Narayan Shrestha (center) with sreejana school students

Narayan Shrestha (center) with sreejana school students

How it works

$35 per month ($420/year) enables one child to attend Sreejana Bilingual School for one school year (Feb.-Dec.). This amount covers admissions fee, monthly tuition, books, and transportation, as well as providing teachers time to develop lesson plans and prepare for the school year.

Each scholarship donor receives two letters a year from their scholarship student, a photo of the student, and a yearly newsletter about the people and programs at the Sreejana School.

students and teacher in new classroom

students and teacher in new classroom

The Scholarship Program is run by the Scholarship Committee, composed of teachers from the Sreejana Bilingual School working closely with Narayan Shrestha and Helping Hands board members. The Committee conducts personal interviews of all applicants, as well as visits to the applicants' homes when possible. They then chose the most needy and capable applicants to participate in the program. The student is then paired with a donors. Helping Hands manages communication between donor and student.  

New classroom building at sreejana school

New classroom building at sreejana school

About the Program

Narayan Shrestha, founder of Helping Hands Health Education, established the Sreejana Bilingual School in Jalapa, Nicaragua, to support the literacy of children in the town of Jalapa and surrounding villages. Mr. Shrestha has long recognized the importance of education as the   foundation for health and the fundamental path to prosperity. The Sreejana School is unique in the area in the quality of both English and Spanish education it provides. Understanding of English will help the students connect with the world beyond Jalapa and increase their chances of success.

The Helping Hands Scholarship Program provides a quality education to poor children in Jalapa who would otherwise be deprived of the opportunity by financial constraints. With an education, these children will be able to break the cycle of poverty and give back to their communities.

classroom at the new sreejana school building

classroom at the new sreejana school building

The Sreejana Bilingual School was founded in 2010. The school currently educates children from pre-kindergarten through third grade. In 2014, after renting space for four years, Helping Hands purchased land on which to build a permanent school building. Construction of our new four-classroom building, as well as a new latrine, was completed in March 2016. Teachers and students moved in April 2016, and everyone is delighted with the new space.