Our origins began in 2000 when exploratory teams traveled to the region to investigate reports of severe medical, social, educational, and environmental challenges facing these children. Our research revealed staggering death rates. MountainChild is urgently working to improve the lives of these children by bringing food, medical aid, education, and clean water to children who have little chance of survival amongst such difficult conditions. MountainChild takes careful steps to ensure that the cultural integrity and rich history of these precious children remain intact, and that they are empowered through appropriate and sustainable development techniques.
MountainChild focuses its efforts among those in the Himalayas that are the most remote, and therefore, have the least access to medical assistance, clean water, and education and are most at risk of child labor and human trafficking. Our research has shown that the people living in the remote mountainous districts on Nepal’s northern border with Tibet are those most in need of assistance. It is on the people living in these remote mountain villages that we place our focus. By carrying out development work among these people, we aim to stop the cycle of suffering and enable the mountain child to become a carrier of hope to their people.
Our research has revealed a number of causes that keep the people living in remote Himalayan villages in a cycle of suffering and poverty. We call these our 5 Core Issues.