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Escape from reality
Escape from reality

A group of street children from the Pashupatinath area of Kathmandu gather in the corner of an abandoned building to inhale glue. Most children are on the streets after fleeing abuse at home, escaping traffickers or being sold into domestic or commercial slavery by their family. Their numbers have increased exponentially since the devastating earthquake of 25th of April 2015.

Danesh
Danesh

There is a clear hierarchy amongst the children on the street with the older stronger, tougher boys wielding a lot of power and influence over the younger ones.

A simple request
A simple request

Gita, one of the few girls on the street, shows off her tattoos. Most of the children have 'homemade' inkings which they do themselves by puncturing the skin and filling with ink from pens.

We have no dreams
We have no dreams

Both Suman and Bikram have been on the streets for as long as they can remember. When asked what they dream of they both say 'We have no dreams'.

Binita
Binita

The young mother and one of the few girls on the street watches on as the boys (including her young husband) play football.

Barefoot football
Barefoot football

The boys play soccer, most is bare feet or plastic flip flops/thongs.

Rajesh
Rajesh

'I am maybe 14'. Many of the children are very small for their age due to years of malnutrition. This leaves them extra vulnerable to exploitation and violence.

Binata (left) 17, chats with her sister-in-law as she feeds her young baby.
Binata (left) 17, chats with her sister-in-law as she feeds her young baby.

Life on the street is particularly difficult for girls as they are often powerless to resist predators without protection from the strongest and oldest of the boys so many marry and have babies very young.

Dangerous play things
Dangerous play things

The baby of one of the teenage mother's picks up a discarded tube of glue unnoticed.

Where we lay our heads
Where we lay our heads

A sleeping spot for the children at the edge of Pashupatinath temple. Many of the children will share a small but precious mattress.

Remains of the day
Remains of the day

Children sifting through the remains of a recent cremation as the body of another man is being carried passed them as part of a traditional Hindu cremation ceremony.

 Boys from the notorious 'Thamale boys' street kids gang show me the park where they keep their few belongings.

Boys from the notorious 'Thamale boys' street kids gang show me the park where they keep their few belongings.

All we have
All we have

A park in Thamale where the boys from the area sleep. The smell of urine is overbearing.

Only life I know
Only life I know
A proper meal
A proper meal

Street children enjoy a meal of Dhal Bhat, a nepalese staple, provided by a small local NGO as part of their weekly outreach programme. Without NGO's such as this these children simple would not eat a proper meal ever. Thanks to the incredible work the The Big Umbrella are doing these children have a chance to escape the streets, it's a long proces but with love it can be done. 

We have no dreams blurb.jpg
Escape from reality
Danesh
A simple request
We have no dreams
Binita
Barefoot football
Rajesh
Binata (left) 17, chats with her sister-in-law as she feeds her young baby.
Dangerous play things
Where we lay our heads
Remains of the day
 Boys from the notorious 'Thamale boys' street kids gang show me the park where they keep their few belongings.
All we have
Only life I know
A proper meal
Escape from reality

A group of street children from the Pashupatinath area of Kathmandu gather in the corner of an abandoned building to inhale glue. Most children are on the streets after fleeing abuse at home, escaping traffickers or being sold into domestic or commercial slavery by their family. Their numbers have increased exponentially since the devastating earthquake of 25th of April 2015.

Danesh

There is a clear hierarchy amongst the children on the street with the older stronger, tougher boys wielding a lot of power and influence over the younger ones.

A simple request

Gita, one of the few girls on the street, shows off her tattoos. Most of the children have 'homemade' inkings which they do themselves by puncturing the skin and filling with ink from pens.

We have no dreams

Both Suman and Bikram have been on the streets for as long as they can remember. When asked what they dream of they both say 'We have no dreams'.

Binita

The young mother and one of the few girls on the street watches on as the boys (including her young husband) play football.

Barefoot football

The boys play soccer, most is bare feet or plastic flip flops/thongs.

Rajesh

'I am maybe 14'. Many of the children are very small for their age due to years of malnutrition. This leaves them extra vulnerable to exploitation and violence.

Binata (left) 17, chats with her sister-in-law as she feeds her young baby.

Life on the street is particularly difficult for girls as they are often powerless to resist predators without protection from the strongest and oldest of the boys so many marry and have babies very young.

Dangerous play things

The baby of one of the teenage mother's picks up a discarded tube of glue unnoticed.

Where we lay our heads

A sleeping spot for the children at the edge of Pashupatinath temple. Many of the children will share a small but precious mattress.

Remains of the day

Children sifting through the remains of a recent cremation as the body of another man is being carried passed them as part of a traditional Hindu cremation ceremony.

Boys from the notorious 'Thamale boys' street kids gang show me the park where they keep their few belongings.

All we have

A park in Thamale where the boys from the area sleep. The smell of urine is overbearing.

Only life I know
A proper meal

Street children enjoy a meal of Dhal Bhat, a nepalese staple, provided by a small local NGO as part of their weekly outreach programme. Without NGO's such as this these children simple would not eat a proper meal ever. Thanks to the incredible work the The Big Umbrella are doing these children have a chance to escape the streets, it's a long proces but with love it can be done. 

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