The number of street children is increasing in urban areas around Nepal, especially in Kathmandu. Here we currently have more than thousand street children who do not have a fixed location due to lack of housing. Outside the city of Kathmandu there are over 4,000 homeless children living in other Nepal cities including (but not limited to) Pokhara, Chitwan, Biratnagar, Dharan, Nepalgunj, and Bhairawa. The children living on the streets are 90% male and 10% female. The reason for the increase of street children is due to more urbanization, migration, lack of family support, poverty, increases in unemployment rates, and abandonment. There is no organization that exists to provide shelter or emergency support for Street Children Volunteering in Nepal in these circumstances. As a result, they spend their days walking the streets, and nights sleeping on the streets, which is dangerous and unsafe.
The nation has not drafted any program or policy to try and place these children in homes or shelters, in order to keep them safe and healthy. It is extremely necessary to support the deprived street children who are shunned by their family, parents, and society. It is also likely that street children get involved in prostitution for survival just so they can provide enough food for themselves. Due to the tough and unjust street life, these children get involved with tobacco, smoking cigarettes, alcohol, smelling dendrites, and in some cases, injecting drugs with needles. Some children are even found to be affected by HIV due to their lack of education and sanitation within their lifestyle.The street children rely upon tourists as a way to survive. Once tourist season comes to an end, they are left digging through dirt and collecting plastic to sell as a way of survival. Due to lack of food, housing and cleaning, street children are covered with bed bugs and louses all over their entire bodies. They sleep in the streets with dogs and their pups, which suffer from various diseases. It is necessary to help rescue the street children by volunteering and helping in the fight for the preservation of children rights. Therefore, we hope to help rescue them from further abandonment by providing a stable and safe environment where they can flourish and grow. Volunteers must be:
Willing to work with children.
- Be at least 16 years or older at the start of the program.
- Have an open mind and flexible attitude towards working in new and different environments.
- Be Prepared to do some manual work in their placement.
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