Zonta Club of Kathmandu provides bicycles to girls to decrease school dropout rates
In far-flung areas of southern Nepal, dropout from schools is high among girls from the age group of 12 to 16. One reason is that most of the villages have only primary schools. For middle school, students must travel to a nearby village, which at times leads to girls dropping out. Dropping out of school can lead to early marriage, pregnancy and other health-related issues.
Realizing the need and importance of education for these young girls, the Zonta Club of Kathmandu teamed up with Teach for Nepal. They identified 50 girls for whom a need for bicycles was crucial. This allows the girls to not only continue their schooling but also feel empowered by owning their own bicycles.