Mountainous Nepal has about 29 million inhabitants. Between 8-10 million of all Nepali’s have to live on less than $1.00 a day. Sanitary facilities, drinking water and education are not accessible to many of Nepal’s citizens. Poverty also drives a monstrous network of prostitution, forced labour and organ trade. Girls in particular are often the victims. They are low on the social ladder, have less chance of finding work and violence against women is widely accepted. This makes them extra vulnerable to exploitation, mistreatment and abuse.
According to local statistics, Nepal has about 11.5 million children. An astonishing 1,000,000 of them are orphans! Many of these children have been abandoned simply because their parents died or because the family could no longer cope with poverty, disease and difficult living conditions. It also regularly happens that parents divorce and want to get rid of their children after remarriage. Girls without parents soon end up in child labor or the sex industry. Boys often end up on the street, begging to stay alive and sniffing glue to ease their pain.