Sponsor a child in Nepal
In Nepal, HIV/AIDS, political violence and natural disasters have left many children alone. Since we opened our first Children's Village in Nepal in 1973, we have worked to help children growing up in one of the world's poorest countries.
You can help now. Sponsor a child in Nepal with SOS Children:
Lack of development
Nepal is one of the least developed countries in the world. Over a quarter of the population lives below the national line, with a further million people pushed into poverty as a result of the huge earthquakes that hit the country in 2015. Thousands of people die every year due to malnutrition and diseases resulting from dire living conditions, with limited access to healthcare preventing recovery. HIV/AIDS is an increasing problem – as of 2014, 39,000 people were living with the disease. Nepalese society is blighted by poverty, illiteracy, gender inequality and poor education.
Children in Nepal
The number of children in Nepal without parental care, or at risk of losing such care, is increasing. Political unrest, widespread poverty and the spread of HIV/AIDS all rob children of their parents. Over a third of children between the ages of five and 14 are forced to work to sustain their families, many in the sex industry. Consequently, only two thirds of children are enrolled at school, and drop-out rates are high, meaning few children reap the lifelong benefits of a full education.
Following the 2015 earthquakes, the risk of human trafficking for sexual exploitation purposes increased significantly. Traffickers have taken advantage of the chaotic situation and the increase in children without parental care.
Our charity work in Nepal
Our nine Villages across the small country of Nepal help children and families in the most deprived areas. We tailor our work to the needs of individual communities, supporting children with special needs in Jorpati and providing care to refugees from Tibet in Pokhara. Across the country, our emphasis is on providing a decent education to ensure children get the best possible start in life and supporting fragile families in the community.
On the morning of Saturday 25th April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Nepal, 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu. Just over two weeks later,a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck adding further to the desperate humanitarian crisis. Being already well established in the country, we were able to respond quickly to support the most vulnerable members of society.
Luckily, all children, mothers and staff within our Villages in Nepal were safe.
We created child-friendly spaces within the crisis zone where children could play and receive psychological suport from our trained and experienced staff. We also cared for children separated from their families and worked hard to reunite them with loved ones.
We are continuing to respond to the needs of communities devastated by the earthquakes. From distributing materials so that children could go back to school, to providing winter clothing, from helping families rebuild their homes to reconstructing schools that were destroyed or damaged, we are doing everything we can to get families back on their feet.
Our first SOS Children's Village in Nepal opened in Sanothimi in 1973. Constructed on former rice terraces, SOS Sanothimi is a short drive from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.
The SOS Children's Village in Pokhara opened in 1975. This Village cares for Tibetan refugee children and is one of our largest projects in Nepal. The Namgyal Higher Secondary School in Gorkna is the only higher secondary school for Tibetans in Nepal. Pokhara also has a Vocational Training Centre which provides opportunities for young Tibetans from all over Nepal to acquire technical skills and trades suited to the national job market.
In 1979, we opened a third Tibetan Village in Gandaki, also near Pokhara. Located in the highlands, west of Kathmandu, a collection of family houses offer shelter and love to children who have lost their parents. In 2003, we began working with struggling families from the local area to help mothers overcome the various strains of parenthood. Through the provision of much-needed support such as child-care and medical treatment, we are keeping families together.
Opened in 1983, our Village in Jorpati on the outskirts of Kathmandu cares specifically for children and young people with special needs. The family houses here were specially designed to meet the requirements of children with disabilities, while the Village also has a therapy room with a small pool for physical therapy. An SOS Youth Centre opened here in 1995, providing support for older children with special needs.
Our Surkhet community is in a small, isolated valley in western Nepal, where the road is passable only in dry weather. Opened in 1987, over 200 children and young people live in the family houses and the SOS Youth Homes here.
SOS Children's Village Itahari opened in 1992, near the Indian border in the east. Opened in 2001, an SOS Youth Home located in nearby Biratnagar provides housing and support for older children as they prepare for independence and acquire the skills they need for a successful career. An SOS Social Centre provides courses in handicrafts for local women to help them to improve their skills and employment prospects.
In 2003, we opened a Village in Bharatpur, the district capital of Chitwan District in central Nepal. A nursery and a combined SOS Primary and Secondary School provide education to many hundreds of children. There is also an SOS Social Centre which provides daycare and medical support to many local families.
Our most recent Nepalese Village opened in the west of the country in March 2010. SOS Lumbini is a growing community which currently has the capacity to provide a new home to 150 children. At the Village, we host a range of activities from sports tournaments to folk music and traditional celebrations. The "Lumbini Child Club" is run by the children themselves and works towards the welfare of children from the Village and beyond.
SOS Children's Villages Nepal
Tel: +977/1/66 30 391, +977/1/66 35 742, +977/1/66 38 640
Fax: +977/1/66 30 191