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Jun 13, 2019

Safe to Grow, Protecting Nepali Children

I would like to share with you the success of one of our boys who we have been working with since the earthquake.  Our work isn't a quick fix and there are many challenges which have to be overcome.  Here is a shining example of the work our partners are doing in turning around the lives of the most vunerable children in Nepal.

Nabin (not his real name) is now 17 years old and has been on and off the street for a number of years. Two years ago, he was motivated by Kidasha outreach workers to leave the street and join the Rehabilitation Centre. Initially leaving street life was difficult for Nabin and he ran away back to the street, his street gang and substance abuse a number of times. With the support of his social worker, Nabin was able to realize the impact this was having on his life and to learn to develop better coping strategies. After six months he moved into the Midway Home and started attending school again.


Over the next year Nabin progressed well in school, made new friends and started to increase contact with his family, progressively spending weekends staying with his father. His confidence grew and he became better at dealing with challenges he faced in his daily life – no longer resorting to escaping to the street or drugs. In the school holidays Nabin would work in a metal workshop earning and saving money. Six months ago, Nabin made the decision to start living with his father again. Supported by Kidasha’s social worker, both father and son have learnt to adapt their behaviours and live together positively. Nabin paid for his school fees himself this year and he is studying hard and aims to graduate from high school in the next two years.

“I really liked the midway home and the way it worked. The rules had the right balance and we were encouraged to go out to school, training or work. It’s from there I learnt to quit bad habits myself, not because I was forced to. I feel a much stronger person now.”

None of this would have been possible without your generous support.  Sadly there are many more children like Nabin in Nepal who need our help.  If you were able to give another donation, we would be able to change more lives for the better in Nepal.

Best wishes and many thanks

 

The Kidasha Team
May 29, 2019

Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal

Thank you for your continued support and interest in our work in Nepal.  Over the last year we have achieved so much, however, none of it would have been possible without you. For example

  • We reached 5,124 of Nepal's most vulnerable and at-risk children
  • We extended our pioneering Life Skills Education programme to 16 government schools and reached 1,118 students 
  • We supported 938 working or at-risk children and 148 street-involved children through our core child protection services
  • Supported and changed the lives of 137 female victims of sexual abuse and exploitation
  • We lobbied the Gandaki Regional Automobile Workshop Association to amend bylaws barring employment of children under 14
  • We helped 882 of the poorest children to attend school by providing books, uniforms, and fees

We would like to share with you a success story of a young girl, whose life has been turned around. 14 year old Seema (not her real name) is from the east of Nepal. Seema's father was an alcoholic, who used to physically abuse her and her mother, so much so, her Mother and brother moved out.  Her father's behaviour got worse and he would often  beat and sexually abuse her, threatening that if she told anyone he would kill her. This continued until one day he sent her to work as a domestic worker in someone else’s home. Feeling safe in this new environment, Seema shared everything that had happened and her father was arrested and sentenced to prison.

Due to the stigma of the sexul abuse, Seema didn’t feel comfortable staying in the same town and so her employer arranged for her to move to Pokhara to a new workplace. In Pokhara, she was identified by Kidasha's outreach workers and has now started to regularly visit one of our Drop-In Centres where she receives counselling and Non-Formal Education. Seema has also made new friends in the centre – other girls working as domestic workers and is much happier. She has just completed three months of Non-Formal Education and her employer has agreed to support her back into school from this month, which is the start of the new academic year. Seema is determined to study hard to make a better future for herself and to help other children in similar situations.

Our work in Nepal is extremely important and with your kind and generous help, we can change the lives of many more vulnerable children.


Many thanks 

The Kidasha Team
May 7, 2019

Escaping Abuse in Nepal

Thank you for your continued support and interest in our work in Nepal.  Over the last year we have achieved so much and none of it would have been possible without you. So, not only have we supported and changed the lives of 137 female victims of sexual abuse & exploitation, we have also achieved the following:

  • We reached 5,124 of Nepal's most vulnerable and at-risk children
  • We extended our pioneering Life Skills Education programme to 16 government schools and reached 1,118 students 
  • We supported 938 working or at-risk children and 148 street-involved children through our core child protection services
  • We lobbied the Gandaki Regional Automobile Workshop Association to amend bylaws barring employment of children under 14
  • We helped 882 of the poorest children to attend school by providing books, uniforms, and fees

On our CEO's last visit - Janice Miller said the following

During my trip, I also visited our shelter for girl victims of sexual abuse, where having just recently moved to a different building, the staff and girls were still unpacking and setting in.  As always when I visit this project, I was overwhelmed with both anger and sadness that many of the girls are less than 10 years old.  On a positive note, the girls were excited to be going on an outing later that day, albeit to have their eyes tested at a local eye clinic.

Our work in Nepal is extremely important and with your kind and generous help, we can change the lives of many more vulnerable children.

Many thanks 

The Kidasha Team

 
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