Nepal

Nepal compared to Australia

Home to 30 million people, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. A popular international tourist destination, the country is widely known as the home of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. Sadly, less is known about the poverty, population density and poor infrastructure that affect many Nepalese people.  Nepalese children are assigned chores from a young age, negatively impacting their school attendance and performance. Families often rely on boys to shepherd livestock as a way of contributing to their household. However, they are still far more likely to attend school than girls. Children also suffer from easily preventable and treatable illnesses such as anemia and worms.

Child Sponsorship programs in Nepal

In Nepal, our sponsorship programs work towards the long-term improvement of children’s lives through education, health and livelihood initiatives. Working with families, children and communities to empower them to create lasting change for future generations is an essential part of Child Sponsorship programming in Nepal.Save the Children staff design and implement programs that address their specific needs and work across the following four core areas:

Early Childhood Care and Development

Supporting children during their early years is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty. Children who participate in Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) activities are more likely to make significant intellectual and social gains later in life than children who can’t access these types of programs. In Nepal, we implement programs to support the cognitive, psychosocial and physical development of young children, and provide a healthy and positive foundation for success in primary school and later in life.

Basic Education

Save the Children focuses on improving access to and quality of education for school-aged children in Nepal. Sponsorship programs include providing educational materials, conducting school-enrolment campaigns, training teachers and promoting child-friendly policies in schools.

School Health and Nutrition

With the motto “learn to be healthy and be healthy to learn,” our School Health and Nutrition programs work with Nepal’s education systems to deliver basic health services and promote life-long nutrition and hygiene habits.  De-worming and iron tablets, clean water and sanitation initiatives, and health education improve the well-being of children and keep them in school. They give children the energy and skills they need to learn and succeed.

Adolescent Development

In Nepal, we work with young people to improve their health and well-being. In particular, our Adolescent Development programs focus on building life skills and livelihoods training. We establish clubs so young people can share knowledge with their peers, set up information centres and run education sessions for parents of teenagers.