Child workers and street children in Kathmandu
Child labor is a common part of the Nepalese society, where the school desk and playing in the schoolyard, have been replaced by long working days for many children. For approximately 40% of Nepal's children aged 5-17, the school has been replaced by hard work. Out of that group of children, 51% are child workers. This corresponds to 1.6 million danish children. The figures come from the United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO), which focuses on working conditions worldwide. In addition to the high number of child laborers, 91% of the children in the capital of Kathmandu are illiterate.
IAS Denmark supports initiatives, where child workers and street children can have a safe base with adult contact, counseling, conversation and prayer. Through children's clubs, sports days and events for relatives, the role of children in society is strengthened. We also distribute clothes, food, medicine and rental clothes.
We are working to change the sad numbers so that child workers and street children can have a safe base with adult contact and conversation, counseling and prayer.