Kathmandu: Kopila Valley Sewa Samaj, a NGO serving children and women in Surkhet, Karnali Region, won the first-ever Social Welfare Education Award this year from the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
The award was presented in a ceremony in September on National Education Day, which was focused this year on the theme, “Inclusive and Skill-oriented Education: Retaining Youths within the Country, Nation’s Wish.”
The award was established just this year and is given to individuals or organizations making notable contributions by taking custody of and providing education to underprivileged children.
Kopila Valley has been working since 2007 to educate children who are resource-limited in the Karnali region, to provide support for girls to stay in school, and to provide new career options and entrepreneurship opportunities to graduates who are already serving their local communities.
Kopila Valley works within a full-service community school model. Along with education, it provides a home for children without families, resources to help families with stability, a health and wellness program, and job training opportunities for parents.
Other recipients of the Social Welfare Education Award include SOS Children’s Village, Bhaktapur and Mala Kharel, Bal Sarathi Academy.