Help Save Children in Nepal

Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with about one-quarter of the population living below the poverty line. But natural disasters including a devastating earthquake – and in 2017, the worst flooding in 15 years from monsoons and landslides – have displaced thousands of families, turning an already frail economy, desperate.

The Challenges for Children in Nepal

Recovering from landslides and extreme flooding from monsoons, children in Nepal need your help.*

  • 25% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 29 dies before their 5th birthday - 5 times that of the United States
  • 36% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 14% of school-age children are out of school
  • 37% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 27% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 16 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 47% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
Map of Nepal

Our Work for Children in Nepal

When disaster strikes, children are the most vulnerable – and Nepal has suffered more than its fair share in recent years. In 2017, monsoons and the worst rainy season in 15 years caused landslides and major flooding in 35 districts. 1.7 million people were affected, with 20,880 families displaced, 43,400 homes destroyed, and millions of acres of croplands destroyed. Entire communities lost their source of income, water-borne diseases became a major threat, and repair was slow to many roads and infrastructure. Save the Children responded, distributing hygiene kits and kitchen kits, helping families regain their livelihoods and supporting the restoration of agricultural land.

These flash floods came on the heels of another disaster – in April of 2015 a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Nepal affecting millions of families and injuring more than 22,000 people, including children. Save the Children was well prepared to respond; our teams reached more than 585,000 people, including 352,951 children, with vital aid.

Since 1982, Save the Children in Nepal has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Nepal continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

  • Protected 64,682 children from harm
  • Supported 99,730 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 305,999 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 23,642 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs

How to Help Children in Nepal

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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