Recently, severe earthquakes have devastated the country of Nepal, claiming more than 7,000 lives. When we first heard about this tragedy, our thoughts and prayers quickly turned toward the children and families of Nepal. Below, we’ve listed three statistics about the precious children of this country:
Although there are millions of children affected by this recent disaster, it does not mean that they are all left as orphans, in need of adoption. In order for a child to be placed for adoption, the government must verify that the child is eligible through official documentation. Many children may be separated from their parents, but the best scenario for them is to reunite with their family. Join us in praying for the reunification of families who have been separated by this disaster!
Not all children in Nepal have access to education, which causes a high number of children to work in dangerous conditions. Girls account for the highest number of working children in Nepal, which is directly related to the increasing amount of sexual trafficking within Nepal as well as in India and the Middle East. Other children are born into families of bonded laborers and are therefore forced to work to pay off their families’ debt. Since the earthquakes have taken the lives of thousands of caretakers, many children are now left vulnerable and have no choice but to beg or work to provide for themselves and their family members.
These staggering statistics will undoubtedly increase due to the recent devastation this country has experienced. Currently, 40% of children under five living in poverty in Nepal are underweight. This malnutrition can also cause further health risks and disabilities. Culturally, many children with disabilities are discriminated against and are denied access to education, which leaves them even more vulnerable.
Immediate aid is crucial for life-saving relief after a natural disaster. Reputable organizations providing effective relief in Nepal have people on the ground and relationships with the government and local communities. The best way you can help children in Nepal is to give funds to a trustworthy organization that is directly responding to the crisis in Nepal and working toward long-term development and relief efforts.