Feb 1, 2021

First rescue of the year

We are very pleased to let you know that we have rescued a 14-year-old boy and brought him to safety.  This followed a tip off from a local child rights NGO that we had worked with before.   

The rescue mission was undertaken by our staff team, with support from the local police. We originally thought we would be rescuing two boys, but someone had warned the factory and sadly one of the boys was hidden before we arrived. 

When we rescued this boy he was initially very tearful. It's a big shock when your factory is raided by the police; children often assume they are in trouble. However this young boy is now at our safe house and has been reassured and comforted.

He had been working for about four months at a welding factory that made iron grills for windows. This young boy had been using dangerous welding equipment with no training or protective clothing. He was barefoot despite it being winter in Nepal.

We are hearing many stories of families in desperate financial circumstances who are having to send their children to work as a last resort.  In certain situations we can offer financial support to families so that they can afford to send their children back to school. 

For now, we are caring for this boy, who is now in safe hands. 

Thank you for your support which enables us to rescue children like these, and restore their childhoods to them.

Joanna Bega
Chief Executive 

Feb 1, 2021

Supporting schools as they re-open in Nepal

Pre-school classroom transformed
Pre-school classroom transformed

The Covid-19 pandemic caused a complete lockdown in Nepal. Schools were closed from March 2020 to November 2020. 

In November, we supported schools to reopen by offering hygiene training and supplying PPE equipment. We also restarted our school improvement programme to help children stay safe and happy in schools.

In one primary school, we transformed a pre-school classroom by providing carpet, cushions, books and toys. In another, we offered WASH training and the young people then passed on their knowledge to their parents. We have also trained 90 teachers in child focussed methods. 

Thank you for your support. The more children we can keep attending school, the safer they will be from traffickers.

With grateful thanks

Joanna Bega 

Oct 9, 2020

Drawing heart maps in lockdown

The lockdown in Nepal continues, as cases are still rising. Many people think that the worst is yet to come for Nepal. 

We have over thirty children in our care, who haven't been to school since March. Our houseparents are having to be incredibly resourceful in maintaining routine, exercise and education. Last month children undertook an exercise when they drew heart maps, showing their characters through what they liked and what they disliked. 

These exercises are really valuable to help children express themselves in a safe environment and form part of the healing process. 

Thank you for continuing to support us and our children through this very challenging period. 

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