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.
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.
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
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
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
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
West Highland Way trek raises £XX
26 children now living at The Hope Centre
Sir Chris Bonnington becomes one of our Patrons
NFN provides earthquake relief
Second fundraising trek in Nepal raises over £45,000
Anita and Nirmala start college
Doug Scott becomes one of our Patrons
Health project undertaken
Solar lighting installed The Hope Centre
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
The original Hornbeam House opens in Kalimpong with 10 children
Water project completed
7 more children join the Hope Centre
Jane Seymour and James Keech both become our Patrons
The Hope Centre opens and welcomes 13 children and 2 adults through its brand new doors
Charity becomes known as New Futures Nepal
Started Phase 1 of the Hope Centre building project
Mingma has invaluable eye surgery
Saved Sumitra’s sight
Restored mobility to Umesh
Funded Nirmala’s prosthetic leg
Launched Hope Centre Project
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.