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May 21, 2018

Escaping Abuse in Nepal

Our Chair of Trustees, Nick Barry, has just got back from Nepal where he visited our projects and here is part of his report, which I would like to share with you. 

'This is the shelter for the young girls who have been subjected to various types of abuse. The centre has recently had to move, as we had outgrown our original premises. It is now in a large building and we were told that it is not as homely as the previous location. Nevertheless, the team which runs the shelter are brilliant with the girls and have made the best of a large cold building. It used to be a block of apartments and therefore has a great deal of space but does lack a little intimacy for the youngsters who are so vulnerable. The staff are working hard on this and will no doubt create a cosy home soon.

We spent time with the team who were supporting the girls to be children – making paper models, colouring pictures and learning to read and write using colourful aids. The girls appeared to be enjoying this approach as there was lots of giggling and laughter.

The shelter had recently seen a mob gathered outside to pressure our partners to stop a legal case and reveal the whereabouts of the victim of abuse. The mob failed to get into the shelter as the community (local to the shelter) came to prevent entry. This is such a powerful action by the local community and is a full endorsement of the value of the project and the work that we and our partners are doing'

In the last six months, we have achieved the following.

  • Total number of  children supported = 32
  • Total number of children attended awareness class in shelter (Awareness on sexual abuse and exploitation , HIV and AIDs and trafficking) = 19
  • Total number of children reintegrated with their family  = 5
  • Total number of children supported for independent reintegration = 1
  • Children provided guidance for the career development plan= 8
  • Total number of children supported in Vocational training = 4
  • Number of children who had life skill training = 16

Without your support, none of this would have been possible.  So a BIG thank you on behalf of all the girls in the centre.

The Kidasha Team

 

Apr 4, 2018

Safe to Grow, protecting Nepali children

Thank you for supporting our Safe to Grow Project

It is estimated  that since the devastating earthquake, there are around 5000 children living on the streets in Nepal.  Almost two thirds of these children will have been spending time living on the streets since the age of ten, or younger. Street children will most likely have been pushed out of their homes by violence, parental poverty or family breakdown.

On the street, these children face further abuse, including from tourists and the police. Despite being victims of circumstance and existing in the worst conditions, street children are treated as less than human and are often spat on, beaten, and called derogatory names.

Four in five of these children will turn to solvent abuse as a way to cope with the trauma of living on the street. They collect rubbish and rags, or beg, in order to earn money to survive. These children exist within a cycle of poverty and abuse – unable to get proper, paid work, they will continue to suffer from addiction, abuse and psychological trauma, and many will die young.

Here at Kidasha, we are working to break this cycle. Our work is not just about getting these children off the streets, but also facilitating their recovery, teaching them valuable skills, and preventing them from ever having to return to this way of life. We also work directly with families to put an end to the conditions which force children out of their homes and onto the streets.

It is now almost three years since the earthquake, but there is still a lot to do.  So on behalf of the children we work with - A big thank you.

Best wishes

The Kidasha Team

Mar 12, 2018

Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal

Thank you for supporting our Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal.

It is estimated  that there are around 5000 children living on the streets in Nepal.  Almost two thirds of these children will have been spending time living on the streets since the age of ten, or younger. Street children will most likely have been pushed out of their homes by violence, parental poverty or family breakdown.

On the street, these children face further abuse, including from tourists and the police. Despite being victims of circumstance and existing in the worst conditions, street children are treated as less than human and are often spat on, beaten, and called derogatory names.

Four in five of these children will turn to solvent abuse as a way to cope with the trauma of living on the street. They collect rubbish and rags, or beg, in order to earn money to survive. These children exist within a cycle of poverty and abuse – unable to get proper, paid work, they will continue to suffer from addiction, abuse and psychological trauma, and many will die young.

Here at Kidasha, we are working to break this cycle. Our work is not just about getting these children off the streets, but also facilitating their recovery, teaching them valuable skills, and preventing them from ever having to return to this way of life. We also work directly with families to put an end to the conditions which force children out of their homes and onto the streets.

Without your  support, we wouldn't be able to do this life-changing work in Nepal.  So on behalf of the children we work with - A big thank you.

Best wishes

The Kidasha Team

 
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