Nepal is one of the poorest countries on the planet with over half the population (30 million) below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day. UNICEF estimates that 1 in 30 males is an orphan aged seventeen or less. There are no government programs to help these children with the counselling and education they need. Upon reaching 18 they will have to be self-sufficient, yet will not have developed proper job skills. This lack of skills and a network forces them into accepting low-paid unskilled jobs. The result is that they never earn enough or have enough time to learn a real trade or skill. They fall into the poverty trap with little hope of ever escaping it.

Read more on the poverty trap that threatens young orphan adults and the lack of a (coherent) vision on the re-integration of Nepalese teenagers without parents in the article ‘No parents, no future?’ by  the founder of Mountain Child Care Mark Simons.

Bridging the gap between Home and society

Mountain Child Care helps the Homes to bridge the gap between leaving the Home and joining the society. Based on experience we have seen that these youths are vulnerable and can be a target for middlemen or the so called ‘poverty trap’. Our programme empowers these talented, but still vulnerable, youths (and their Homes) to take self-aware and proactive steps towards a meaningful life in which the youths are responsible for their own actions and future.