Nepal is a developing country. Around 25% of the Nepali population are currently living under the poverty line of $1.90 per day, with those who are lucky enough to have a job estimated to earn only around 50 rupees, which converts to around 30p each day. This measly income is not enough to feed one person with the right nutrition they need, never mind a whole family. Due to these conditions, many children, especially orphaned children, are pressured into child labour as a form of survival. Nepal has one of the highest rates of child labour compared to other South Asian countries.
Our Livelihoods appeal aims to provide Nepalese people with the supplies and support they need to create a solid income for themselves. We believe in giving people a hand up rather than a hand out. The support and equipment we provide allows communities to start their own businesses and sustain themselves long-term, effectively making more of a difference than a one-off grant that will inevitably run out.
Children are among the hardest hit in Nepal, with large numbers stripped of their right to pursue an education in favour of working. This means generations easily become trapped in the cycle of working low-skilled jobs with unfair pay, making it hard to break out of poverty.
In addition to child labour, children are often needed to do domestic labour, too. This includes cooking, providing childcare, cleaning, fetching water, and shopping. What is even more heart-breaking, is that some children, especially girls, are forced into human trafficking, sexual slavery, and commercial sexual exploitation.
We work with children across Nepal to protect them from trafficking and exploitation, through various appeals including through our orphan appeals.