Nepal

Nepal is renowned for its majestic landscape, the richness of its culture and the warmth and beauty of its people.

Far less is known about the conditions that many of its peace loving people are exposed to.

As one of the world's poorest countries it faces considerable challenges with regard to poverty, education, social programs, gender inequality and economic development.

Political upheaval in 1996, between the ruling King and the Maoists, increased the struggle of the Nepali people further with its already meager resources being allocated to fight the Maoists. The country's social and education programs were dissolved as a result.

The most recent CWIN (Child Welfare In Nepal) report states that more than 3000 children have been displaced and over 1500 orphaned due to the violent political conflict in this country. A UN report states that there are over 5000 orphans in Nepal.

Apart from the consequences of the civil unrest, many more children are orphaned due to disease, natural disasters, and lack of access to medical facilities. These children become vulnerable to abuse, servitude, and the sex trade. In most cases they are introduced to the culture of drugs and crime.

The Rainbow Children Home is one of the many orphanages in Nepal whose mission it is to make a difference in the lives of some of these childre

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