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Feb 24, 2020

Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal

We can't thank you enough for your continued support and interest in our projects.  Through your help we have managed to change the lives of many street children in Pokhara.

One success story I would like to share is

Amar (not his real name) was only 10 years old when he first ended up on the street after his mother passed away and he was left in the care of his alcoholic father. On the street, Amar quickly got involved in solvent use and was also vulnerable to abuse from older children. It took our outreach workers over six months to persuade Amar to try to leave the street. After an initial period staying in our rehabilitation centre, Amar decided to try and live again with his father who had since remarried. Although social workers worked to counsel and support him, his father and step-mother, Amar was unable to adjust to living in the home due to his father’s erratic behaviour and returned to the rehabilitation centre. He started going to school again and was an active member of the Children’s Development Bank.

Last year his father disappeared leaving behind Amar’s step-brother. At this point his uncle decided to take care of Amar’s step-brother and Amar began to visit them regularly building a positive relationship. Three months ago, at the end of the school year Amar started to live with his uncle. He has adjusted well and is happy, attending the local school as well as joining the army cadets. Amar is extremely grateful for the support he has received to turn his life around.

I see my old friends still on the street, addicted to drugs and involved in crime and know that could have easily been me.”

We hope to reach more children like Amar and with your help we can.

Thank you again for your wonderful support.

 

The Kidasha Team

Dec 10, 2019

Final report from our Earthquake Project

It is now over 4 years since the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015. The knock on effect can still be clearly seen in Pokhara, with more and more families moving to the city in search of work. However, we feel it is now impossible to say if this is as a direct response to the earthquake or actually just a general migration to the city.   As a result we feel that we can't keep raising money for a restricted fund for helping children post earthquake and have decided to close this project.

Our work at Kidasha is all about transforming the lives of the children we work with.  I would like to share with you one last  update about one of our beneficiaries.

Amir was 12 years old when he first came to Pokhara from a remote and deprived rural district in the west of Nepal. His father had died leaving Amir as the eldest son with the responsibility to support his family – his mother and a younger brother and sister. As a result his Uncle brought him to the city in search of work.

Amir was identified six months ago by a Kidasha outreach worker during workplace assessments conducted in partnership with the city authorities. He is now 14 years old and is a welder in a garage. Although, he doesn’t like his job, he has little option as he has to support his family and sends the £50 he earns each month home.

Our outreach work persuaded Amir to join one of functional learning classes near the garage where he was working. Amir had never been to school and it took a lot of persuasion to get him to join the class each morning.   When he started he lacked confidence and showed little interest in actively participating. However, over time as he has gradually started to learn, achieve more and he is beginning to enjoy the classes. Amir’s confidence and well being have increased significantly.  Amir wants to take every opportunity to learn and he has set himself a goal to open his own repair workshop within the next 10 years.

None of this would have been possible without generous people such as yourselves and GlobalGiving.  If you would like to continue supporting us through GlobalGiving please look at our project called Protect and inspire Street Children in Nepal by clicking the link below.

Many thanks and have a very Happy Christmas.

 

The Kidasha Team



 

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Nov 26, 2019

Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal

 

Our work at Kidasha is all about transforming the lives of the children we work with.  I would like to share with you an update about one of our beneficiaries.

Amir was 12 years old when he first came to Pokhara from a remote and deprived rural district in the west of Nepal. His father had died leaving Amir as the eldest son with the responsibility to support his family – his mother and a younger brother and sister. As a result his Uncle brought him to the city in search of work.

Amir was identified six months ago by a Kidasha outreach worker during workplace assessments conducted in partnership with the city authorities. He is now 14 years old and is a welder in a garage. Although, he doesn’t like his job, he has little option as he has to support his family and sends the £50 he earns each month home.

Our outreach work persuaded Amir to join one of functional learning classes near the garage where he was working. Amir had never been to school and it took a lot of persuasion to get him to join the class each morning.   When he started he lacked confidence and showed little interest in actively participating. However, over time as he has gradually started to learn, achieve more and he is beginning to enjoy the classes. Amir’s confidence and well being have increased significantly.  Amir wants to take every opportunity to learn and he has set himself a goal to open his own repair workshop within the next 10 years.

Without your wonderful generous support, we could never have achieved what we have in Nepal but sadly there are many more children, like Amir who we need to reach.  So, it would be fantastic if you would consider donating again to Kidasha this Christmas.

 

Many thanks


The Kidasha Team

 
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