First Act Nepal (FAN) is a faith-based nongovernmental organization. The organization envisages welfare and a prosperous future for children whose basic needs are not met and who are longing for love.  FAN is founded to spread love and happiness by helping others because this is the only way to bring true joy to us and to others.

“Children are the core of our humanitarian ministry.” FAN focuses on the well-being of children in Nepal. It is founded and run by a team of young professional leaders who have a passion for serving the vulnerable children of Nepal. The founding team has a collaborative vision and is strongly guided by the core values of the organization.

The vision of FAN was revealed in 2013 to a team of like-minded young professionals. The concept initially started with the view that many children in Nepal have lost hope, are vulnerable, and face a deteriorating future. They are deprived of basic needs such as protection, development, participation, and security. They primarily need love, care and provision from their parents, guardians and the ones who are supposed to care for them.

During the decade-long instability politics and a mega-earthquake in 2015, which devastated Nepali communities, displaced many people, and caused human causalities who had to bear pain and sorrow. Around 9000 people were lost, 22,000 were injured houses and government schools and other infrastructure of Nepal were destroyed. Children were the primary victims either because they lost their parents or were denied their rights to education, food, security etc. Many children became parentless, displaced and traumatized by the violent incidents. Some are still missing and unrecorded. The high rate of international migration for employment has put thousands of children at risk of being parentless or vulnerable to exploitation.

Summarize of Nepal: Children’s issues were not of great importance to the Nepalese Government until the 1980s. Children as a development concern were only included for the first time in the seventh Plan (1985-90). Nepalese children are facing various difficulties due to the persistence of poverty and illiteracy and social beliefs such as gender discrimination. Traditional beliefs contribute significantly as many Nepalese families prefer sons. Religious, social and economic compulsions regard sons as not only valuable but also an indispensable asset whereas daughters are considered to be financial burdens to their parents. Due to the persistence of poverty, children’s labor forms part of the family support. According to the 2001 census, about 29 per cent of the children within the age group 10-14 are economically active, about 62 percent were engaged in Agriculture and related activities. Gender discrimination among children is obvious in Nepalese society from time immemorial. This is true for most ethnic groups in Nepal. This discrimination causes girls to be doubly disadvantaged.