An orphan is defined as ‘a child who lost one or both parents because of death or other adverse circumstances and is under the age of 18 years.’ Statistical data projects states there are roughly 11.5 million children in Nepal. Out of this, about one million are orphans due to reasons such as death of parents, sickness, poverty, re-marriage, and difficult living conditions. A vulnerable child is defined as ‘a child who needs immediate care and protection from various circumstances”. These could be things like disabilities or learning difficulties, the environment of neglect or abuse, prejudice due to belonging to an indigenous minority, etc. Very tender children are dying in Nepal uncared for and neglected – they are forced to live in the streets, engage in child labor, and are displaced.
We recognize that the rights of these children – rights to safety, education, and food amongst other things – may be under threat due to increasing poverty, erroneous parenting and insufficient mechanisms to ensure a stable livelihood. Our main focus out of all these concerns is education, we aim to provide stable access to education for them as it is one of the major challenges faced by households. In some cases, children who fall under orphan or vulnerable students’ categories are turned away from schools as they are unable to provide nominal fees, buy uniforms or stationery. This perpetuates the cycle of growing illiteracy, low education provision, and a high dropout rate.
Children can become vulnerable at any time and for any length of time due to a number of circumstances. As a result, they may be unable to cope with the economic demands of simply caring for themselves, not to mention the emotional and psychological needs associated with their situation. In such cases, a school is often the only safe and supportive environment on which they can depend. It is, therefore, imperative that a school is a place where these children can receive the educational and psychological support they require.
Identifying the most vulnerable and orphan children in the community, and facilitating prompt follow up home visits when children miss the school.
Collaborate with the local bodies to support school feeding programs to address the nutritional needs of children, school enrolment and retention.
Support children with educational materials and school uniforms
Health care facility if needed.
Psychological counseling and reassurance to the orphan children.
Sponsor a child in long run
Make sure that orphans and vulnerable children have access to knowledge, life skills, services and a safe and supportive environment.
There is still low access to quality schooling, learning opportunities, and safe environments in rural Nepal. Different projects undertaken by MAMI Foundation can help children and their families to explore different opportunities to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth by increasing their chance for better employment through education. Your contribution to the MAMI Foundation will support the education and healthcare of rural and underprivileged children (especially girls) in remote areas of Nepal.