Nepal: one of the world’s poorest nations
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Most Nepalis live on less than £2 per day.
The global economic slowdown, diseases, natural disasters, poverty and political instability have led to a growing number of orphaned and homeless children.
Some are left with relatives unable to cope with additional numbers. Others join the thousands of homeless street children who end up in the cities living a life of misery and squalor.
There is no compulsory schooling and child labour is widespread.
Up to 5,000 young girls per year are abducted and forced to work as prostitutes in India and the Middle East.
Nepal’s cultural practices are often responsible for a child’s plight, particularly in the case of second marriages. If a couple divorces or a parent dies, the parent with custody of the children often remarries. Usually the new spouse will want little to do with the children who are treated like household slaves or cast out, often left to fend for themselves.
It is children from such environments who have found their way to the orphanages funded by Child Action Nepal.

  • Children under 16 years of age make up 40% of the population and number 9.2 million.
  • Almost 40% of these children do not attend school.
  • 2.6 million children are forced to work for their own survival. Many are living and working in inhuman and deprived conditions
Out of 100 children:
  • 86 live in rural areas and 14 in urban centres
  • 42 live in absolute poverty
  • 56 suffer from malnutrition
  • 51 complete primary school
  • 3 die of diarrhoea
  • 51 are girls but only 61% of them are enrolled in primary school compared with 79% for the boys