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Aug 30, 2017

Escaping Abuse in Nepal

Give a girl a childhood
Give a girl a childhood

 Since 2007, Kidasha has been working in partnership with Shakti Samuha to provide an emergency shelter and recovery/rehabilitation services for girl victims of sexual abuse and exploitation in Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city. Shakti Samuha is a national survivor-led organisation working for the rights of trafficking survivors in ten districts of Nepal. The shelter was established specifically for children and was the first shelter of its kind where girls who are victims of sexual abuse or exploitation are admitted immediately for their protection if they meet two basic criteria:

(1) are under the age of 18

(2) are a victim of sexual abuse or exploitation or are at imminent risk of such, for example, a girl sleeping alone on the street.

It therefore offers immediate protection for these girls i.e. once a girl has been identified, she can be accommodated in the shelter within the hour, with official paperwork being completed once she is safe. It is the only facility in Pokhara which offers this service and to date no girl has been turned away. The project places a strong emphasis on de-institutionalisation, with priority on family or independent reintegration (according to age).

Since it was first established, the shelter has provided life-saving support to over 500 girls and has successfully reintegrated the majority back with their families or into independent living. It also works closely with the local community and government agencies to bring a large number of perpetrators to account.The benefit obviously goes much further as for every prosecution this can stop someone abusing another girl and also can prevent others abusing girls.

Without your support we wouldn't be able to continue to run this shelter, so on behalf of the girls a big thank you.

Best wishes

The Kidasha Team

www.kidasha.org

Jul 18, 2017

Protecting Nepali Children

Sabin visiting his family
Sabin visiting his family
Since the devastating earthquake over two years ago, more and more children have flocked to Pokhara in search of a better life.  Sadly the reality is that the majority of them are much worse off.
However, we would like to share with you the success of one of our boys from the street shelter.  Sabin (not his real name) is currently 11 years old and has been living in our centre for the last eight months.  We found Sabin on the streets of Pokhara, where he had been living for over 6 months.

His father left before he was born and his step-father was unwilling to care for him, so he was sent by his mum to a relative in the city. This ‘aunt’ used to beat him most days and Sabin ended up running away and living on the street.

We encouraged Sabin to attend our non-formal education classes, which have been especially formulated to get kids back into main stream education. Sabin then started to stay in the centre and was able to join the local government school midway through the academic year. He has just completed his end of year exams and we are delighted to report he has been attending regularly and came first in his class.  This is an amazing achievement, considering 8 months ago he was sniffing glue to stave off hunger and living rough on the street.

Our next aim is to reintegrate Sabin back with his family. This process has begun and Sabin has made a couple of visits with the support from our staff.  This photo shows him with his mother, step-father and younger brother on one of these visits.

Thank you so much for your support, without which we could never have achieved what we have.  

Many thanks and best wishes

 

The Kidasha Team
Jun 15, 2017

Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal

Sabin visiting his family
Sabin visiting his family

We would like to share with you the success of one of our boys from the street shelter.  Sabin (not his real name) is currently 11 years old and has been living in our centre for the last eight months.  We found Sabin on the streets of Pokhara, where he had been living for over 6 months.

His father left before he was born and his step-father was unwilling to care for him, so he was sent by his mum to a relative in the city. This ‘aunt’ used to beat him most days and Sabin ended up staying on the street.

We encouraged Sabin to attend our non-formal education classes, which have been especially formulated to get kids back into main stream education. Sabin then started to stay in the centre and was able to join the local government school midway through the academic year. He has just completed his end of year exams and we are delighted to report he has been attending regularly and came first in his class.  This is an amazing achievement, considering 8 months ago he was sniffing glue to stave off hunger and living rough on the street.

Our next aim is to reintegrate Sabin back with his family. This process has begun and Sabin has made a couple of visits with the support from our staff.  This photo shows him with his mother, step-father and younger brother on one of these visits.

Thank you so much for your support, without which we could never have achieved what we have.  

Many thanks and best wishes

 

The Kidasha Team

 
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