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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  • It's always inspiring to see so many of the children we support with education scholarships studying at home during this challenging time when schools are closed. 
Keep up the great work students,  as well as our dedicated team who is following their studies and well-being closely. 🙏
  • It's Brighter Futures Friday again! 
Josanna dreams of becoming a dancer. 
Someone once said "Life without dreams is like a rainbow without colours".
Oh how true!  Josanna is already an amazing dancer and brightens up her life and those around her with her dancing and her dreams. 
Keep following that rainbow Josanna! 😊
  • A huge THANK YOU to everyone that has supported SCAI and our work in Nepal over this last 12 months. We know it's been a challenging time for many, with the bushfires in Australia and now Covid-19 impacting people globally, so we appreciate your support more than ever. 🙏
Your support continues to help almost 500 children like Bharati stay in school and get an education, stay safe, fed, clothed and cared for by her mother.
Nepal still has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. The support the children and families receive through our education scholarship programs is vital for keeping this to a minimum in our project areas.
So again, THANK YOU! 😀
AND if anyone would like to make a tax deductible donation before the end of the financial year, please do so via https://www.givenow.com.au/sunrisechildrensassociation.
  • Great to see the monthly savings group meetings happening again after a couple of months break during lockdown, with savings being deposited by the guardians of the children in our education scholarship programs, and loans being taken to expand small poultry farms and shops. 😊
  • 'Brighter Futures Friday' is back! 
Young Devaldevi dreams of becoming a nurse.  She's seen 3 of her older Sunrise sisters go on to become nurses and is inspired!
In the meantime she's enjoying the journey, going to school and enjoying her hobbies,  singing,  dancing and playing. 😊
Keep shining and following your dreams! 👏
  • So ready to go back to school!  Studying patiently at home in the meantime with the support of our dedicated Sunrise team in Nepal 😊
  • Finding a balance of routine and flexibility, home study and creative activities and leisure is important for children during this challenging time,  and our team at Sunrise are doing a great job keeping the children in our full time care safe, healthy and well balanced.
Keep up the great work Angur,  Krishna and Shanti!
  • With schools still closed due to the strict lock down in Nepal,  the children under Sunrise's full time care continue to try and maintain a regular daily routine of household chores, studying, caring for the animals and crops, and of course playing, outdoor and indoor fun and games!
  • We have a tremendous amount of respect for people like this aunty, who despite having little to offer in the way of material possessions, is guided by her heart, and has provided a loving home to her niece in absence of her own parents.
Thank you to everyone that helps us help these children and their families. Without it, as her aunty said, she would not be able to go to school and may have been sent to an orphanage or worse. ❤️

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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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