Alone in Multitude
Life of an orphanage in Nepal
Despite its cultural wealth, Nepal remains a poor country which inhabitants live on about 2$ per day, most of them in remote areas where food, health care and schools are scarce. Such conditions make these people easily convinced by traffickers that a brighter future is possible for their children in the capital. The number of orphanages in Kathmandu started to grow in the late 90’s and child trafficking became a lucrative business. Traffickers could easily forge documents and so-called orphans could be sold to strangers for as much as 25,000$.
Now that it has become impossible for foreigners to adopt children from Nepal, the dodgy orphanages rely on the generosity of uninformed volunteers that come to help in the daily life of the orphanage in exchange of a small amount of money. Given the number of tourists coming to Nepal, it has since become a lucrative business but with no benefit to the orphans that live in terrible conditions. However, orphanages run by people that do care about their children still exist today in Nepal.
Although my photographs usually focus on nature-related subjects, I like to work once in a while on something different to broaden my horizons. That’s how I spent a month in Sujan and Anita’s orphanage where, despite the lack of sponsors, orphans with various backgrounds were taken good care of.
On this series, I didn’t intend to thouroughly document the life of orphans in Nepal but only to show a glimpse of hope for these kids.