Nepal is one of the poorest, least-developed countries in the world with over half of its population living below the poverty line. Over 80% of the population relies on agriculture for their livelihood. The majority of the population lives in rural areas that are often very difficult to reach, resulting in a lack of basic infrastructures such as clean water, primary health services, basic food and shelter, communication, electricity service, and schools. In order to address the lack of basic infrastructure, a team of development workers, including social activists and ex-overseas and national volunteers founded the Volunteer Society Nepal. Volunteer Society Nepal has been involved in supporting some of the more unfortunate children and women of the country, in an effort to improve their education and development at the grassroots level, by awarding scholarships and sponsorship for primary and secondary schools and strengthening community organizational capabilities. Volunteer Society Nepal has begun a concentrated effort to help develop the managerial and organizational capacities of local institutions, communities, and individuals, to increase the number of self-sustainable improvements through construction, health, environmental and education projects throughout economically disadvantaged areas of Nepal.
Volunteer Society Nepal established a charitable school called Career Building International Academy (CBIA) in 2006 in Pepsi-Cola Town Planning, Kathmandu. The school educates over 800 pupils from 4- 16 years old. The school provides an opportunity for children from all social and economic backgrounds to receive a high-quality education. The school supports 120 orphan and disadvantaged children on full scholarships.
There is only one state-run orphanage in Nepal which has the capacity to serve 350 children, a number that is far from reflective on the reality of the children who need homes. The Volunteer Society Nepal in the present moment has been providing care and fund to their Orphanage Home “New Life Children Home” which is located in the Kathmandu Valley. Many of the children have endured more suffering in their young lives than some of us will experience in a lifetime.
The women of Nepal continue to face a wide range of discriminatory practices that overshadow their potential for growth and development. National statistics show that women’s literacy rate is only 30 percent in comparison to 66 percent for men. As well as not only is there a lower involvement of women in technical and vocational education than men, only 24.95 percent of women are currently enrolled in post-secondary education.
The belief or actions that the lives of daughters are not worth the same as boys, which result in the abuse of the girl child through negligence in any form, including feticide.