Learn about our aid response to the Nepal Earthquake
Save the Children runs education and child protection programs in Nepal to improve the lives of children in remote communities and those affected by armed conflict.
Conflict and political instability has devastated Nepal for years. Many children have been the victims of violence or have been forced to become child soldiers. We’ve been working since 2006 to help them reintegrate back into their communities.
Why we work in Nepal
Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a country recovering from 10 years of political instability. During the conflict, Maoists targeted schools for attacks, and abducted and recruited tens of thousands of students and teachers.
Nepal is also one of the poorest countries in the world. Although the number of poor people has halved in only seven years, more than one in three people still live in extreme poverty – surviving on less than $1 per day.
While maternal mortality rates have significantly declined since 1996 – earning Nepal an MDG Millennium Award in 2010 – and at least one-third of births are now attended by a trained health worker, many children in remote villages still lack access to health and education services.
Rebuilding children’s lives in Nepal
With children as young as eight years old recruited as child soldiers during the civil war, thousands of children have experienced extreme trauma, have been excluded or separated from families and communities and have missed school for extended periods.
Over the last seven years, we’ve supported more than 25,500 children affected by armed conflict in Nepal. In 2012 alone, our Australian Government-funded Nepal Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups project, provided educational support to 3000 children, income generation support to 1,500 children and psychosocial support to 4,000 children. We also helped re-integrate these children back into their families and communities.
Improving the lives of children in remote villages
Access to basic health and education services is difficult for much of the population who live in remote and often mountainous villages. For many children, the nearest school or health clinic may too far for them to reach on foot. Save the Children is changing this by building schools and health clinics in rural communities, training teachers and local health workers and equipping them with essential resources like school books and birthing kits.
These initiatives have been proudly supported by our Child Sponsorship program, and volunteers who’ve participated in Trek Nepal, our most successful Adventure Volunteering trip, which we’ve been running since 2009.
Working together to assist children in Nepal
Through our global network, Save the Children currently works in 62 of Nepal’s 75 districts. In 2012, we directly reached more than one million children through the combined efforts of Save the Children International, which includes vital health, HIV and Aids, child protection, nutrition and livelihood programs. In each program, we encourage children and their families to participate in planning and decision-making, and we find solutions together.