Similar Struggle Forges a New Bond across the World
Youth of Nepal Seek Empowerment
Posted by: Kristin Wieben in Nepal on Jun 30, 2008
The Amazon rainforest isn't the only place where youth lack opportunity and options.
Throughout the developing world - where more than a billion people live on less than a dollar a day - young people face incredible challenges. Rural Nepal is one place that exemplifies how difficult it can be to break out of the cycle of poverty. Villages are often extremely isolated and lack many of the things we take for granted, such as electricity, running water, grocery stores, and banks. In many cases, the nearest sizable town is many days away on foot. Most families scrape by through subsistence agriculture, living much as they have for hundreds of years. It is becoming increasingly difficult to make ends meet solely through farming, and in many villages most of the working-age men have left for the cities in search of jobs.