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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  • Sunrise family photo! Just one of the  gatherings with some of the children and youth who have been successfully reintegrated from Sunrise Home back into their own biological families. Always great to see them happy and doing well!
  • This awesome young lady is the first from our education scholarship programs in Nepal to go on to self fund her own bachelor's degree and now her masters in counselling - in Australia!
SCAI supported Anita to stay with her family and finish school,  as they were unable to support her education,  then with the love and care of her family and her self motivation she has continued to carve out a much brighter future for herself. Keep up the amazing work and positive attitude Anita!  We look forward to seeing your dream to help others back in Nepal come to fruition 👋
  • The purpose of our life is to be happy 😁.
One of the young girls Sunrise recently provided a loving, nurturing home to after she was recently rescued from an illegal orphanage. This smile will only get bigger when she is able to return home to her biological family soon!
  • Pushpalal reunited with his family!
Pushpalal was rescued from an illegaly run orphanage in Kathmandu in mid May, along with 121 other children. He and 18 others have been staying temporarily at Sunrise Home whilst we trace their families. As is so often the case with children in orphanages and children's homes in Nepal,  the children were sent from their village homes with the promise of a better life and education. There was not only a financial cost involved in the families sending the children to a place they thought would provide them a much brighter future, but a huge emotional cost for the children.
  • Four new children recently taken under the wing of Sunrise, after being rescued from an illegal children's home where they are 118 others were not adequately cared for. 
The 19 children now under our full time care are receiving medical treatment as needed and happily attending school. 
The search for their families is underway.
  • Follow your dreams, they are real!
  • A very warm welcome to your your new temporary family!
Now that you're safe in our care aftera traumatic few weeks, we're committed to finding your families and getting you home.
#saynotoorphanages
  • Sadhu, one of the beautiful thriving young women that SCAI has supported for several years, recently completed year 12 and is now eagerly awaiting her results. SCAI supported her to live with her cousin in the absence of her own parents, where she lives happily. She already has a good job at an outdoor clothing store and is on her way to a bright future!
  • I wonder what this card is about?!
Always a highlight reading the news from the children we sponsor in Nepal. 
From us at SCAI as well as the children, thank you sponsors for helping bring brighter futures to these children!

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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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