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.
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 Over 85% of the people rely on agriculture as their main source of income and sustenance, but outdated farming methods have slowed output, and the landlocked, mountainous geography hinders the transportation of resources.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
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.
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)