Nepal is a small landlocked country, located between India and China. The mountainous north of Nepal has eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. Nepal is a developing country with a low income economy, ranking 145th of 187 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI) in 2014. It continues to struggle with high levels of hunger and poverty.
On April 25th, 2015, an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck Nepal, causing over 8,000 fatalities and leaving over 15,000 people injured . Many of the ancient temples were destroyed and over 40,000 homes across the country were left in ruins. Just as people were starting to find a little sense of normalcy, another earthquake of 7.3 magnitude hit Nepal on May 12th, 2015.
The devastation caused by these earthquakes means that nearly a million children in Nepal are not able to return to school. 9 out of 10 schools have been destroyed in the worst affected areas, making over 4,500 schools and 24,000 classrooms damaged or destroyed total. The repercussions of this are not only that these children are without shelter and structure in their lives, but also without protection. As a result, these children are vulnerable to many dangers including sex and human trafficking. Many orphanages have also been destroyed, making the children vulnerable to predators including sex traffickers.
By partnering with organizations and people in the United States and Nepal, the Sundar and Neena Foundation will raise the needed money to help rebuild schools and orphanages in Nepal. In addition we will be promoting education and skilled learning for women, both of which we feel are necessary tools to enriching the quality of life and achieving personal empowerment. Our involvement in these projects will not end at the distribution of money; we will be very hands on with every project and track how the money is being spent and make sure that the end result is achieved by visiting projects funded by our foundation and meeting the people affected.
The Sundar and Neena Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.