Child Education Nepal UK was established to ".. advance the education of the children & young people of Nepal....in particular,through the building of Schools and other educational facilities & the provision of educational material, tutors, scholarships & other grants....and finally, the relief of young people who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress"
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic things here in Nepal are dire. The country has been on a complete lock down since March and will not open before September as the infection rate is still climbing. It must be noted that the majority of the population will in family units and normally 2-3 persons in 1 room. However the virus is just one element, the associate effects are far more destructive. Due to this pandemic 95% of all adults in Nepal are no longer working and therefore not producing a wage. Most people cannot afford to visit hospitals, doctors or pay for medicines and this is unlikely to change. I appreciate that the risk to children is lower but it’s the possible transmission to the family unit but children are in great danger from the consequences of it.
People must eat but I now realise what actually have no money is really like. Something has to give and sadly and with great surprise the thing that is neglected is the children, especially the girls. Every day there have been cases of children being sold or abandoned, parents just have no money. I go out into the city every week and see the increase in street children. This is not a welfare State so begging is one of the only ways to generate income, there are far worse but not as prevalent due to the lack of fund but this will change once businesses reopen.
I cannot sit back and let this situation grow. CENUK is dedicated to the education and welfare of children. So rightly or wrongly I have committed myself and the charity to at least try and do something. I have opened a small orphanage in association with a local non government organisation in the northern part of Kathmandu. We have already rescued 12 young children and are looking to double this number before Dashain, the biggest Hindu festival in September. Of course in this world everything costs money but I truly believe that this is the one project I have to take on. I have built schools, sponsored children, supplied electricity, fed so many but this is the one thing I feel is the most important.
There are very few true orphans in Nepal but there are hundreds of economic orphans but these are different. It is so difficult for me to explain what an impossible situation some parents face, siblings are not abandoned because they want to just get rid of them but parents know that the children probably have a better chance of survival outside of the home. CENUK will provide for 24 children and pray that maybe we will return them to families when appropriate that is our aim.
We have a 7 roomed building that we have agreed to lease for a minimum of 2 years.
We will provide 2 hot meals a day
We will provide clothing and a safe place to sleep
We will also provide education for a minimum of 2 years
The cost is as follows
Leasing costs £8000
Food costs £8760 (£1 per day per child)
Schooling £6000 (£25 per month (10 month) per child)
Total annual expenditure I estimate will be £25000 which is only £1000 a year to save a childs life and give them the chance of a semi normal life.
I know this is a large amount but I have to try and raise this through donations. I am giving half of my Army pension to this cause because being stuck here in Nepal since March has made me realise that I don’t do enough. I cannot walk down town and not be affected by the children I see. The WHO has estimated 12 million children will starve because of COVID 19 I must try to do something.