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Poverty Puts an End to Education for Nepal’s Indigenous Children

[ePrayer – Pray for Chepang in Nepal]

Due to extreme poverty and remoteness of their habitat, many children of the Chepang, one of the most disadvantaged and marginalised indigenous groups in Nepal, cannot go to school. Statistics show that the literacy rate is barely 23 percent among close to 90,000 Chepangs in 54 Village Development Committees against a national average of 40 percent. Food insecurity is a chronic problem. Most Chepangs are subsistence farmers and depend on the region’s two annual harvests, each lasting three months. Over 80 percent are living under the poverty line, which means they survive on less than US$1 per day. There is a lack of education infrastructure by the government and most villages have only a primary school and Chepang children have to walk three to four hours each day to reach their secondary schools. [IRIN]

Pray for Chepang in Nepal

  • Remember the situation of Chepang children and families;
  • Pray for the Government’s effort to meet the needs of the Chepang children.
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