Students in the rural Himalayas come from families making about $2/day.
Many schools in the region lack basic infrastructure, like functioning toilets, running water and electricity. Without access to proper sanitation, children are at high risk of infection. In some schools, children missed an average of 20 days of school per year due to diarrhea and dysentery alone. Half of the children are infected with intestinal parasites, and many (40%) suffer from iron deficiency anemia. Children also struggled with poor nutrition, undiagnosed developmental delay, chronic illness, and behavioral issues.
These health issues make it impossible for children to thrive.