THE CHILDREN OF NEPAL
Poverty and a decade of violent political instability have taken a toll on the Nepalese people. It’s estimated that 34% of children aged 5-14 are engaged in some type of child labor, while 41% of children are married by the age of 18 (US Department of Labour). According to UNICEF statistics (2009), there are approximately 650,000 orphan children and 28,000 children affected by HIV/AIDS. In April 2015, the country’s capital Kathmandu was hit by a devastating earthquake. Nearly 2 million children were affected, with 320,000 left homeless (Save The Children).
While education rates have been historically low, there have been some significant improvements in the past decades; from 1971 to 2001, primary school numbers grew from 400,000 to 3.9 million and secondary school increased from 120,000 to 1.5 million. Consequently, literacy rates have improved greatly, from 23 percent in 1981 to 54 percent in 2012 (UNICEF).
We deliver our holistic care model so that each child can grow into an educated, independent and empowered adult. Our work is in partnership with two local organisations; Sano Palia and Star Children.
We also work closely with community groups and institutions, to ensure we are enabling and empowering the entire community.