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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  • 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.
  • Happy 14th birthday!  Feeling grateful for our SCAI Nepal team.  Along with our NGO partner teams,  these amazing people work so hard to improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families.
  • Special little creatures!
Some of the children SCAI supports on an educational tour to the zoo during monsoon vacation.
  • Nothing like a bit of Laughter Yoga to help deal with life's challenges! 😁
  • "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it"
Congratulations to our awesome school grads for your active participation in 2 day life skills training - now taking the skills with them wherever they go and whatever they do to help improve their lives and the lives of those around them. 👏
  • SCAI's education scholarships in action! 
Two of the recent school graduates that SCAI supported now setting their sights on becoming lawyers. Go girls!
  • We're so very excited to see these young girls finally back with their mother in their village after being separated for the past couple of years. After some counselling the family now realise the importance of staying together rather than sending them away to an orphanage in the hope of a better life and education.

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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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