Our Journey. Our Story.
In 2009, a ragtag group of travellers – all long past their youthful backpacking days – headed up Yala peak in Nepal. Seeing the faces of smiling yet poverty-stricken children was a bittersweet experience.
These kids have no material goods and limited opportunities, yet still embrace the joy of life. Our intrepid explorers felt a strong need to give something back.
Back home in Perth, they joined forces with Sunrise Children’s Association Incorporated (SCAI). The result was Kathmandu Kids and a series of successful fundraising events. Every cent raised has gone towards improving the lives of children in Nepal. We have now raised very close to $500,000.
Initially our focus was the Kalimati slum area of Kathmandu. In recent years, the programme has expanded out to also provide education for children in the Jhapa and Nuwakot areas as well.
It cost approximately $100 to support one child through a year’s education in Nepal. This supplies them with full uniform, school bag, stationary and other basics.
It costs approximately $100 to supply a female goat to a family. This allows them to breed it and also supply milk to the family and community. By providing a goat it enables the family to start to support themselves and generate income.
Kathmandu Kids works closely with Sunrise Children’s Association who have people on the ground in Nepal and ensure that all the money raised is distributed to the areas of need and is used for what it is intended.