Meet the Children
Without identification and papers, these kids don’t know their own surnames; they can’t attend schools and have no support from their government, and are shunned from their communities. Being deprived of access to food, shelter and safety, they are exploited by adults, who make use of them for illegal activities.
There is no protection by authorities, with sparse and largely corrupt orphanage facilities. In fact research has shown that in 36% of cases of violence against the street children of Nepal, the police are the perpetrators.
At only 10 years old, Ramesh started to sniff dendrite with friends. He explained “when we take glue, we forget pain, hunger and we don’t feel shy to be on the street".
Sniffing glue (dendrite) provides these orphaned kids with a means to escape from the perils of their grim reality, sucking them into a deep cycle of psychological and physical dependence. The glue also helps to keep hunger pangs at bay, as well as mask the effects of the cold.
Without our support, the right to live, the right to be and the right to develop properly are distant dreams for the street children. But you can help realise those dreams to help us build a rehabilitation centre offering these children a safe base from which to develop and be free of drug addiction, or apply to volunteer with us today.
Want to find out more about the reality of life for these children? Download the insightful PDF study on the daily lives of street children in Nepal here.
Sleeping in rubbish tips, paranoid and left to rot by society, the 5,000+ kids living on the streets of Nepal, sniff glue to stave off hunger and escape from reality. Some of them are as young as four.
Many of these children lost their families and homes during the two major earthquakes that struck Nepal in the past 5 years. Other children are victim to abuse, abandonment, and the impact of HIV/AIDS. As a result, there is an ever-increasing number of vulnerable children left stranded, unaided and starving alone.
Padam, fifteen years old, has been on the streets three years, where started to consume dendrite (glue). “It is very hard to leave dendrite once we got the habit” he said.