Nepal has the fastest-growing and most youthful population. Over 35 percent of Nepal’s population is between the ages of 15 to 24 and, since over 40 percent of Nepal’s population is under 15 years of age, that number is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.
According to the International Labour Office, youth make up as much as 36 percent of the total working-age population and three in five of Nepal’s unemployed are youth.
HEMS has been working for youth empowerment program in various districts of Nepal.
Mithila Municipality and Duhabi communities, Dhanusha district, in the Terai region of country, with huge agricultural potential, keep suffering from lack of irrigation, flooding during raining season and water borne diseases. The community youth stays away from access of higher technical education. In these community youth dalits (low-caste) and women in particular, are mostly illiterate and have no advocates within the Nepali high-caste establishment. They suffer discrimination in innumerable ways, notably in terms of access to education, health care and jobs. In many cases, they are shunned by the rest of society, abused and humiliated in untold ways. Young girls in the society are often subject to physical and emotional abuse even in their own families and communities, due to ingrained religious and cultural bias against women. Women are economically completely dependent on the men in the family, and cannot inherit property. HEMS has been continuously supporting youth empowerment in the program districts.