For many years D2N had 131 students (128 girls and 3 boys) on scholarship in Bakachol, Baksila, Dipsung and Rakha. Education is free in Nepal, but many children cannot afford school supplies, uniforms, backpacks or even adequate shoes and a winter coat. The scholarship fund preferentially selected women of lower castes. As long as the kids were attending school and progressing, their scholarship was renewed annually.
Many marginalized families send their daughters to work as servants to supplement the family income. It was D2N's hope that the scholarships were not just an incentive for the girls to stay in school, but more importantly, an incentive for the parents to keep their daughters in school.