Help Save Children in Nepal

Rich in cultural heritage, with the magnificence of Mount Everest and the Himalayas as a backdrop,
landlocked Nepal remains one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world.

In 2015, Nepal suffered one of recorded history’s most severe earthquakes, causing tragic, widespread death and destruction. Since then, despite progress, reconstruction has been slow, and desperately needed aid for Nepal’s children remains uneven.

The good news: Because children represent nearly 40% of the population, investments in Nepal’s children today
will define the country’s progress tomorrow.

Challenges for Children in Nepal

Nepal’s children can’t wait. Despite progress, children continue to face multiple challenges – including preventable child deaths, malnutrition, children forced to work and girls forced from school and into early marriage and motherhood.

  • 1 child in 31 dies before their 5th birthday – 4 times that of the United States
  • 40% of girls age 15+ struggle to read and write
  • 36% of children suffer from stunting due to severe malnutrition
  • 27% of girls ages 15-19 are married, and 1 in 15 gives birth
  • 22% of children are engaged in child labor, instead of learning
  • 25% of people live in poverty
Map of Nepal

Our Results for Children in Nepal

Thanks to the support of caring people like you, we changed the lives of over 741,000 children in Nepal and neighboring Bhutan last year – giving them the chance to grow up healthy, educated and safe, so they can realize their potential. Here are the highlights – see below for program details.

Puran, just starting 7th grade, has big dreams. Someday, doctor Puran will help children like Save the Children is helping him now – by providing access to good health and hygiene services, so they can focus on learning. Watch to learn Puran’s favorite school subjects!

  • 213,000 children healthy and nourished
  • 307,000 children educated and empowered
  • 105,000 children protected from harm
  • 44,000 children lifted from poverty
  • 117,000 children aided in crisis

Our Work for Children in Nepal

Thanks to supporters like you, Save the Children has been on the ground working for children in Nepal since 1976 – and providing the opportunity to sponsor a child from Nepal since 1982. We aim to ensure every Nepali child has the chance to realize their rights and reach their full potential, transforming their lives, their communities and their country.
 
The largest child-focused charity in Nepal, we work with government ministries and partners at the local, district and national levels across the country to ensure children’s health, education and protection. In particular, we’ve helped Nepal achieve significant progress in child mortality, malnutrition and child marriage.
 
Given Nepal’s frequent disasters, we respond immediately when children and families are jeopardized by crisis. We also run disaster risk reduction programs to help mitigate the impact of crises and have prepositioned supplies for rapid distribution when time is essential.
 
See recent results below made possible by your support.
 

A healthy start in life

  • Since 2000, we helped achieve a 59% reduction in child morality 
  • We helped develop a national newborn health strategy and package, with plans for nationwide coverage
  • We're establishing new health and birthing centers, now serving over 500 women
  • Through our Contraception by Choice approach, we’re increasing women’s likelihood to use family planning by 3.6 times
  • Across the country, we’re helping roll out a community-based program to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission
  • We’re managing a life-changing government cash transfer program for some of Nepal’s most marginalized children   

The opportunity to learn

  • We achieved an up to 25% increase in attendance at Save the Children-supported early learning centers
  • We’re educating 500 of Nepal’s most marginalized children, with a focus on girls, who now serve as community role models
  • Through our Literacy Boost approach, we’re increasing reading comprehension by 12%
  • We’re helping increase school hygiene by up to 67% and attendance by 25%
  • We’re helping achieve 100% enrollment in hundreds of schools across the country

Protection from harm

  • Since 2000, we helped achieve an over 30% reduction in child marriage, from 46% to 10%
  • We’ve so far helped secure the commitment of 30% of local authorities to declaring “child marriage free zones”
  • Our advocacy efforts significantly contributed to Nepal’s legal ban on all forms of child corporal punishment

Emergency response

  • We're still supporting post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction, including rebuilding houses, schools and health facilities
  • We responded to several recent monsoons to help families cope with devastating landslides and flooding

How You Can Help Nepal's Children

There are so many ways you can help create change that lasts a lifetime for children in Nepal. 

Donate
Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Nepal and around the world grow up healthy, educated and safe.

Sponsor a Child
Be the hero in the life of a child from Nepal. Sponsorship drives lasting change in children’s lives, families and communities.

Shop Gift Catalog
Give a meaningful gift that will help transform children’s lives and futures in Nepal and beyond. There’s something for everyone!

Sources: Facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts, as well as our thought leadership publications, including our Global Childhood Report 2020 and A Catalog of Common Approaches 2020. Other sources include: CIA World Factbook and UNICEF.

*Photo credits: Sandy Maroun, Suzanne Lee / Save the Children, 2015, 2016. 

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