Philanthropy NEPAL

Love of Humanity

Issue 2

"Do for others what you would like them to do for you."

Consonant with its mission statement, Swan Urology supports charitable organisations and philanthropic work to improve human and social welfare. It is hoped that these donations of time, talent and treasure will make life better for others and contribute to the greater good.


Nepal is a country where one in four live below the national poverty line and literacy rates are 65%, lagging far behind developed countries like Australia. Without education, the people continue to live from hand to mouth, without the ability or resources to develop their potential and secure a better future for generations to come.

Siraha District

About 640,000 people live in this remote, under-developed province located in the terai belt in East Nepal. Literacy rates are only lower than national average, partly due to widespread beliefs that education cannot bring progress or development, and gender biases which hinder girls from attending school.

Map of Nepal
Siraha District in East Nepal, represented by a red pin.

“The district lacks development and the literacy rate is also low 40% which is not appreciable”

Siraha Believers English School

Siraha Believers English School was established in 2004 and run by Principal Kanchen and her team of 6-8 staff. The school caters to 300 primary school children aged 6 to 11 years of age from poor families, mostly farmers working without electrical implements. Some students travel by foot for miles to study in appalling conditions, crammed elbow to elbow in makeshift classrooms, seated on the floor or sharing tiny wooden desks and benches.

A teacher in Nepal explaining health to school children
Classrooms with bamboo walls and dirt floors
Disadvantaged school in Nepal
Students crammed in a congested rental building without tables or chairs
A philanthropic doctor presenting a child with a toy as she speaks about hygiene
Missionary Rev Merrilyn Teague from Adelaide, SA introducing the kids to a koala

Construction of School Building 2015-2020

The local church and community recognized the dire need for better infrastructure and facilities to continue providing opportunities and scholarships to poor children. They acquired some land and began constructing a concrete building in 2015. The journey was long and arduous due to the lack of government support and consistent funding.

A school being constructed in Nepal
Unfinished school building due to lack of finances and manpower

Completion of School Building 2020

The school building construction was finally completed in 2020 through persistent hard work and dedication from the local team, and donations from well-wishers and overseas’ supporters. Swan Urology made a financial contribution to cover a fifth of the total expenditure.

Students going into their classrooms for lessons

The school building comprises 10 classrooms, 3 boys’ toilets, 4 girls’ toilets and drinking water facilities, surrounded by a garden and large playground. Provisions have been made to build a second storey in the future.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
Nelson Mandela
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
Nelson Mandela
Class time
Lunch time