My Small Help was born out of a strong desire to empower children with basic human rights and the opportunity to carve out a more sustainable future for themselves. The charity was set up in 2007 by a group of friends based in the UK and Nepal who believe that just as the ocean starts with a single drop of water, a big difference can be made in a child’s life if many people commit to dedicating a little time and effort. In March 2008 My Small Help (MSH) became a registered NGO in Nepal. Now, MSH is also registered NGO in Peru where underprivileged and disable children are helped. My Small Help UK was set up as a trust to support the work carried out in Nepal; administrative costs are kept to a minimum ensuring that donations are used directly on projects to help underprivileged children. My Small Help Nepal offers a wealth of local knowledge and contacts, and works primarily with volunteers who have the real interests of children close to their heart.This document is designed to give an overview of the charity’s achievements and progress from 2007 to 2017. It will offer insight into activity, and outline the vision, hopes and dreams for now, and in the future.
My Small Help Nepal (MSH Nepal) has a strong focus which includes the following aims: to relieve poverty among children; to provide educational resources (specifically for early years); to sponsor education (provision of books and uniform); to help fund building or renovation costs of schools and related buildings; to attract skilled and dedicated volunteers; to assist school leavers in finding employment, and to partner and support existing NGO’s that uphold similar values.
MSH Nepal believes that the best way to alleviate poverty among children is through the provision of sustainable education and training. Many children who currently live in poverty are unable to go to school at all; this may be because parents can’t afford to send them, or because the parents need to send them to work to supplement the basic household income. MSH Nepal believes that extending a helping hand to these youngsters is a joint responsibility; for life to be in perfect balance those with surplus and sufficiency offer support to those who lack.
MSH Nepal will continue to provide support to orphaned children, children from impoverished families who cannot fund school uniforms, stationery, and fees.
Whilst MSH believes that funding is one of the first required steps, it also strives to ensure that it does not create dependency. For this reason MSH Nepal seeks to help school leavers source employment. We hope that through thinking Big and asking Small we can make a difference to the lives of our brothers and sisters. We believe that ‘It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.’
Small Help: A little help from many can give children basic human rights
Child Focus: The best interests of children always come first
Integrity: Trust and close partnership work is key Trust: Close working relationship with small ‘in country’ teams
Commitment: Keep overheads low channeling maximum funds to child focused work
MSH seeks to promote basic rights of children including:
- Right to be protected from physical, mental and sexual abuse and exploitation
- Right to a name and nationality from birth
- Increased accessibility rights for children who are disabled
- Right to education and opportunity
- Right for basic health care