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Official 501(c)3 status Granted to TSW USA!

We are so excited to share the news that as of August 29, 2017, The Small World USA is officially a 501(c)3 non-profit! This means we have been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization. Any donation or contribution you make to TSW USA is tax deductible.

We are thrilled to have been granted this status and are excited to move forward to help more girls and communities in Nepal in the coming months!

Be well and thanks for your support!

~ Sally and Karma

Two Years Later: Moving Forward in Nepal after the Quakes of 2015

It has been just over two years since two massive 7.8 and 7.3 earthquakes shook Nepal and decimated uncountable homes, schools, businesses, temples, and other buildings. The people of Nepal are strong, both in body and mind, and their resiliency is a critical element in their perseverance over these past two years, riddled with aftershocks. They are slowly beginning to rebuild their lives and their structures, when they have the means, but often they do not. Government support is limited and restricted in many cases, and rebuilding is slow. But the resiliency of these people is still there.

We are working with our partnering NGO in Nepal, The Small World, to create the capacity needed for communities, families and schools to rebuild and move forward – with support, shelter, education and the confidence to continue. In the past two years The Small World has worked to build 20 temporary school buildings to shelter over 1,500 students, and 15 permanent classrooms that benefited over 1,000 children. This year The Small World aims to build 10 more permanent earthquake resistant schoolrooms to shelter 500 more students in their pursuit of a life-changing education.

As we move ahead into the rest of 2017, The Small World USA is dedicated to supporting these projects and more. Help us to continue to rebuild Nepal and support the empowerment and uplifting of people who need the infrastructure to match their already resilient and uplifted characters. You can make a contribution to this important cause here.

Namaste and thank you!

Educate a Girl, Sustain the World

In 2015 the UN Sustainable Development Summit created a new sustainable development agenda for the planet. The agenda presents “17 Goals to Transform the World” and two of them are critically linked to girls, women and education. Goal 5 aims to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” in the next 15 years. A focus on girls’ education is also supported by Goal 4 to “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning” driven by the fact that “obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.”

The presence of these goals in a sustainable development agenda points to the fact that supporting female equality plays an important role in the environmental field. Recent globally focused work has stressed the deep interconnections and linkages between gender equality and sustainable development. The report Global Gender and Environmental Outlook: The Critical Issues by UNEP explains “it is demonstrably the case that environmental degradation is associated with gender inequalities and…reducing the gender gap can enable progress towards more sustainable development.” One means of reducing this gender gap is providing education for girls and women. When girls have increased participation in school, wide benefits to individuals and societies result. Increasing a girl’s level of education increases the chance that she will marry later, have lower lifetime fertility, have lower infant mortality rates, and also correlates to an increase in wages later in life.

The importance of addressing female inequalities through education is particularly important in mountainous regions around the world. “Mountain women’s conditions are made worse by the fragile, harsh environment, and the fact that they belong to already marginalized communities” explains the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. Remote and rugged terrain can often make education inaccessible for mountain peoples, and women are more impacted by these geographic challenges due to pre-existing inequalities. “Experiences have shown that gender inequalities obstruct the achievement of sustainable mountain development,” points out ICIMOD. When women are educated, though, it can lead to more equitable use of natural resources, improved water and waste management, and improved conservation practices. Thus, alleviating barriers to girls’ education in rural mountain regions is an important step in fostering gender equality and women’s empowerment which, in turn, influences and supports community-level sustainable mountain development and stewardship of the natural environment.

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Earthquake may lead to generational gap

In April and May 2015 massive earthquakes rattled the Himalayan nation of Nepal. Long after the news of these events has passed out of the attention of the media, the people of Nepal continue to rebuild, heal, and work on a daily basis to find ways forward. Many school buildings and classrooms have been destroyed or made unsafe to use due to structural damage. This impact has left 5,000 kids out of school in the Solukhumbu District alone. One million children are out of school across all of Nepal.

Without school buildings for classes the future generations of Nepal are being left out in the elements without an opportunity to pursue basic education. Help The Small World USA to reduce the generational gap in education that could result from this structural dearth. Help us to support projects to rebuild classrooms in the Solukhumbu and help Nepal’s children of today become the leaders of tomorrow.