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

Feb 20, 2018

Escaping Abuse in Nepal

Thank you for supporting our Escaping Abuse in Nepal programme.  I would like to share a story from our CEO, Janice Miller on her last trip to Nepal.  It is a good reminder, as always, of just why we do what we do and what an incredible team we work with in Nepal.

Asmita, a young pregnant girl who had been staying in our shelter for victims of sexual abuse, was rushed into hospital with dangerously high blood pressure and gave birth to a very tiny premature baby girl.

I visited Asmita in the hospital and was shocked to find her and the baby in a filthy room with three other new young mums, not a nurse or doctor in sight and a reliance on visitors to bring food.

The baby, had she been born in the UK, would have been in an incubator, but there she was simply wrapped in a blanket on a dirty bed with her 
traumatised mum, who never said a word but was clearly in pain and struggling to breastfeed.  

To make matters worse, I then discovered that in an attempt to cover the shame of Asmita being unmarried and pregnant she was forced into an arranged marriage, only for her new husband to have committed suicide just two months after the wedding.

So at 15, Asmita was a widow, with a premature baby, no money and unable to return to her village for fear of discrimination and abuse.

Asmita was really happy to return to our shelter. We got her on the way to physical recovery and the baby, though still tiny, began feeding well.  However, the best news of all was that Asmita's mother had 
travelled down from her village and, after a couple of days of also staying in our shelter, agreed to take her daughter and granddaughter home and care for them. 

This wouldn't have been possible without Kidasha's intervention and support at a critical time in the life of a vulnerable young girl.

Without your ongoing 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

Jan 8, 2018

Safe to Grow, protecting Nepali children

I would like to share with you a story about Sujan (not his real name) who is just 14. He should be living with his family and spending his days at school. Instead, he’s forced to live alone, miles from his loved ones, and work 12 hour days doing manual labour for meagre pay. Sujan came to Pokhara in search of work after the earthquake.

In Nepal, the one ticket to a brighter future is education, but Sujan is trapped in a cycle of labour and poverty, unable to even write his own name. This is the reality for countless children in Nepal. Forced out of school and into work in order to support their families, they are vulnerable to harrowing levels of abuse and deprivation. Across Nepal, 1 in 4 of the poorest children are not in school.

But there is hope for children like Sujan. Our Boosting Learning course, designed specifically for street or working children, focuses on improving basic literacy and numeracy, with practical applications which make a real difference to their daily lives. Those who take this course see a dramatic improvement in reading and comprehension skills, as well as marked changes in confidence and self-belief.

 After meeting Sujan, Kidasha was able to find a place for him on one of these courses. He said:

“I really enjoyed going to classes. The teacher taught us really well and I was able to learn practical things, like how to write a customer bill, fill in an application form, or do measurements. Before, I was embarrassed in work as I didn’t know how to do simple things, but now I can talk to customers and take on more responsibility.”

Sujan is now working towards a promotion in his job and is planning for his future with more hope and confidence. Just 40 hours of education has helped change the shape of what’s to come for him.

In 2018, we want to provide even more of Nepal’s children with the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty, but we need your donations. With your help and generosity, we can help more children like Sujan.

On behalf of everyone at Kidasha, thank you for any support you can give.

Best wishes for 2018.

The Kidasha Team

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