The ONGD-FNEL is partnering since 2015 with Umbrella Organisation Nepal (UON), an organisation that aims to relieve the impact of poverty and war on the children of Nepal through projects which promote education, the integrity of the family unit and community enrichment. 

In 2016, UON supported 131 children and youths through ONGD-FNEL's support. Following is the testimonial of Samjhana Darjee, a 19 years old girl that lives in Pharping. 

What's your name, where do you live, how old are you?

My name is Samjhana and I live in Pharping and I am 19 years old.

How did you come to receive support from Umbrella/ what is your history?"

When I was 6years old my mother died during pregnancy, and my father died 10months later. I went to live in my Uncle’s home with my two older siblings. After a while, my father’s sister brought me to Kathmandu in hope of placing me in a children’s home, and I came to live in a TUF/UON run childcare home, where I received all my basic needs, education, care and health facilities. 

What support does Umbrella provide to you now?

I entered the Next Steps Youth & Education Programme (NSYEP) after completing Grade 10 [Editor's note: students in Grade 10 are approximatively 16 years old, when most children would leave UON childcare homes]. I now receive support for livelihood (accommodation and living expenses) and for the cost of my +2 education [Editor's note: education for 16-18year old youths], and support for medical costs and stationery. Along with this, I have participated in numerous workshops and trainings organized by the Youth Team at Umbrella. Furthermore, I am provided with coaching and mentoring as and when necessary.

How do you think this is currently having an impact on your life?

Each and every support is helpful in different ways. Livelihood support helps me to pay for my daily expenses. Education support is very useful for transforming my life, as without it I would not have been able to continue my studies – if I had not had this opportunity, I would have to have got married already and been forced to live a dependent life. Today, I have the awareness to make good decisions relating to my life and career. Currently I am working as a Primary Teacher which enables me to be financially independent, which is only possible because of the qualification I have.

How do you think this support will help you in your future life?

I have already received a lot and already have proper base for my life ahead. Now, I can earn enough for living and hoping to get another job soon (paying higher) so, that I can continue my study. I am mentally prepared for struggle and dedicated for a positive change. 

What do you want to do when you are older?

I would like to continue my study and attain higher level of qualifications because I think it is very important to achieve what we want in our life. I want to study Bachelor in Business Studies and work in management sector in my country.

Have you started looking for scholarship for further study?

No, I haven’t started to look for but once I finish my study I will start applying for scholarship. 

How do you sum up your life during NSYEP?

I have really grown up a lot during this phase in my life. As I had no one to live with I had to manage everything myself and I was my own guardian. I grew up to be a mature person and I think I am strong enough to face anything in my life now. I was supported in each and every step of my life by Umbrella so, this would not be possible without Umbrella’s support.