Over 85% of street children in Nepal are illiterate and more than a third of 10 – 14 year olds undertake some form of employment, which means they are unable to attend school full time. Toybox's local partner SathSath report that the average life expectancy for those who are living or working on the street is considerably lower than country’s average. For females it is just 30 years and for males, it is 40 years.
Living on the streets means that children have limited access to water for drinking and washing so hygiene standards are very low. Many street children in the capital will work collecting and sorting scrap to earn money. This is incredibly dirty work, which they are often too ashamed to do during the day, so will only work once it’s dark. This means that the children are acutely vulnerable to accidents and infections.