Imagine, if you can, growing up without access to the internet. For many, especially younger generations, that might be near impossible. But for those who live in rural areas of Nepal, life virtually cut off from the rest of the world is a daily reality.
Back in 2014, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) launched its four-year project, to establish and upgrade 11 community centres, with the aim of providing educational, economic and social opportunities primarily through increasing access to technology facilities.
It’s being developed in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as READ Global – an organisation responsible for providing a phenomenal 2.3 million people in Nepal with access to a library and reading centre.
Now, the first two community centres have officially opened. The plan is for all to be both owned and operated by the local communities they benefit, and each has a youth leadership sub-committee to involve the local youth in deciding what programmes and resources are offered.
At present, these resources include a library, IT tools, sport facilities, and educational toys for young children.
And the scope of ROTA’s project isn’t confined to building work. The project will also facilitate vocational training and programmes for increasing computer literacy, as well as training members of the local community in library management.
When completed, the centres will serve an estimated 100,000 people, mainly across the rural districts of central and western Terai. It’s an ambitious goal, but one that ROTA is now one step closer to acheiving. Reach Out To Asia is a member of Qatar Foundation. To find out more about how you can support the charity’s initiatives, visit www.reachouttoasia.org.
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