SOS Children’s Villages supports individual children, young people and families so that they can thrive (photo: SOS children’s Villages Nepal).

Sanothimi is located just outside Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Around 2.9 million people live in the urban agglomeration of Kathmandu, making it the most populous city of Nepal. Kathmandu is considered the centre of Nepal's history, culture, art and economy. However, poverty is still widespread in the capital, with about 11% of the inhabitants live in poverty. This worsened after the 2015 earthquake that hit Kathmandu severely, destroying 600,000 buildings and killing about 9,000 people.

Since 1972, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Sanothimi.

Of girls are forced into marriage

Child marriage

Nepal has the 16th highest rate of child marriages in the world. This means that 40% of women in Nepal were married before the age of 18. Child marriage is a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the emotional damage a child suffers from a forced union is profound. There is also an increased risk of child pregnancy and domestic violence. In the province of Bagmati specifically, where Sanothimi is located, 19% of girls were married as a child. The national target to end child marriage by 2030 will require a major push from the government.

Of the urban population lives in slums

Living in informal settlements

Sanothimi is located just outside Kathmandu. Kathmandu is one of the fastest growing cities in Nepal, but the infrastructure has not been able to keep up with its development. There is a lack of affordable housing, adequate sanitation and clean drinking water. Often, people who move to Kathmandu in search of a better life and job opportunities, end up in informal settlements on the outskirts of the city. Children are the most affected by the poverty prevailing in these slums – the lack of access to clean drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. In Nepal, about 49% of the urban population lives in slums.

Your support makes a difference for children in Sanothimi

SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities to offer a wide range of support that is adapted to the local context. We always work in the best interest of the children, young people and families.
Adults and children
Are supported in the community
Learn at our kindergartens and schools
Children and young people
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
Siblings having fun together. They grow up with each other, and often form bonds that last a lifetime (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Nepal).

How your support helps in Sanothimi

Strengthening families and communities
When parents face hardships, they can sometimes struggle to give children the care they need. SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities. Each family needs different support so that they can stay together. This support can include workshops on parenting and children’s rights. We also run trainings so that parents can get the skills they need to get a job or start businesses. Likewise, we ensure that children can get medical help and go to school.
Providing quality education
SOS Children’s Villages ensures that children and young people have access to high-quality education. We help them learn and develop in a safe and supportive environment. We train teachers on children’s rights and child-centered learning, so that each child can get the most out of their education. Young children spend time playing and learning at kindergarten. This prepares them for primary school.
Caring for children who cannot live with their families
Some children cannot stay with their families, even with additional support. When this happens, they can find a new home in SOS Children’s Villages. Here the children can build safe and lasting relationships. All the children in our care have access to education and healthcare. Wherever possible, we work closely with the children’s family of origin. If children can return to live with their families, we help them adapt to this change.
Supporting young people to become independent
To help young people become confident and independent, our local team works closely with each young person to develop a plan for their future. We support young people and also help them prepare for the labour market and increase their employment prospects. For example, young people can attend workshops and trainings run by SOS Children’s Villages. They also improve their skills through taking part in different projects with local mentors and businesses.