Little Willow partners with MountainChild. We support them by donating £1 for every garment sold and by raising awareness of the plight faced by Nepalese children.
We personally know the founders of MountainChild and the importance of their work. They work amongst the children of the remote villages in the Nepalese Himalayas, and focus on five core issues: health, trafficking, education, child labour, and the environment. Here’s why…
Health: 24,000 children die before the age of 5 every year in Nepal. The leading cause of death amongst these children is simple diarrhoea and can be directly traced to contaminated drinking water. Limited access to clean water, insufficient sanitation, and poor hygiene worldwide kill 3.6 million people annually. That is more than wars, famine, and AIDS combined.
Trafficking: Trafficking of girls from Nepal into India for forced prostitution is perhaps one of the busiest slave trafficking routes anywhere in the world, with an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 Nepali women trafficked across the border every year and an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 Nepali trafficked persons still in India.
Education: 84% of Himalayan children live in remote villages and are deprived of even the most basic education. A lack of education in remote villages of Nepal creates an environment in which villagers are unaware of sanitation and hygiene issues that lead to disease and sickness, are more vulnerable to trafficking, and are more susceptible to child labour.
Child labour: There are currently an estimated 1.6 million children, between the ages of 5 and 17, enslaved in underage labour in Nepal. Long hours are spent ploughing fields, tending livestock, cutting firewood, gathering water, and serving as porters. This labour prevents children from obtaining an education, which continues the cycle of suffering for the children and families involved.
Environment: Few crops grow in the cold, high altitudes, and stony soil of the Himalayas, and those that do, take twice as long to reach harvest stage. Incessant rains, landslides, and antiquated farming techniques result in a severe crop loss of up to 40%.
You can find out about the fantastic work MountainChild are doing to combat these issues here.