Our origins began in 2000 when short-term 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 in which large numbers die before reaching their eighth birthday, and one out of every five children die before the age of one. MountainChild is urgently working to improve the lives of these children by bringing food, medical aid, education, clean water, and love to children who have little chance of survival amongst such hostile 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 worst fears were quickly realized when the two men openly spoke of their plans to sell the children into the booming sex trade industry of south Asia. That’s when we started crying. It wasn’t a shallow type of cry. This was deep, real deep, like a well, that frankly, we haven’t found the bottom of yet. We are still crying. But a few of us, decided to band together and to turn the tears into tactics. We started getting organized, started making plans about how a small group of people could make a big impact. That was in 2000. Today we have helped to mobilize thousands from nations across the world into the great task of carrying hope to the Mountain Child.
“Having a face-to-face encounter with children in the mountains who were being sold into sexual slavery, infected with intestinal worms, malnourished, without schools, and hopeless was more than I could bear.
It was as if a sledgehammer descended upon my heart, shattering it into a thousand pieces.
I decided to do something.”
- Jack Reid, Founder
Erosion together with antiquated farming techniques lead to a crop loss of 40%
Work starts at age 5 and keeps children from attending school
Education breaks the cycle of suffering and leads to lasting transformation
15,000 – 20,000 children with an average age of 12 are trafficked every year in Nepal
24,000 children die before the age of 5 every year in Nepal