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Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with about 25% of its population living below the poverty line, this increases to as much as 46% of its population in remote areas. Fifty per cent of children in poorer areas are undernourished and infant mortality is 35%. Nepal is heavily dependent on remittances, which amount to up to 25% of its GDP – and is only $67 billion in any case (v UK $2.849 trillion (2014)).

Life expectancy in Nepal has improved dramatically since 1954 when it was 27 years for men and 28 years for women. It’s now 69 years and 72 years respectively (UNICEF 2014). However, the adult literacy rate is 57% (2012) and 85% of all children who are not in school are disabled.

In Nepal, disabled children are often seen as cast-offs and pariahs, or as karmic punishment for the “sins” of the family. They rarely have an opportunity to receive much if any of an education or take part in society. In fact, only 30% of disabled young people in Nepal receive an education; the majority are relegated to very difficult lives, unable to read, write, or earn a living.

Disabled children are often abandoned or their parents are unable to provide a home for them. There are also huge numbers of orphaned or abandoned children due to the impact of the 10 year Maoist insurgency, political instability and economic conditions.

All of the children in our homes are either disabled, abandoned and/or orphaned. Through the loving, inspirational teams at the Hope Centre and Hornbeam House, we have been able to provide supportive homes, shelter, education and loving care for a total of 54 children and raise over £1.5m since 2003.

Our story

Between 2001-2002 a group of trekking holiday makers from across the UK who were each visiting Nepal independently all met a Nepali Trekking Guide who was giving some of his own time and wages to support a small children’s home for disabled and orphaned children in Kathmandu. Not only was the building in a poor condition but the lease was about to run out which meant that the children would soon also be homeless. The holiday makers wanted to help so from Nepal, the Guide put all them in touch. They got together and decided that they had to do something to help the children.

Together in 2003, they established a UK registered charity which has become New Futures Nepal and which has successfully grown year-on-year and raised over £1.5 million.

2016
New water management system installed in the Hope Centre gives the home a sustainable and reliable water source for the first time EVER
7 new children are taken into care in one of our two homes
10 students are now studying in higher education
Refurbishment support for Cerebral Palsy Day Centre
Third fundraising trek in Nepal raises £32,000

2015
NFN funds £36,000 towards Kathmandu Earthquake relief projects
Hornbeam family grows to 13 children
A new mini-bus is funded at Cerebral Palsy Nepal means more families and children can get around the city more easily

2014
New Hornbeam House building project opens giving a new home to the Hornbeam family
Our Partnership with Cerebral Palsy Nepal is formed
5,000 human trafficking comics distributed

2013
Two of the original Hope Centre children, Nirmala and Anita start full time work
Cerebral Palsy Day Care Centre project gets under way
Work starts on building Hornbeam House project in Kalimpong

2012
West Highland Way trek raises £XX
26 children now living at The Hope Centre
Sir Chris Bonnington becomes one of our Patrons

2011
NFN provides earthquake relief
Second fundraising trek in Nepal raises over £45,000

2010
Anita and Nirmala start college
Doug Scott becomes one of our Patrons

2009
Health project undertaken
Solar lighting installed The Hope Centre

2008
First Nepal Fundraising trek raises over £40,000
Harrison trek at Castle Howard raises over £14,000
Anita given surgery to enable her to walk

2007
The original Hornbeam House opens in Kalimpong with 10 children
Water project completed

2006
7 more children join the Hope Centre
Jane Seymour and James Keech both become our Patrons

2005
The Hope Centre opens and welcomes 13 children and 2 adults through its brand new doors

2004
Charity becomes known as New Futures Nepal
Started Phase 1 of the Hope Centre building project
Mingma has invaluable eye surgery

2003
Saved Sumitra’s sight
Restored mobility to Umesh
Funded Nirmala’s prosthetic leg
Launched Hope Centre Project

Children’s stories

Sumitra, Gayatri and Sujit were born in a village in eastern hills of Nepal 350km from Kathmandu. During the Maoist insurgency in 1999 when Sumitra was 5 years old, Gayatri was 3 years old and Sujit was just one year old, both their parents were both killed in crossfire between Maoists and the police. The three children had no other family and were taken in by neighbours for 5 months before coming to the original Hope Centre in 2000.




Sumitra

When Sumitra came to the Hope Centre, she was blind in her left eye due to untreated Glaucoma. In 2004, she developed pain in her right eye and her vision was decreasing. We found out that she had increased pressure in her right eye also as a result of Glaucoma and risked losing her sight completely. New Futures Nepal funded emergency eye surgery which was very successful and her vision was stabilised and saved.

Sumitra is a very caring quiet caring girl who liked to help the other younger children in the Hope Centre. She found school difficult due to her reduced vision but worked hard and in 2013 she passed her School Leaving Certificate. She went onto college in Kathmandu to study Management which she finished in 2015 and is currently working as private English tutor as well as doing some book keeping.

“I am so happy to grab this opportunity that you provided me when I was a child… I have been able to get an education because of you… If I had not had this opportunity I don’t know what I would have been doing now, I am so lucky that you helped me at every stage, without which I would have become worthless, and helpless if you hadn’t held my hand. I would like to thank you from my heart.”

In Nepal, children who are orphaned and disabled suffer many disadvantages and stigma, and girls are often the last to receive education. Sumitra’s life has been changed and she now has a new brighter future.

Gayatri

Gayatri has followed in sister’s foot-steps, working hard at school and growing into a delightful mature young adult. On passing her School Leaving Certificate in 2014, she passed the Nursing entrance exams. She is currently progressing well with her studies and is really enjoying her course. She is due to finish her studies in 2017.

Sujit

Sujit has always had a good sense of humour and enjoyed being part of the large Hope Centre family. He remembers nothing of his old life but is aware of his background. Spurred on by the success of the older children leaving the Hope Centre before him, he worked hard to pass his School Leaving Certificate in 2015, realising all too well the importance of education in his shaping his future. He successfully sat the entrance exams for technical college in Kathmandu where he has a bright future ahead of him studying engineering.



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