According to the US Department of Labor, this Labor Day weekend that is celebrated around the first Monday in September, “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
While we do wish those in the US a happy Labor Day, we also want to bring to your awareness, the plight of those being forced into child labor in Nepal.
CHILD LABOR is widespread throughout the Himalayas. Due to poor economic conditions, children start working in the fields as young as AGE 5. Long hours are spent plowing fields, tending livestock, cutting firewood, gathering water, and serving as porters. Many children who do reach school are forced to drop out and return to the fields in less than 1 year. The MountainChild supported village school program is flexible in its academic calendar, allowing children to return to their villages during important harvest seasons. This allows them to help their families, while not interrupting their education. MountainChild is working with local communities to provide education for children while addressing the root cause of child labor. Educating parents and improving farming techniques are at the center of MountainChild’s strategy aimed at getting children into schools and keeping them there.
If you are in Colorado, you can help combat the following statistics while participating in a friendly competition and raise money and awareness to bring these children clean water and a chance at life.
An alarming number of the children living in the Himalayas will die before their eighth birthday. The leading cause of death amongst these children is simple diarrhea and can be directly traced to contaminated drinking water. Limited access to clean water, insufficient sanitation, and poor hygiene worldwide kill 3.6 million people annually. That is more than wars, famine, and AIDS combined. MountainChild is building remote village water treatment facilities together with medical posts in an effort to get crucial medicine and CLEAN WATER in close proximity to those who need it most. 3 in 4 people in Nepal’s rural areas also lack adequate sanitation. To combat the issue, regular health and hygiene training workshops are being conducted in remote villages in an effort to educate villagers on the importance of sanitation and clean water. Working together with engineers, trained doctors, and medical professionals, MountainChild is tackling health issues at the source and rescuing children from certain and imminent death.
Teams and individuals that participated in MountainChild’s 2nd Annual Worldwide #hike4hope, this is the last week to send in your fundraising donations. You can either donate online at www.mountainchild.org/donate or mail them to us.
Thank you again for raising funds and awareness for the children of the Himalayas.
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The MountainChild strategy revolves around bringing hope to the remote ethnic Tibetan people groups living in the Himalayas through a new and upcoming generation. The key effort in bringing sustainable hope to the Himalayas is the Remote Areas of Nepal Children’s Hope, the RANCH.
MountainChild and CrossFit Parker join hands to present a CrossFit competition that aims to bring clean water to those who need it.
CrossFit nation, get ready to “Compete to Carry H2OPE” in Parker, CO to support MountainChild by raising awareness and financial resources to bring clean water and sustainable development projects to the children of the Himalayas.
"Officials are now concerned about the possible spread of disease, particularly cholera."
Our hearts break for the precious people involved in these floods and landslides. Join us in our efforts to carry hope to them.
We are so grateful and excited about all of you Hike 4 Hope participants sending in your donations, now that the campaign is over. Thank you for making this a successful campaign and carrying hope from home.
This past weekend, some of the RANCH (Remote Areas of Nepal Children’s Hope) girls were interviewed for the recording of a documentary that sheds much needed light on “kidnap marriages” in the remote mountain villages of Nepal.
One of the main things the girls are concerned about when thinking of returning to their villages to CARRY HOPE is the possibility of being kidnapped for forced marriage.
Education regarding the issue is imperative.