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Nepal flagCountry Profile

Capital: Kathmandu

Language: Nepali

Population: 31 million

Plan International has been working in Nepal since 1978, helping children to access their rights to health, education, economic security and protection. We're working to improve the rights of children through programs and activities that place children at the centre of their own development.

Currently, Plan International's working with children, families and communities to help rebuild after a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country on April 25, 2015. Meeting the immediate needs of those affected was first priority, providing food, shelter and protection. As Nepal recovers from the earthquakes, we will continue to work with families, communities and partners to build a strong, resilient foundation for the future.

A female health worker cares for a woman and her baby
Three girls stand in front of a wall
A mother smiles with her young daughter

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important in Nepal

  • Many families struggle to afford food and 41% of children’s growth is stunted by malnutrition
  • 65% of people in rural areas don’t have sanitation facilities
  • Women and girls are vulnerable to trafficking, and many are exploited in sex work and domestic labour

How your support is helping Nepal:

  • Working to reduce maternal mortality rates by equipping and staffing birthing centres and training health workers.
  • Supporting the construction of community-managed piped water supply systems.
  • Ensuring children and adults acquire basic knowledge and life skills so they can realize their potential and positively contribute to their communities.
  • Creating financial opportunities for the poorest and most marginalized households.
  • Protecting the rights of children by working to eliminate child labour, gender-based violence, child marriage, human trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation.
  • Operating programs to protect children and communities, effectively and efficiently mobilizing staff and partners during emergencies

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 25% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 40 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 68 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

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