Nepal

We have been working in Nepal since 2003; we operate in 42 villages in the districts of Chitwan, Makwanpur, Kathmandu and Lalitpur. Our projects aim to improve the living conditions of boys and girls in the country's most remote areas. We also work to guarantee that the fundamental rights of women affected by the civil war are respected, and to support victims of the devastating 2015 earthquake.

Why we work there

Our intervention in Nepal focuses on the poorest and most remote areas, which lack road infrastructure and electricity. It aims to guarantee girls and boys the right to quality education and healthcare while also respecting gender equality. We help children to attend school and provide them with meals, clothes, games and supplies. We offer them regular medical checkups, and we support schools in terms of both infrastructure and teacher training.

In the districts of Chitwan and Makwanpur, the lack of arable land, the high unemployment rate and the low level of education are the main problems afflicting families. Communities lack basic infrastructure and services such as roads, hospitals, markets and schools.

Girls are traditionally encouraged to marry at a young age (14/15), while boys are forced to work in restaurants or as domestic workers to increase the family’s income:

the school dropout rate is consequently very high, even at the primary education stage.

In the districts of Lalitpur and Kathmandu, the girls and boys who receive our support come from the poorest and most marginal neighbourhoods. Their parents are often immigrants, employed in menial jobs and trying to survive from one day to the next, sometimes without a roof over their heads. In the majority of cases, they do not have an education and are unable to provide for their children.

Our initiatives safeguard the rights of disadvantaged people while at the same time promoting harmonious development and better opportunities for growth in the community as a whole. We also run projects to support women who are victims of the civil war, helping them to reclaim their rights and finally obtain justice.

Our long-standing presence in the area and our knowledge of the country also allowed us to intervene immediately to meet the basic needs of those affected by the earthquake in April 2015.

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Country Representative

Fulvia Clerici
Country Representative

Country statistics

28,5 million

inhabitants

17%

population below 5 years of age

23,1 anni

average age of the population

2.337 $

average annual income per capita

15%

live below the poverty line

35,8 / 1000

under-five mortality rate

37,4%

under-five malnutrition rate

35,3%

illiteracy rate among over-15s

32%

population over the age of 25 with a secondary school qualification

29,9%

school dropout rate

37%

child labour rate (5-14 years old)

4,8

happiness index (on a scale of 1-10)

Source: Human Development Index 2016, United Nations Development Programmme (UNDP)

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