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Nepal

Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 29,331,000 (2009)
National language: Nepali
Per capita income: US$ 440/year (2009)
Life expectancy: 67 (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
88% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
31% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 48/1,000 live births (2009)

Sponsor a child today! Nepal is home to eight of the world’s 10 highest peaks, including Mt Everest and Mt Kanchenjunga (the world’s highest and third-highest, respectively). Situated in Asia between China and India, Nepal is slightly larger than Arkansas.

The majority of Nepalese workers are employed in agriculture, mostly in the production and processing of jute (a cotton-like plant), tobacco and grain. Nepalese carpets are a source of exported revenue, and tourism — mostly in the Himalaya region — brings important funds into the economy. However, a lack of skilled labor and arable land make Nepal one of Asia’s poorer countries. Ongoing conflict with Maoist guerilla rebels provides political and social instability, and violence often mars everyday life.

Plan works in Nepal with children and their families, helping to improve financial situations and promote education and health care, particularly of girl children. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.