Education in Nepal: The problem runs deeper than getting children into school

One in two Nepalis is under 25 years old. While the western world frets over the concerns of an aging population, Nepal’s future sits in the hands of its youth. Nepal’s young people will be an asset to the country’s economy – that is, if they are not failed by a lack of appropriate education.

A recent report from the United Nations (more…)

A Performance by James Pearson, Jazz Legend

We are delighted to be able to bring a really unique musical event to all our supporters. As part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London, festival director Bob Porter is delighted to present Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club Artistic Director, legendary jazz pianist and his great friend, James Pearson in this late-night gig.

James Pearson is a pianist, composer and creative tour de force, and one of the country’s most respected musicians. (more…)

Nepal: Action After the Flood

This year, the summer monsoon season brought devastation to Nepal. Over a few days, in the middle of August, Nepal saw its worst rains in 15 years. 27 of the country’s 75 districts were completely submerged.

As of Wednesday 30th August, 159 people had been reported as being killed by the floods, with 29 missing due to floods and landslides and 45 injured. The total is possibly even higher, with certain parts of Nepal having been kept out of contact by disrupted telecommunications and blocked transport links, and the full impact not yet entirely known, and difficult to comprehensively predict. What we do know so far is devastating.

Over 43,433 houses have been destroyed with 158,197 houses partially damaged. On top of this, many roads and bridges have obstructed, washed away or destroyed. The total population of the affected districts is 11.5 million; however, the damage from the flooding will likely have a knock-on effect across the country. Much of the flooded land is farmland; vital crops including rice, grains and livestock has been ruined or washed away. Concerns have already been raised about how this could likely cause food and resource shortages, with the Ministry of Agricultural Development estimating livestock losses of US$100 million.

Our Work with Street Children

It is estimated that there are around 5000 children living on the streets in Nepal.

Almost two thirds of these children will have been spending time living on the streets since the age of ten, or younger. Street children will most likely have been pushed out of their homes by violence, parental poverty or family breakdown.

On the street, these children face further abuse, including from tourists and the police. Despite being victims of circumstance and existing in the worst conditions (more…)

World Day Against Child Labour – 12th June 2017

Monday 12th June is World Day Against Child Labour. The focus this year is on protecting children in conflict and disaster zones from becoming child labourers, as according to the ILO, “A significant proportion of the 168 million children engaged in child labour live in areas affected by conflict and disaster.”Disasters, like the Nepal earthquakes in 2015, can have a life shattering effect on children. With almost 9,000 fatalities, and 800,000 houses and 24,000 classrooms damaged or destroyed, thousands of children experienced the death of family, lost their homes and were unable to attend school. The earthquake pushed an additional 1 million people below the poverty line and many families lost everything. In desperate need and with their daily routines in upheaval, children became vulnerable to trafficking and child labour. (more…)