Kathmandu's homeless children
Lack of education
Over a third of Nepal’s population are children. Nepal has a net primary school enrolment of only 66% - 79% for males and 60% for females - due to the necessity of paying government school enrolment fees. Of these, only 44% of entrants reach grade 5.
Due to the extreme poverty in the country, 44% of children aged 10 – 14 work for a livelihood in Nepal. Children are involved in agriculture, manufacturing, catering, manual labour, the tourist and travel industry, prostitution and begging. Jobs can include rock breaking, rag picking, working in factories and portering – the physical risks of such work are huge.