Our CEO, Jody Rowe, recently visited the World Youth International School (WYI) in Nepal as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations. Jody joined the HOG Heaven Foundation’s trip to the country, visiting both the School and the Foundation’s Sapana Dreaming Centre for Humanity. The Centre is for orphaned and underprivileged children, and provides 50 children with the opportunity to be cared for and attend the WYI School. The trip was organised by HOG Heaven’s Founder and Patron Joanna Giles.
Jody said, “Seeing the devastation caused by the 2015 earthquake and the challenges the children face to access education, healthcare and support was a difficult and emotional experience. Rowe Advisory remain committed to supporting the education of the children in the Nepalese mountain schools that struggle to meet the basic needs to teach these beautiful children.”
World Youth International is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to creating opportunities for people to contribute to the global community by enhancing quality of life, strengthening communities and reducing poverty through sustainable development projects. The WYI School was opened in September 1999 in memory of founder Robert Hoey – a dedicated young man from Adelaide who encouraged personal challenge in others and promoted the values of self-worth, awareness and understanding through education. Nepal was chosen as the location for the WYI School due to it having, at the time, the third lowest literacy rate in the world. When the school opened 24 children were enrolled. It now has 505 students and it’s average grade pass of 96% makes it one of the top-rated schools in Nepal.
The Sapana Dreaming Centre for Humanity is entirely locally managed and the children are supported by WYI and their sponsors. Receiving a quality education at the WYI school enables these students to go onto either further study or move into the workforce, thus helping to break the cycle of poverty and create a brighter future for themselves and their families.