Educating and empowering children and their families to help keep them together and free them from poverty, abuse and neglect

Thousands of children in Nepal continue to be separated from their families, as a result of trafficking or being enticed away with the promise of a better life and education. Over 16,000 children reside in orphanages or other similar institutions, of which around 80% are reportedly not orphans. Thousands more work as child labourer’s or are forced into early marriage. Many continue to be exploited, abused and denied of their basic rights. Poverty and a lack of education are root causes of these issues.

SCAI was established in 2005 to help address these issues and bring children in need a brighter future. Our projects are designed to strengthen and empower families, help break the poverty cycle and bring about lasting change. We do this through working in close partnership with local communities to identify and address the root causes of the issues using a holistic, sustainable model of support.

Our Programs

Education Scholarships

SCAI provides uniforms, fees, school materials, counselling, child protection and capacity building activities and income generation support

Education Scholarships

SCAI provides uniforms, fees, school materials, counselling, child protection and capacity building activities and income generation support

SCAI provides uniforms, fees, school materials, counselling, child protection and capacity building activities and income generation support

Income Generation

SCAI helps families improve their livelihood, through sustainable small business and skill development training and a group fund for micro loans

Income Generation

SCAI helps families improve their livelihood, through sustainable small business and skill development training and a group fund for micro loans

SCAI helps families improve their livelihood, through sustainable small business and skill development training and a group fund for micro loans

Reintegration Program

SCAI traces families, re-connects and reintegrates children back into families and communities, and provides ongoing support if needed

Reintegration Program

SCAI traces families, re-connects and reintegrates children back into families and communities, and provides ongoing support if needed

SCAI traces families, re-connects and reintegrates children back into families and communities, and provides ongoing support if needed

Family-Based Care Home

SCAI provides children with a temporary safe, nurturing home until they can be safely reintegrated back into their families and communities

Family-Based Care Home

SCAI provides children with a temporary safe, nurturing home until they can be safely reintegrated back into their families and communities

SCAI provides children with a temporary safe, nurturing home until they can be safely reintegrated back into their families and communities

Youth Empowerment

SCAI encourages children and youth to take charge of their lives, through developing their skills, building awareness and involving them in positive change

Youth Empowerment

SCAI encourages children and youth to take charge of their lives, through developing their skills, building awareness and involving them in positive change

SCAI encourages children and youth to take charge of their lives, through developing their skills, building awareness and involving them in positive change

Community School Development

SCAI helps improve the quality of education in rural areas, through funding teachers, e-learning, child clubs and various capacity building activities

Community School Development

SCAI helps improve the quality of education in rural areas, through funding teachers, e-learning, child clubs and various capacity building activities

SCAI helps improve the quality of education in rural areas, through funding teachers, e-learning, child clubs and various capacity building activities

Our Impact

1259

Education Scholarships

241

Finished School

403

Families with Income Generation Support

114

Children Reintegrated back into Family

157

Rescued Children provided Family-Based Care

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  • 2 days to go until 'SUNRISE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE 2019' kicks off!
9 of our inspiring youth are undertaking a trekking challenge to help raise funds to support the next generation of children with education scholarships, to help ensure they don't get unnecessarily separated from their families simply due to poverty as they once were.
The youth, graduates from our education scholarship and reintegration programs, are determined to give these vulnerable children from Nuwakot a brighter future, by ensuring they stay in school and with their families.
From the 24-30th September the youth will trek up to 4380m in the Lantang mountain range, carrying all their own equipment as well as important materials for the awareness programs they will also be running along the way, which will help educate children, families and communities in some of the remote areas of Nuwakot about the risks and pitfalls of trafficking, sending children to orphanages/children's home, early marriage and child labour, and calling for their support to protect their children and put an end to these practices.
Please support our youth in their efforts to give back to other children at risk. THANK YOU!
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(please mention 'Mountain Challenge' in the comments)
GOOD LUCK Lashang, Palsen, Sadumaya, Diwaker, Dil Kumar, Palden, Yaham, Dev and Jitendra!
Photos - Lashang, Sadu and Palsen back in 2007 and now!
Boys pics and daily updates of the challenge to come! 😀
  • Both mothers (pictured) are extremely poor, hence why SCAI supports their children with education scholarships. As part of the program we aim to strengthen the capacity of their families so with a more regular income they'll be able to take over the care of their children. So it's always exciting when more goats are bred and handed over from one family to the next as part of our pass on goat breeding program!
  • “If you can dream it you can do it” – Walt Disney
SCAI's "'Brighter Futures Friday" inspiring young achiever Marium Tamang is doing just that!
Marium dreamt of dancing and becoming a teacher - and combining the two where possible. With the support of SCAI, and of course her dedication to follow her dreams, she graduated from year 12 in 1st Division in Education in mid-2017. Being a very talented dancer already, to improve her skills, she took dance classes for 6 months, and started teaching in a private school, which she has been doing since. She is now in 2nd year of a Bachelor in Education. In addition to her amazing academic and work achievements, since completing school, she has been guardian of her younger siblings. A very self-motivated, responsible young woman indeed! And never without a bright smile and a positive attitude. Keep living your dreams Marium!
  • This young women that SCAI has supported through school is now determined to go on to further study and become an accountant! 
We have no doubt she will 😀
  • Some of the inspiring youth who have now graduated from year 12 from our reintegration and education scholarship programs are taking on 'Sunrise Mountain Challenge' at the end of October to help raise funds for younger children who have the same struggles they once had. 
The funds will help keep the children at school and with their families, rather than risk being separated, through being sent to orphanages in the hope of a better life and education, to work or into child marriage.
The youth will be climbing to 4380m with some days up to 11 hours, carrying their own belongings. They'll also be conducting awaresness programs along the way.  Go team! 👏
  • Our awesome team in Nepal walk for hours up and down steep terrain in the mountains to visit the remote homes of the children we sponsor. That's dedication and just a small part of what our team does!
  • Sunrise Youth Club members planning their community outreach activities for coming months 😊
  • "The love of family is one of life's greatest blessings" - More children reunited with their families after being sent to a children's home in search of a better life and education then rescued when things didn't turn out as the family had hoped.
  • Laughter is the shortest distance between people! An SCAI graduate enjoying some laughs with some of the younger children SCAI supports.

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Sunrise Children’s Association Incorporated is an Australian charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). Donations of $2 or more made to Sunrise Children’s Association Incorporated are tax-deductible within Australia. ABN 23 135 797 643.

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