Raksha Nepal has been actively working for women and children for the past 10 years. This organization supports those girls, women and their children who have been through different types of violence (sexual abuse, domestic violence, trafficking, polygamy victim, etc.) or who are vulnerable to violence. It also works in favor of the victims to raise their voice to the concerned institutions and help them get justice.
In the same context, since last 4 years, Raksha has established a Child Transit Home for those vulnerable children who have gone through negligence, orphans, sexually abused and other violations. The main objective to keep them in this transit home is to prevent them from following the wrong path and enjoy the basic rights like other normal children. Moreover, these children also get opportunity to make their life better. Raksha Nepal has been trying its best to give a safe and family environment to these vulnerable children, with limited funding source. RN with personal contributions has extended different kinds of support to more than 2500 children so far. Currently, it has 30 children in its transit home. RN has been coordinating with different organizations for their secure future.
Activities in Detail:
First term Exams. Completed
The children from RN transit home have completed their 1st term examination as per the school scheduled calendar. These children have secured good results. In spite of limited resources and time, the result of these children has given hope and enthusiasm to all those who are involved with RN.
Regular Yoga and Meditation Activities
For alertness of mind body, RN has been running regular yoga and meditation activities for all the children and other elders living in its home. This practice has strengthened their mental health as well as supported them to divert their minds from all the negative thoughts.
Birthday and various festivals Celebration
RN regularly celebrates each child’s birthday that are living in its home. Occasionally, some friends of RN who have soft corner for children, also come to RN home to celebrate their or their kid’s birthday. This tradition is the happiest moment for everyone in the home, which is reflected on their faces. Similarly, Nepal is very rich in various traditional festivities, which falls almost every 2-3 in a month. Some of the important ones are the teacher’s day, mother’s day, Teej, Krishnaastami, thread ceremony, etc. Each festival has its own importance where special traditional food are prepared and fed to these children. All these festival celebrations have given them the homely feeling so that they do not miss their family, as well as learning for them to respect and develop bonding with each other and their relatives.
Taekwondo Assessment Completed
The assessment for the 1st 4-month taekwondo training has been done. Out of 37 participants, 9 received the double belt and the rest have reached higher level of the training. Those who completed the level were able to receive the yellow belt and those who succeeded the double belt received half green belts. This sport has definitely changed these children’s confidence level. They have developed their self-confidence and are ready to face any kind of obstacles. The training is being continued regularly.
Regular tuition and coaching classes are being provided to all the children in the transit home. These coaching is done on different subjects in which they are weak. One regular teacher has been arranged to come and help them with their studies. Occasionally other national and international volunteers also come and help them in coaching language etc. Currently there are 1 volunteer who is helping the children with their studies and English language.
Guitar playing training session
Music is considered as the most effective way to heal the wounds or the pain. RN children are no exception to this fact - as all are very eager to sing, dance and listen to music. To fulfill their interest, RN has organized one tutor who is teaching 10 children to play guitar, one hour per week.
Recreational and education tours
RN from time to time organizes short educational or recreational tours for the children living in its home. This year they visited Mulpani, Godavari Botanical Garden, Fun Park and one temple visit and a picnic in the same area. Such visits and tours have given them motivation, knowledge and recreation. Sometimes, such tours are also organized by the volunteers who come to RN.
Leadership and personality development training
RN from time to time organizes different types of training in coordination with various organizations. Such activities and programs are very effective to help these children in shaping their personality and leadership qualities. Similarly, painting and drawing was also one the activities organized this year where all the children actively took part.
General Health Check-up
In coordination with the physicians from the Teaching Hospital, RN managed to organize a health check-up and medicine distribution program for children in the transit home. In this one day program 30 children from transit home, 7 children and women from the surrounding area received general health and eye check-up. The doctors from the Teaching Hospital, Dr. Madhu Thapa and the team as well as Senior Physician from Bir Hospital and Dr. Bhupendra Basnet were present. The Chairperson from RN requested those doctors to support our children from home as well as some of our girls and women in future as well, so that they can have access to free health check-up and medicine.
Pleased to share with you all, this quarterly report of Raksha Child Transit Home. We are trying to do best these children who are at risk. Raksha Nepal building coordination with related stake holders joint hand for children's betterment. We hope you all be part of this good social cause and will countinuing this support in future as well.
Raksha Nepal, since last 10 years, has been actively working for vulnerable girls, women and their children. Its target groups are the victims or those vulnerable to sexual exploitation, domestic violence, trafficking, victims of polygamy and neglect, etc. RN also raises voices in favor of its target groups targeted to respective institutions so that the victims could get justice.
