KATHMANDU: Bharosha Scholarship Programme (BSP) has arranged to provide scholarships to the students who have lost major sources of support due to death caused by Covid 19 in their family, and cannot continue further study. The scholarship programme was held in Kathmandu today.
The scholarship programme is governed by a team from different walks of life that includes former Minister Gagan Thapa; Sudeep Acharya, Managing Director at Dish Home; Manish Jha, Founding Partner and General Manager at FACTS Nepal; Charu Chadda, Editor, Wow Magazine and Jimmy Lama, Executive Director at HELP.
Dish Home, an ISP provider in Nepal, collected donations from various organisations and individuals to support the individuals and families affected by Covid 19. To invest in children whose education has been disrupted, a comprehensive scholarship scheme titled “Bharosa Scholarship” has been set up. In its first year, the programme aims to support 50 students selected from all seven provinces in the country, emphasising districts that fall low on the Human Development Index. Dish Home service providers can recommend a suitable candidate by collecting the form. The scholarship will be awarded on an absolute need basis with a monthly financial grant not exceeding Rs 5,000 per month on each student. A local NGO, Helambu Education and Livelihood Partnership (HELP) with a decade of managing a similar scholarship programme will host the scholarship programme for operations. Likewise, Facts Nepal will provide technical support and data analysis required to drive this programme.
Students of any age and region that hail from one of the districts mentioned above are eligible for application. However, they must have been directly affected by the Covid 19 to the extent that they are unable to continue their education. Dish Home Provider will do the initial checks and provide the application form to the students. A student must be studying in a community school, preferably outside Kathmandu valley. In exceptional cases, applications from Kathmandu will also be considered, but the students cannot be enrolled in a school or college that has fees higher than Rs 200,000 on an annual basis.