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Facts About the Home
- The Bandipur Children’s Home was founded in 2008 as a partnership between Marcie & Carmen Esau and Dipak & Krishna Panthi.
- Construction began in 2010, and the first children were welcomed to the home in 2012.
- Currently, the Bandipur Children’s Home provides a loving family to 8 boys and 5 girls between the ages of 8 – 15.
- 8 children came to the home as orphans, and 5 were abandoned by their only living parent.
- At least 5 of the children were being forced to do hard manual labor and endure beatings before coming to the home.
- We work within a non-institutionalized, small scale model of child care, so that that the home will always feel like a family.
Facts About Nepal
- The population of Nepal is around 30 million.
- Nepal is among the world’s poorest countries, ranked 162 on the global scale.
- Nepal has over 80 ethnic groups and 123 spoken languages.
- At least 25% of the population lives below the poverty line, surviving on less than $1 a day.
- 30% of children under the age of 5 are underweight.
- Only 63.9% of the total population is literate.
- Nepal experiences rolling blackouts that can sometimes last for several hours. An estimated 6,600,000 people don’t have electricity at all.
- 3.5 million people were left homeless after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015. It killed nearly 9,000 people and injured another 22,000. Homes were destroyed, and villages impoverished. The country is still feeling the after-effects of this major disaster.
- Child labor is rampant in Nepal. It’s estimated that 1.6 million child workers between the ages of 5 – 17 work manual labor jobs. Many of these children are under the age of 14.
- Child trafficking is a major issue in Nepal. Following the devastation from the earthquake, many families were left vulnerable. It’s estimated that up to 200,000 Nepali trafficked persons are in India. Many children, mostly girls aged 9 – 16, are trafficked into India where they become domestic labors, are forced into prostitution, or have their organs illegally harvested. Between 5,000 – 10,000 girls are trafficked every year.
- Over 200,000 people are in modern-day slavery in Nepal, being paid inadequate wages, and forced to work extremely long hours.
- Nepal has the world’s densest concentration of world heritage sites.
- It is the year 2075 in Nepal, and they celebrate the New Year in mid-April.
- 8 of the world’s 10 highest mountains are in Nepal. Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, rises to 8,848m (29,029 ft). It’s Nepali name is Sagarmatha.
- Nepali time is 45 minutes off of the Coordinated Universal Time. The time in Nepal is based on Mt Everest, and not the standard time zone lines.
- The Nepali flag is the only national flag that is not a square or a rectangle. It is made of two triangles that represent the Himalayan Mountains. The red of the flag is the color of Nepal, and the blue edges represent peace.
- Namaste is the standard greeting in Nepal. It can mean hello or goodbye, and translates to “I salute the God in you.”