In the same context, since 2011, RN has been implementing “Prevention Against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking” (PAST) project in support of KFB/DKA. This project is targeted towards those girls and women who work in the informal entertainment sector (dance bar, massage parlor, cabin restaurant, and small snack and tea shops). After forming groups, RN staff has been motivating them through regular meetings, discussion programs, encouraging them to join in the RN saving and credit cooperative, try and find solutions to their problems. It also has been providing awareness programs and skill training for the alternative livelihood opportunities. Through its other training on the women’s rights and legal rights, these girls and women have become capable to fight for their rights. RN has been providing all these services in an integrated manner. Moreover, RN transit home has been set up for keeping the target women’s children while they get skill training and get settled in alternative jobs. Likewise, they can get access to loans with minimal interest against their savings through the cooperative. These girls and women who wish to join non-formal education are provided free education through its women’s school. RN coordinates with different health institutions and doctors etc. to organize free health check-up camps for the target women from time to time.
1. In the last quarter we conducted awareness classes for seven of the network groups. These classes took place at the women's workplace, the same place where they regularly hold their meetings. They covered subjects such as traffiking, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, and counseling. After the classes the women had a better understanding of these subjects and their existence in society.
2. We conducted one workshop with both the media and selected members from the Network groups. In the past the women tended to be very scared of the media because the media has portrayed them in bad lights. We set up this workshop with both sides to explain where the media comes from, and where the women are coming from, and allowed both sides to express their views and experiences. This allowed the women to learn more about what the media is doing and is there for, and for the media to learn more about and realize the reality of the lives of the women in this sector, and the situations that they are in.
3. We conducted the regular meetings two times in the last quarter. These allow a forum for the women to come together to discuss issues and problems that they are having in the workplace or in their daily lives. Additionally, we discussed the peer educator trainings that we are preparing for later in the year, and selected subjects to base the trainings around. 15-18 women from the different women's groups were present at these meetings. We also discussed the present situation of a rising number of police raids in the sector, and how to stay safe throughout these. This included discussing the laws and their rights pertaining to this.
4. We are continually working on building relationships with stakeholders as a way to work together to address the situation of the women in the sector. In August we conducted one meeting with the local NGOs, police, media, target group members, and other likeminded agencies. Through this we had a discussion about the women's situation in the sector and possible solutions, as well as the role we can all play in these solutions. There were 25 participants present at the meeting representing the various stakeholders.
Dear Donors and Supporters,
We are currently working to support these regular activities through the continued donations that we recieve. All these donations are vital to keeping our programs going, and to helping to provide better lives for these women and children. We greatly appreciate your continued support and suggestions as well.
Women in Nepal have low status within the family and society. Illiteracy, early marriage, poverty imposes the greatest hindrance to enhancing equal opportunity and status for girls and women. The decade long armed conflict in Nepal escalated the status of women to more vulnerability. These influences underlie the migration process in Nepal and increase their vulnerability of young women and girls to trafficking and sexual abuse. The girls and women, to save their lives were compelled to leave their home places and migrate into cities, especially Kathmandu to seek sustainable livelihoods and secure future. Lacking education, skills and knowledge, these ignorant girls and women from villages are pushed to the entertainment sector and are obliged to perform any tasks they are asked to, for the survival imperatives. The dance bars, massage and cabin restaurant opened in an unmanaged way in different parts of Kathmandu has the higher trend of involving these girls as sex workers for profit making.
Raksha Nepal (RN) in its working year of 9 has done several activities for the protection and dignified survival of these girls and women working in the dance bars, massage parlors and cabin restaurants. RN when established a women shelter in 2009, has always been realizing the need of shelter for the children of these women too.
Raksha Nepal in its own initiation has started the shelter home for the children of women working in the so called entertainment sectors as well as who are sexually harassed and exploited. These children are born without the recognition of their fathers and have no appropriate place to live and food to eat. These mothers are not even capable of fulfilling the fundamental requirement of their children the other educational rights of the children are still to be touched by them. Realizing this scenario of children and keeping the main goal of the organization to protect the target group from the trap to prostitution, RN has been providing capacity building training to the girls and women from this sector. Moreover, by providing the safe transit home to their children as well as those girls who have been victims of rape and sexual abuse, RN is keeping them safe. In its home, RN provides them with food, shelter, education, health services. Currently, the number of children has increased to 30 from 25 who are from 2 to 14 years of age. Out of them 20 are girls and 10 are boys, who are studying from nursery to grade 10.
This child safe home does not have any regular donor, but is run with the individual donations. Some of the donors support them with school fee, some with uniforms and some with stationery and food, etc. That is the reason why RN is always in search of donors for sustainably running of this safe transit home.
Greetings from Nepal
We would like to thank you very much from the organization and all children at safe home. We are very pleased to get support from your side. It's very valuable for all children. Currently they are regularly going to school and are staying at shelter safely. But due to irregular donations, we are struggling to give a better life these children. Hence, we still are seeking for regular support from the donors. Your small donation can change some children’s life for better. Please help us to help them in future as well.
Thank you very much for your great support.
Rabin Malla and Raksha Nepal Team