Nearly 400,000 Nepalese work abroad, and they pay into a special fund to provide scholarships for children of migrant workers who are killed or seriously injured. There’s a catch, though: Only the children of those who were abroad legally can qualify for the help.
In 2011, Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa and Sano Babu Sunuwar set a world record of 8,865 meters (29,084 feet) for free flight and were hailed internationally by the paragliding community. But while many other Nepalese seek opportunities abroad, Sherpa has chosen to stay put and start a farm and a business locally.
After an estimated 1.5 million children in Nepal were affected by devastating earthquakes in April, many of them suffered from behavioral changes. Child-care workers and psychologists working out of a tent in Kathmandu are helping some of them and their parents learn to cope with the changes in their lives. And the government is working to create safe, child-friendly spaces in the 14 districts most affected by the earthquake.
In Sindhupalchowk district, where this year’s quakes destroyed or badly damaged most of the school buildings, classes have resumed in temporary structures. Mindful that students are traumatized and fearful, educators are using counseling techniques to help students ease back into their studies. Students preparing for the critical state exam, the School Leaving Certificate, fear the post-quake disruption will hurt their performance.