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  • About 30 percent of children ages 5 to 14 in Nepal work to earn money.
  • The Kumari of Kathmandu lives in a palace and is called “the Living Goddess” by people in Nepal. Hindus and Buddhists honor her at festivals, parades, and ceremonies. Except for such occasions, the Kumari usually stays inside. When she leaves the palace, she is carried so that her feet do not touch the ground. Kumaris are usually younger than 5 when they begin their time as a Kumari. A new Kumari is chosen every few years.
  • Nepal has a child bride problem. Even though the legal age for marriage is 18, hundreds of girls younger than 15 are married each year. Some are married willingly; others do not want to get married. Usually the girls are not able to attend school after they marry.
  • Nepal has many of the world’s 10 tallest mountains.
  • About 30 percent of children under 5 in Nepal do not weigh enough to be considered healthy. (Source: CIA Factbook)
  • About 75 percent of the people in Nepal are Hindus, and about 15 percent are Buddhists. Many follow a mixture of the two religions. Those who come to Christ from other religions may be persecuted by their families, neighbors, teachers, bosses, and others.
  • Nepal had a king until 2008. Now the people elect a president. The citizens celebrate their new kind of government every year on May 28th, Republic Day.
  • Nepal is the only country with a flag that is not a rectangle or a square. Find a Nepal flag to print and color here. Use the flag as a reminder to pray for Nepal on their Republic Day and other days. The facts above can guide you in your prayers.

(Sources include: The CIA Factbook)

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