Every child in Nepal deserves a safe and bright future.
Children living in urban poverty in Nepal face daily challenges, from limited access to education and support services to increased vulnerability to exploitation and neglect.
Together with our local partners, we are committed to helping the most excluded children to progress out of disadvantage and realise their full potential.
40% of the urban population in Nepal live in slums.
UN-HABITAT – Nepal, 2020
Our Impact over the last 20 years
of the poorest children enabled to go to school or alternative education
reduction in child labour in Pokhara as a result of collaboration with local authorities
street-connected and working children safely back with their families
young people provided with training, employment and/or business start-up support
children living long-term on the streets in Pokhara as a result of collaboration with local authorities
reduction in the number of out-of-school children in Butwal
Why Urban Nepal?
Nepal is one of the world’s least developed countries with millions living in extreme poverty. Recent rapid urbanisation means the dire needs of urban poor are invisible in the statistical averages of “wealthy” cities.
Rural migrants are invariably forced to settle in overcrowded slums where they are vulnerable to exploitation and violence. Without the necessary skills to secure stable jobs, they lack the means to feed and nurture their families. Unlike their rural counterparts who enjoy free access to water, fuel and often food, urban families face higher living costs. The absence of accessible essential services further exacerbates their marginalisation, invariably trapping their children in chronic poverty.
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