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Nepal: Breaking the school drop-out cycle

Eighteen-year-old Laxmi lives with her mother and sister in the urban slum area of Kathmandu in Nepal.©2011 Alina Shrestha/World Vision

Eighteen-year-old Laxmi lives with her mother and sister in the urban slum area of Kathmandu in Nepal.
©2011 Alina Shrestha/World Vision

In Nepal, only 46 percent of boys and 38 percent of girls in Kathmandu go on to secondary school. When Laxmi was 8 years old, she decided she would quit school after the fifth grade, just like all four of her older sisters did — a common story in the urban slums of her home in Kathmandu, Nepal. World Vision stepped in and changed her story, by providing a partial scholarship and introducing her to new opportunities like dancing, literary competitions, and public speaking.

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