KATHMANDU, April 22: Paragon Protalus Foundation (PPF), a non governmental organisation working for the welfare of underprivileged girls, has announced the launch of a new scholarship program 'ASHA - The Hope' on Friday. PPF is set to start with educating 180 underprivileged and deserving girls, setting the target to have 1000 scholars in the next four years, reads a press statement issued by the foundation.
The foundation has pledged to support girls facing extreme hardship such as domestic violence, rape, abandonment, trafficking, and unfortunate economic situation. Especially girls from Dolpo, Bara, Janakpur, Achham and other remote district chapters of Maiti Nepal will benefit from the program.
PPF said in the statement that it hopes to empower girls and women to help lead the future of Nepal by offering them new possibilities and opportunities.
PPF was founded by Christopher Buck of Protalus, Portland Oregon and Shakir Uddin, director of Paragon Public School in 2019 with the belief to change the world. “When you love yourself you can love others, and when you love others you can create change within your community,” the statement quoted Buck as saying.
“Hope in these children's eyes and within their soft-spoken words in the desire for what they want in life, is the main selection criteria for this scholarship," Buck further said.
That's why the name of this project is 'Asha-The Hope', says Buck.
“The program complements the ambitious project of the government to educate each child of Nepal. By providing the best learning environment and scholarship, Paragon Protalus Foundation is creating sustainable opportunities for children across the country to transform them into healthy, happy global citizens,” the statement quoted Uddin as saying.
PPF says it is trying to forge a new life for many of Nepal's children who may not have an opportunity such as this otherwise. The foundation is seeking to create a paradigm shift within the Nepali educational and social system.