The children of Nepal are beautiful indeed, but their lives are often without charm or beauty.
Life for children in Nepal, whether in country or in town, can be very difficult and distressing Those who have a father and a mother are the lucky ones. Many children are orphaned or just abandoned- left to their own devices. There are many reasons for this. If a father dies, life becomes very difficult for his widow and his children. Most Nepale people still believe that widows bring back luck – sometimes even blaming them for their husbands deaths. They believe that these women should keep away from other men and other families and look after themselves and their children. Those forced to rely on their in-laws or own families can have a very unhappy time from emotional or physical abuse.
Most women , especially rural women, have very limited skills to earn an income and so are often forced to give up their children to orphanages. If widows want to have a life with another man, they often abandon their children and pretend they have not been married. Marrying widows is a strong taboo in Nepal, but with the population declining and many tribes in danger of becoming extinct, the Government has been offering ‘rewards’ of money to encourage men to marry widows! – much to the anger of the women who would rather be given the money to improve their own and their children’s lives
The people in most parts of Nepal are very poor. ‘Dirt-poor’ as the Americans say. Because of this the old custom of ‘bonded servants’ whereby children are openly ‘sold’ by their parents to an employer for an agreed time is still practiced in some places. This happens at special annual festivals. The truth of the situation is that many of these children never ever get ‘bought’ back. Some are not ‘buyable’ back as they may have been shipped abroad to work in other countries.
Sad to say children are often sold or stolen and trafficked for other reasons too.
Thanks to Angel, many lost, abandoned and orphaned children have been given the chance to have a happy ‘family’ life. Thanks to the ‘Friends’ they know there will always be money for food and shelter.