Despite some progress in poverty reduction in recent years, Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with a Human Development Index of 0.463, placing it 157th out of 187 countries listed in the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report 2013.
Over 30 per cent of Nepalese live on less than US$14 per person, per month, according to the national living standards survey conducted in 2010-2011. While the overall poverty rate for Nepal is 25 per cent, this figure increases to 45 per cent in the Mid-Western region and 46 per cent in the Far-Western region. In these remote hill and mountain zones, the terrain is rugged, rainfall is low and the poor-quality soil is difficult to farm. Agricultural holdings per household are the smallest in the country.
About 80 per cent of Nepal's people live in rural areas and depend on subsistence farming for their livelihoods. Household food insecurity and poor nutrition are major concerns in these areas, where about half of children under five years of age are undernourished. Most rural households have little or no access to primary health care, education, safe drinking water, sanitation or other basic services.
The name Bourgandi Children Home is taken from the French region Burgundy which also is the name of an organization in France (Association Bourgogne Népal Tibet, run by Hervé Lenoble and Anne Le Cunff) which is fully sponsoring the running costs and arranging sponsorship for the children. It is a small children home established on 22nd January 2010 by seven of the members completing the legal procedures to open such organization, taking over a similar organization which was on the verse of collision. Located at Ramhitti-6, Boudha, the organization is currently run by three persons, Mr. Sanjeev Yonjan, the president, Mr. Ghaman Tamang, secretary of the organization and Ury Maya Tamang, nurse and cook for the children. The organization in total consisted of 29 children who were from rural areas of our country like Dolpo, Bajura, Jasin Pauwa, etc. as its targeted areas are the rural ones of the nation. The children living there studies in Gyanmala School together.
The two of the people, Mr. Yonjan and Mr. Tamang who are looking after the organization are professionally into different business. But, because of their keen interest on providing knowledge and shelter to the children from rural areas who are lacking behind, they started with the children home which is providing food and shelter for 25 children from different areas of the nation which no doubt will be getting a better future.
I have decided to dedicate my full support to the Bourgandi Children Home. I have already met the kids and Mr. Tamang in 2013 when we sponsored books for the kids. This years' needs are the same, books and uniforms.
After the recent earthquake your help is more needed that ever before. Thank you very much.