Mothers and fathers

Whilst the mortality rate in Nepal is very high, the number of children that call themselves ‘orphans’ is not. This is because of the manner in which Himalayan culture describes relationships.

For example, a child’s father’s brother will be called either ‘big father’ or ‘small father’ depending on his age vis-a-vis their father. This means that discovering who is an orphan is remarkably difficult.

Indeed even if one parent has died or disappeared, the remaining parent often remarries, particularly amongst Tibeto-Burman groups.

HL children with mothers = 90%

HL children without mothers = 10%

HL children with fathers = 88%

HL children without fathers = 12%