With increasing poverty, rapid urbanization and domestic abuse and violence, a greater number of children are living on the streets of Nepal's major cities than ever before. Living and working on the streets for street children is detrimental to their physical, mental, emotional and psychological well-being. Society tends to look down on these children leaving them with low self-respect and esteem. They continuously face intimidation from other street children, gangs and the police.
Street children who decide to leave street life and return to mainstream society face many challenges, and often end up returning to the streets. However, street life can also be an empowering experience for these children as they have access to income and control of their day-to-day decision-making. The social complexity of this issue and the high stakes involved for the children, demand a carefully considered response.
With the support of C.H.A.N.C.E. for Nepal (UK), over the years, Shenpen Street Children has worked with two local organizations that offered street and street-based children skills training, non-formal education, a safe environment and healthy snacks.
Shenpen Street Children is currently looking at more projects to work with, to be supported by C.H.A.N.C.E for Nepal (UK) and Pay Pal and private donations.