Currently, there is very little data on street children in Kathmandu. It is estimated that there are around 6,000 street children in Nepal, 2,000 of which are in Kathmandu.
Often, children flee to the streets from remote parts of the country to escape a life of domestic violence or poverty.
On the street, these children face the problems of violence, intimidation and sexual abuse by adults and other children. They are faced with malnutrition and severe health problems, with around 95% of street children being addicted to solvents.
Elephant tourism is a big business in South East Asia. Over half of Thailand’s elephant population (8,000) are held in captivity and used for tourism.
Elephants are highly intelligent animals, with extremely strong family ties. They use intelligent group techniques to protect their young, mourn their dead and have memories that span many years. They display signs of grief, joy, anger and show empathy. They are one of the few animals which exhibit signs of self-awareness.
And yet these beautiful creatures are being pulled away from their families due to the growing trend in elephant tourism, where there is big money to be made from tourists seeking to gain an experience with a wild animal.