Nepal

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Hello from Nepal! We are so grateful for the love and encouragement you show to our children. You are such an important part of their lives!

Schools here are still closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The only way classes can continue is through alternative methods like remote learning, but because most of the children in our Hope Centers live in rural areas, this is not possible. So, what do we do? We go to them! Child Champions visit homes to hand out school assignments and lessons, and when possible, they stay in touch with children who have access to phones. They also bring relief and happiness to families by distributing food and hygiene items.

While we are still adapting to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our children, they have been missing the consistent, engaging community support they receive from their peers and Child Champions at the Hope Centers. Regular interactions the children have with their mentors – the words of encouragement, the counseling, the fellowship – help them stand firm and face any challenge that might come their way. They inspire children to push forward and stay focused on achieving their dreams.

Our children also miss the chance to express their emotions, ideas, and struggles. Children enrolled in Hope Centers are respected and treated as equals among their peers as well as their Child Champions, which helps them feel comfortable sharing what is on their hearts. We value each individual child and nurture them in a holistic approach, making sure they are thriving. We see to it that children are challenged in their education, have fun playing games to support their physical fitness, and have opportunities to grow spiritually. And when it is time to recognize their achievements, we celebrate!

We are so proud, knowing that our kids are already affecting change in their communities – and will continue to do so as they grow. We provide career counseling for older children and help them navigate applying to college and other institutions once they graduate from our Hope Centers. Moreover, one of the biggest benefits our children receive is learning English, which is a great achievement and almost unheard of for those who live in rural areas. They have been able to become teachers, doctors, nurses, engineers, soldiers, and innovative farmers who serve as responsible citizens for their country.

And they have been able to accomplish these successes because of one thing: HOPE. With your support and interest in their lives, they feel loved. They feel important. They feel that their voice matters – that they matter.

Thank you for the hope that you bring them. If you know someone who would be interested in supporting a child from Nepal – to see them thrive, gain the confidence to pursue their dreams, and grow to become leaders in their own communities – please encourage them to become a sponsor and make a world of difference for a child in Nepal today!

For the children,

Field Ministry Partner, Nepal

About Nepal

Child Champions in Nepal tell us about their country.

Nepal is a country in South Asia that is known for the majestic Himalayas and famous mountain-climbing destination Mount Everest. The country is filled with stunning landscapes and is steeped in culture and tradition. The citizens are warm, gentle, and generous and are known for their hospitality, especially to strangers. Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world.

Streets in Nepal’s cities were deserted during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Over a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line, and around 5 million people are undernourished. Life for many in Nepal is one of violence and want, which deteriorates daily in the face of inflation, unemployment, and unrest in the streets. Over 85% of the people rely on agriculture as their main source of income and sustenance, but outdated farming methods have slowed output, and the landlocked, mountainous geography hinders the transportation of resources. With high food prices and an already struggling economy, the people of Nepal also face regular natural disasters such as earthquakes, which can cause them to lose their homes and jobs. And as the most vulnerable group of society, children suffer the effects of this poverty the most.

Nepal is home to 26.6 million people, with children under 15 making up more than 40% of that population. Thousands of children face the struggles of caste and gender discrimination and a poor infrastructure, which makes access to schools difficult.

They have no rights, so child labor is a major social issue. Over 25% of girls work daily, as opposed to 17% of boys, since boys culturally represent the future of the family legacy and are thus more likely to be offered the opportunity for education. Even in the few schools available, children are often faced with overcrowded classrooms, under-qualified teaching staff, and the distractions of poor health and malnutrition.

Sadly, many traditional cultural systems are still in place that put young girls at risk for a lifetime of abuse. Stemming from the belief that females are weak and created to serve their male counterparts, daughters are sold into slavery or trafficked, traded like commodities, and denied an education.

Thousands of children in Nepal are being deprived of their fundamental rights and fight for their lives every day. But it is a battle they can win with our help.

Nepal Hope Centers

 

Nepal children praying

Since OneChild began operations in Nepal, Child Champions have been able to reach children in need and improve the lives of entire families. All children enrolled in the program receive the education needed to build a better future. And a great number of those being served are ones whose families belong to the most marginalized sections of society. Child Champions believe that the children they serve can accomplish any goal God places in their hearts. They offer a listening ear and biblical counsel. They provide nutrition, medical care, and vocational training. And as these Child Champions breathe HOPE into their lives, kids are affirmed and shown that they are loved and special in God’s eyes.

 

Nepal children in class

Because children make up such a high percentage of the population in Nepal, today’s generation will define tomorrow’s progress. OneChild reaches the deprived, the excluded, and the vulnerable and empowers them to grow into healthy, educated young adults who will become tomorrow’s leaders. And with the encouragement, prayers, and support of loving sponsors and donors, the future is looking bright!

We are accountable to the children we serve AND to our donors.

Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring of our fund distribution. OneChild is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)