Hoste Hainse, a non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO), was founded in 1990 by Sulochana Shrestha-Shah, and had the initial purpose of ensuring sound working conditions for the employees of its sister concern,
Formation Carpets, a for-profit hand-knotted rug exporting business. The efforts of Hoste Hainse included hygiene programs with complimentary health insurance, provident fund facilities, and paid maternity leave, to name a few, for a 100% female workforce advocating women empowerment. Programs like a day-care and pre-school facility for the children of the employees, to ensure the children would not end up playing on the streets (which was a problem that plagued Nepal then), were one of the first milestone efforts of Hoste Hainse. As the children grew up, Hoste Hainse started to become involved in obtaining full/partial scholarships for them to attend school with the proceeds of Formation Carpets business. This catapulted Hoste Hainse into the education sector.
In parallel, Sulochana Shrestha-Shah was at the forefront of battling child labor issues in Nepal, hand-in-hand with 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Kailash Satyarthi, which led to the establishment of Goodweave (then known as Rugmark) in 1995. Goodweave is dedicated to ending illegal child labour primarily in the hand-knotted rug manufacturing industry, via a certification program that allows companies like Formation Carpets that pass inspection to attach a logo certifying that their product is made without child labor. More importantly, Goodweave rescues children forced into child labor and has facilities for rehabilitation, which includes education and reunification with parents.
By 1997, Sulochana Shrestha-Shah was awarded the
Advocates for Human Rights Award [cached] for her continuous spearheading of social issues from the business sector, her work at both Formation Carpets as well as Hoste Hainse, pushing her motto "business with ethics." The Human Rights Award yielded in multiple synergies with like-minded individuals and organizations, and launched the Hoste Hainse Schools across rural Nepal.
Hoste Hainse currently runs four schools, grades ECD (Early Childhood Development) through 10, across four villages in the district of Sarlahi, which lies in the Terai, the plains in the south of Nepal. Sarlahi is considered a "durgam chhetra" which means that poverty-levels are very high, gender discrimination rampant, access to basic facilities difficult, and education penetration in the average household extremely low. Sarlahi, with only a 50% literacy rate, is one of the least educated districts in Nepal. Our programs in Sarlahi started in 1998, and 20+ years later we are proud to share that our high school matriculation rate (SLC/SEE) has always been over 90% since inception, with the national average being at 40%, and the government school average being at 20%. As of now, the number of girls in high school is climbing up to the same level as boys. Because our schools are so high performing, even children not enrolled in our schools flock to our classrooms, and we do not have the heart to turn them away. Further, our education programs are complemented by Income Generation Programs, such as fish farming, which is indigenous to the region, and are run by parents and other members of our schools, which in turn generates funds to make our schools as self-sustaining as possible.
Hoste Hainse also provides educational support to schools in Jhapa, Nawalparasi and Bajura in conjunction with partner organizations. Post-earthquake (2015), we started educational support programs in Sindhupalchowk and have re-built schools in the region.
A paragon in providing educational support to underprivileged children across Nepal, Hoste Hainse has more success stories than it has been able to tell, public relations being one of its weaknesses. To tackle this, we have recently started an informal blog, which aims to tell stories expediently as they happen, before they get lost:
Hence, what started as a simple scholarship project for five underprivileged children at a carpet factory is now an organization that supports over 2,500 across Nepal.
In case you are wondering, the colloquial Nepalese expression "Hoste Hainse" can best be translated into English as "Heave Ho" which is the term most used in Nepal while collectively working on a challenging task. So, let's Hoste Hainse!
Nepalese educational statistics show that approximately 20% of the children of Nepal never attend school. The enrollment rate of the children to primary school is increasing but the drop out ratio is not decreasing substantially. Hence the intervention of Hoste Hainse to provide long term educational support for marginalized children is more relevant. Since education is the backbone of national development, the primary concern of Hoste Hainse to tackle this development and ensuring education for children in every possible way. Hoste Hainse has been moving forward to support the government for accomplishing its objective "education for all." Side by side, Hoste Hainse has realized that until the people's income level is raised, they cannot foster education for their children and this is why Hoste Hainse has diversified its programs to sustainable income generation and community development. It has various interventions which are equally relevant in the changing context.
A civilized and prosperous society.
A society where every child is being educated and every person has a better quality of life.
Sustainable community development through education and empowerment.
Educational support for needy children and youth.
Economic upliftment of pro-poor community through income generation and entrepreneurship development.
Reduction of health vulnerability of the marginalized community and gender inequality.
Support sustaining peace and reducing conflict.
Promotion of human rights and anti-corruption.
Lobbying and advocacy on climate change and disaster risk reduction.
Our Executive Committee
Hoste Hainse is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, which is elected through the general assembly for two-year terms among prominent business entrepreneurs, child rights non-profit sector and like-minded individuals. The Board meets on a bi-monthly basis to discuss and oversee the Hoste Hainse’s activities, as well as provide guidance to staff. The board formulates policies and approves the budget of the organization.
Prabodh Prabhakar Rijal
- General Secretary
Hoste Hainse has a highly dedicated team of staff members who takes care of the organization's educational as well as social activities.
- Volunteer Executive Director
- Executive Assistant
- Finance Manager
- Office Manager
- Sarlahi Project Coordinator
- Volunteer Europe Coordinator
- Volunteer U.S. Coordinator
Hoste Hainse USA is registered as a "friends of" organization of Hoste Hainse in the United States of America. It's EIN is 45-3011082 and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.