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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  • 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. ❤️
  • Great work by the staff and children temporarily living at Sunrise Home, growing many delicious veges and herbs, including radish, cauliflower, beans, tomato, cucumber, coriander to name a few! 
Since the aim is to get the children back to their villages as soon as is safe and possible to do so,  it's great they're learning these important skills that form part of daily life in their homes. 😊
  • Happy Mother's Day to all the brave, courageous mother's out there! 
Most children take growing up with their mothers for granted, but for thousands in Nepal, this is not a given. Thousands of children continue to been separated from their mothers and families,  through trafficking or through the family making the extremely tough decision to send them away for a better life and education, often losing contact for many years, and in some cases permanently. 
A big salute to all those mothers who face great hardships to keep their children with them,  to feed, clothe, educate and nurture them, and our hearts go out to those who feel they have no choice but to send them away. 
A HUGE thank you to everyone that supports our work to help prevent unnecessary separation of children from their families,  through our education scholarship and livelihood development programs 🙏.
*Anushka now happily back with her mother in remote western Nepal under the support of SCAI, after being sent away to an orphanage in Kathmandu, then later rescued.
  • Happy Easter from the Sunrise family in Australia and Nepal.  Whilst we may not  be able to go away for the long weekend as many often would normally,  we trust you find joy in the time spent with your families and loved ones wherever you may be! 🐣
#happyeaster #familytime #happiness
  • It's about togetherness not separation. People are practising social distancing world over,  but remember its only a physical separation. We're even closer than ever before in many ways at this time. Whether you're in Nepal or Australia or anywhere else around the globe,  it's a time to stay connected.
Sharing some photos of the people we're connected to,  regardless of the physical distance 😊
  • Our hearts reach out to everyone suffering loss of some sort through these tough times. But remember we're in it together as a global family, and we can make the choice to celebrate what we do have. Keep smiling 😀. There are probably many worse of than us. 
SCAI #hope #powerofpositivity #gratitude
  • Women with extremely low income and living in poverty are usually the hardest hit in health, economic or environmental disasters like these. We admire and support women like Purnima who are doing their best to keep their children with them and safe, fed, clothed, educated and empowered. 
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#empoweringwomen #endpoverty

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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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