Kathmandu's Street Children

Performers struggle to make ends meet.

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Nepal's youngest performers are having trouble making ends meet. Below, a trio of siblings put on a daily show on the streets of Kathmandu, performing tricks and walking on stilts. But they earn just $10 a day, not enough to support their family.  

Gchan Choudhary, 17, (right) plays a drum as his siblings Drumpal, 11, and Shivani, 7, perform on a street in Kathmandu. The siblings, who came to Kathmandu from India 5 years ago, earn their living by performing tricks on the streets of Kathmandu. According to Drumpal they earn around $10 a day by performing tricks, which is not enough to feed their 10-member family living together in a small hut without a proper toilet or any basic needs. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)


Shivani Choudhary, 7, a street performer rests on a ferris wheel near her hut at the slum on the bank of Manahara River after a whole day of street performance in Kathmandu. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)
 


Drumpal, 11, a street performer counts the money that he received for taking part in a street performance in Kathmandu. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)



People watch as Shivani and her brother Drumpal perform tricks on a street in Kathmandu. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)


Children follow Shivani, 7, a street performer while she returns after finishing her street performance in Kathmandu. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

 

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  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.