Bright Future Project -
Bright Future Community Centre (Brighter Future Project) began in 2003 as a library. Now it is a combination of different projects, which are administered through BFCC and run by Netra Basnet in Kopan, which is on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
The library is now a learning centre with different learning activities and homework sessions. We are able to check on the welfare of families and provide funds to help with schooling. A sewing centre developed in 2012 and this provided the basic skills for the development of a Days for Girls Project, and products and knitted goods to be sold overseas.
Many of our students’ families moved from the eastern part of Nepal to Kathmandu. Netra is also from eastern Nepal (the region of Kangel) and we have developed several projects there. District Grants helped fund a chicken farm (RC Drysdale) and a learning centre (RC Yarra Bend), both of which have continued as successful projects. We fund the donation of chickens and a goat to poor
families from money donated in memory of a friend.
The advantages of all branches the project is having Netra Basnet is on the ground in Nepal.
He is able to have regular updates and respond to any emergency. The COVID epidemic has created the latest emergency situation. Once COVID started spreading from India, Nepal went into complete lock down, but it was impossible to stop people crossing the border from India. Schools were shut and students were meant to learn online. Most of our students do not have internet access so
could not learn. Their parents could not work and remittance money from overseas also ceased as Nepali workers returned home. We have been using funds to buy food for families. Netra set up accounts at various shops, so our families had access to food supplies. It costs around $70 to feed a family of four for six weeks.
Many families, including Netra’s, have COVID cases in the household and his mother is ill. There is nothing we can do at this stage except ensure Netra has enough funds to help. We have raised over $20,000 from generous donations.