World Youth International (WYI) was chosen as our primary global Change A Life partner in 2017, selected by our employees through a company-wide vote.
Computershare's Change A Life charity has made a five-year commitment to support the WYI school in Gokarna, Nepal. This school opened in 1999 to offer education from primary school through to Year 10. It started with only 24 students but has grown to have an annual enrolment of more than 550 students now and is recognised as one of Nepal's leading educational institutions. The school is run by Nepalese teachers and staff, with leadership and support provided by WYI.
Our funding commitment to the WYI school in Gokarna is over AUD 1.3 million through 2022, and has been targeted to extend classes into Year 11 and 12, to make significant improvements to classrooms and other facilities, and to support teacher training to improve educational standards at the school.
In addition, a team of 35 Computershare staff from the UK, Channel Islands and Europe have committed to undertake the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, and by so doing to raise £140,000 towards a special project: the construction of a hostel allowing year 11 and 12 students to live on campus and attend the WYI school. This will extend the educational opportunities for prospective students in remote areas that would otherwise have difficulty making the journey to school each day. Further information about Computershare's Trek Nepal 2018 can be found here.