About Sarita’s Safe Heaven
Sarita’s Safe Heaven was founded in 2008 by a small women group of Nepalese in order to improve and uplift the living standard of underprivileged children in Nepal. Hereby, Sarita’s Safe Heaven aims to help children that are spending their lives under the most miserable conditions and lack even the most basic support. The traditional caste system, unfair social structures, wide-spread illiteracy and the decade long armed conflict in Nepal are the root causes for the hopeless situation of many children in all parts of the country. Sixty percent of Nepal’s total population is living below the poverty line, making even a basic school education very expensive-too expensive for many families. These children live a life in poverty and often have to work in child labor, earning very little if not nothing. Especially parentless street children and due to their rightness situation are missing even the most basic support and so depend on begging and thievery; also they never experience love and affection and have no oppurtunities for a better future.
In order to grow up healthy, children do not only need material supply, they need an adequate and healthy environment. We at Sarita’s Save Heaven try to diminish children’s plight in Nepal by taking strategic actions, and so to open them to a better future.
Headquartered in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, we first want to cover our children’s basic needs. This includes shelter, food, clothing, healthcare and most importantly education.
In our opinion, education deserves special attention. We at Sarita’s Safe Heaven believe that a solid school education is the right of all and not the privilege of few children. A good education is also needed in order to successfully fight discrimination of girls and women and child labor that still spread throughout Nepal.
In March 2008 Sarita’s Safe Heaven launched its educational support program for underprivileged children; which could officially stat in June 2008 with the new Nepali school year. In June 2008, finally we celebrated the opening of our orphanage the Sarita’s Safe Heaven Hostel in Samakhusi, Kathmandu, offering capacity for around 20 children.
Sarita’s Safe Heaven is currently running its projects with funds from generous donors of the local community and with support from international sponsors, who contribute in cash as well as in kind and provide sponsorships for individual children. But our financial resources remain tightly limited, while the number of needy children is running into ten thousand.
The future of our country can be identified with the future of our children, and the future of our children itself is determined by their intellectual, social, spritiual and physical growth. The present situation of Nepal is alarming and is likely to have a long-term effect on an already fragmenting society. In this difficult environment, Sarita’s Safe Heaven wants to serve as a home for the homeless and school for the uneducated children of Nepal.
Sarita’s Safe Heaven is registered (Registration No. 820/2008) with the Government of Nepal as a non-government organization. It is also duly affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (Registration No. 26972), the government and monitoring body for all social organizations working in Nepal.