Child labour in Kathmandu seems to have become the norm. There are schools
of course, but the city has one the world’s highest drop out rates from
Some of those who ‘drop out’ don’t do so voluntarily – there are reports of
Nepalese children being sold into slavery in India.
Apart from some amazing views– one of these must be the Buddha Academy where
formerly destitute children learn not only the usual three ‘R’s but also how
they can become agents for change. The headmaster was a refugee from Tibet,
so understands the plight of so many of his pupils.
Help children in Kathmandu with
Katja House is a charity
organization that cares for street children in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Nepal, like many poor countries, has many unfortunate street children with
little prospect for the future. Katja House attempts to change the lives of
these children by educating and caring for some of these children.
There are 5,000 street children
drifting through Kathmandu, a number swollen by 1,000 every year. Most have
no shelter, no means of support, no hope. They are called, ironically,
'survivors.' Most are runaways or orphans. Some are abandoned. All are
desperate. Products of poverty, the rural exodus to the cities.