 50% at best and closer to 25% by some estimates.
(2) Participants have reported an average annual household income gains of $150 to $200 from women's ETC-trained income generating activities (which are usually agriculture in nature, thus serving the dual purpose of providing a family with more nutritious food). This amount represents, for many families, a 50% or greater increase in household income; some particularly successful women report that their household incomes increased by 100% or more.
(3) Women's status in their communities has improved dramatically due not only to their newfound literacy and financial contributions to their households and local economies, but also to their own much greater self-confidence.
(4) Every pre-primary (early education) classroom we have launched during earlier program cycles is still in operation.
(5) Virtually 100% of women's group members in our previous program areas continued to enroll their children in school after ETC left their areas. This occurred because families now have a heightened sense of the value of education and because, due to higher household incomes, they can afford to keep their children in school instead of having to withdraw them.

Financials

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Educate the Children, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Elisabeth Prentice

retired non-profit executive


Board co-chair

Mr. Melvin Goldman

Founder, Intech Ventures

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/14/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Unknown
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data