Sunrise Orphanage

This was our first project in Nepal, established in July 2005, in response to a need for a safe, loving, home for many orphaned and abandoned children who were living in corrupt and abusive orphanages in Kathmandu. Many of the children in these orphanages were not orphaned but had either been enticed by traffickers or willingly sent away by their families to Kathmandu to escape the maoist conflict in their villages or simply in the hope of a better life and education.

With children that have come to Sunrise from these orphanages through emergency rescues by the Nepal government, and have families that could potentially care for them, we firstly aim to re-connect them with their families. The next step is to try and re-integrate them fully and as part of this process, we agree to provide ongoing support for their education through our Community Education Scholarship Programs.

So far we have re-connected 70 of the 74 children living at Sunrise with their relatives and they now spend at least the annual Dasain holidays with them back in their home villages.

In addition, 20% of the children Sunrise has cared for have been successfully re-integrated with their families.

The Central Child Welfare Board of Nepal estimates there are still almost 200 orphanages where children are living in far less than satisfactory conditions. The child authorities are still in the process of rescuing children from these types of orphanages, with the hope of placing them in temporary care or where ever possible, directly returning them to their families.

For those children who have been genuinely orphaned and abandoned and have no relatives that can care for them, we aim to provide a safe, loving and supportive family environment.

We currently do this through:

Currently we are living in rented premises, so living arrangements are somewhat restricted however. At the new Sunrise home that is being built in Gurje, Nuwakot in 2012, we are developing separate self-contained units that will more closely resemble a natural family environment. Each unit will provide a home for around 10 ten children and one Sunrise parent. Male and female siblings will be able to share their home, along with other Sunrise brothers and sisters of varying ages. This family like setting will enable them to develop closer relationships with each other, feel a greater sense of security and privacy, and as they grow in their home under the guidance of their Sunrise parents, have the opportunity to play a large role in the running of their own household, which will benefit them greatly in their future.

We also provide all children with the following facilities, which in combination with the above, will give them every opportunity to reach their full potential and turn their dreams into their reality:

Basic care Education and Training Graduate Development Program

To help transition the youths into an independent life after attaining their School Leaving Certificate (SLC i.e. year 10), we aim to provide them with three levels of assistance;

Sunrise Orphanage is still in rented premises which is unsustainable in the long term. Read more about the plans for our new permanent home.