Because of military conflict and poverty-induced illness/disease, there is an epidemic of orphan children in Nepal with children as young as 5 and 6 years old left alone to beg for their very survival. Without caring protection, these vulnerable children are often recruited as child soldiers and/or exploited in the child sex trade.
The kingdom of Nepal is located in south-central Asia, sandwiched between India and China (landlocked between Tibet to the north, and India on the east, west, and south).
Although Nepal is a very small country (about the size of Arkansas), it makes up in height for what it lacks in width. In fact, Nepal’s Himalayan range is home to 10 of the world’s 14 tallest mountains, including famed Mount Everest, making it a favorite global spot for climbers, trekkers, and all-around scrappy adventurers. (BTW, we are BIG fans of these types of people!) Despite economic poverty, Nepal is a nation rich in staggeringly beautiful landscapes, fascinating culture, and warm-hearted people. The nation is also known for its famous capital: Kathmandu.