What we do

Nepal

Nepal is one of the poorest and least-developed countries in the world, with literacy rates of about 54 percent and half its people living on less than $1.25 a day. Child workers and street children are common.

Kapan House and Banglamukhi House are situated on the outskirts of Kathmandu and are each home to eight boys who were previously living on the streets or displaced by war and unable to return to their villages. They now live in small, family-style homes that offer an alternative not just to life on the streets but also to large, overcrowded orphanages that often see children neglected, and to overnight hostels that can provide only temporary respite.

Defying the stigma of life in care, our boys are well integrated in their communities, well liked by neighbours and school friends and think of each other and their carers as family. The homes are deliberately small as we believe that developing close relationships in family-style homes provide genuine and lasting support for the children and offer them the best hope for a happy and healthy future.

In a country of widespread illiteracy our boys attend local schools and take additional tuition to help counter the years they lost. In a country of poverty they have enough; fed, clothed and cared for in culturally appropriate ways. In a country of child labour they are free to enjoy their childhood, given the simple opportunities that children deserve.

Now a board of four trustees, giving our time and effort for free, we must raise £16,000 a year to keep the houses open.