HAMRO SAHARA (Nepalese for "our support") offers a stable home for children in difficult situation. We aim to build an environment of loving and respectful caring, where the kids are supported educational as well as personal. The children shall be able to develop freely and will neither be guided religiously nor politically. Nevertheless we place great importance to let them discover the norms and values of the Nepalese society. To prepare the children for an independent adult life, the institution shall offer a standard of living comparable to the Nepalese average. Our aim is to accompany and support each of our fosterlings until the end of their professional education.
As a second step, we want to prevent people in Nepal from giving away their children, abuse them for child labour or child trafficking. For each child that requests to enter the HAMRO SAHARA program, we first carefully check the individual situation. We consider if there would be ways to support the child within its familiar surrounding instead of moving it to the institution. We strongly believe that its own family is irreplaceable for any child.
Nepal is home to about 27.5 Mio inhabitants on an area of approximately 147’000 km2. The country is divided in three main regions: the Terai (wetland), the midland and the high mountain region. Although the Terai only covers 14% of the Nepalese territory, almost half of the overall population lives in this comparably well-developed area. Among other reasons due to the lack of infrastructure, people from the high mountain region have less education than inhabitants of the two other regions. The illiterate rate in Nepal lies over 50% and the expenses for education per inhabitant count only 8 USD per year.
From1996 until 2006 a civil war was raging in Neal which until then has been a monarchist country so far. At their best times the Maoists occupied 55 of the 75 districts. Over 12’700 people lost their lives during the civil war. The population suffered financially under the occupation of the Maoists; child trafficking reached a new peak. In 2008 Nepal was finally proclaimed a republic.
Gorkha lies within the district of the same name, northwest of Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu. Gorkha counts approximately 40’000 inhabitants. Situated on around 1’000 meters above sea level, the city is furthermore a popular destination for tourists. Its main attractions are the former king’s palace "Gorkha Durbar" as well as the cave temple "Gorkhanath Cave" which lies below the king’s palace. In spring 2015 Gorkha tragically became famous due to the heavy earthquakes whose epicentre was located near Gorkha.
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