Nepal - Asia
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 work in
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.
Our first SOS Children's Village in Nepal opened in Sanothimi in 1973. Constructed on former rice terraces, SOS Sanothimi has 16 SOS homes and an SOS school. The school offers primary and secondary education for 840 pupils. Young adults have the option of attending the SOS vocational training centre, where courses in ceramics are offered. The skills acquired during the six-month course enable the students to generate an income and provide for themselves.
The Village opened in 1975 and cares for children from Tibet. This 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. Our SOS schools provide a solid educational foundation to almost 600 pupils.
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.
SOS Children's Village Kavre opened in 1997 near the small towns of Panauti and Banepa, a short drive from Kathmandu. An SOS School teaches children at primary and secondary level, as well as offering nursery care to younger children. A social centre allows us to provide support to fragile families from the local area.
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.
Emergency Relief Work
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.
We created child-friendly spaces within the crisis zone where children could play and receive psychological support 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 continue to respond to the needs of communities devastated by the earthquakes. From distributing materials so that children go back to school, to providing clothing, from helping families rebuild their homes to reconstructing schools, we are doing everything we can to get families back on their feet.
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