THE CHURCH IS RISING
Nepal Without Orphans
"no one is scoffing!"
In 2014 we had our first meeting with leadership in Nepal to cast the vision of the World Without Orphans and it was at this time leadership stood together and committed to moving forward with a Nepal Without Orphans. One very real outcome was a leader who immediately set out to open an Orphan Home. He now has a total of nine children, two of which are his biological children.
Nepal does not have a foster care system and adoption is limited to only families who do not have biological children. The only option for caring for orphans in a family setting at this time is to open an Orphan Home. Yet that is changing with the rise of the leadership from the church - along with the new move of government to review these laws.
We were part of a growing movement in the country - training and sharing with key leaders who are from major denominations, heads of groups serving the church and key persons who have made the call of safe, nurturing and healthy families for orphans their passionate intentional activity. The data from Nepal shines light on the challenges:
- 30 million people live in Nepal
- 650,000 estimated orphans before the earthquake
- 12,000 estimated children trafficked out of Nepal to India each year (UNICEF Data)
- 15,000 children lived in child care homes prior to the earthquake in Nepal, and were potentially at risk of poorly-regulated adoption, exploitation and abuse. More than 85 per cent of these children had at least one living parent.
- $2.00 per day is the average salary for a laborer
- Nepal is the poorest nations in South Asia
- 1/3 of the population lives in poverty
- 3 million adolescent girls live in Nepal - 2/3 live in poverty and face discrimination and exploitation
- 75% of the street children suffer ongoing sexual abuse
But, the CHURCH IS RISING. With each intentional intervention - each time we set into action planning, new leaders emerge. From 2014 until today - May 2016, we see a HUGE difference with story after story of children being brought into care - churches taking action and plans to be the key influencers as laws change in Nepal.
Please pray for Nepal. And believe along with us for a
NEPAL WITHOUT ORPHANS!