After all the festivals, the boys have gone back to school but they will have another few days off soon. They are going on a trip to Pokhara and everyone is very excited. Our wonderful returning volunteer, Paola, has raised some funds for that and is taking them now for the dream trip. Our other volunteer and our previous home manager who runs our non profit cafe in Kathmandu now, will also be joining them so it will be a lovely reunion and I am sure a lot of fun for everyone.
In the meantime, we had some children that we needed to assist quickly as part of our Day Care Centre/Child Helpline project in the centre of Birgunj. We rescued 4 very young children (6-7 years old) from working at a hotel and linked them back with their families with the assistance of the authorities. Since the children were from India, we liaised with another organisation across the border and children's authorities there to ensure that the children will not be sent back to work and that they attend school.
Another sad story we have encountered is a case of two children (7-8 years old) that the mum trained at begging and forced them to throw themselves in front of cars and rikshas to get money from passengers. They were being trained not to let go off the vehicles until somebody gives them some money. For those that have not been to Nepal - Birgunj city centre where we met them, is really really busy with cars, rikshas, motorbikes coming from of all directions so it is very dangerous for anyone crossing the roads. Together with the police we liaised with the mum and are trying to help her with finding a job and assisting the children at our Day Care Centre.
And on a positive note, our new eggs laying chickens will be arriving from Chitwan shortly! We will post photos in the next report.
Thank you so much for all your support. And please keep an eye out on our social media - we will be launching our winter campaign soon! Without your continuous support we would never be able to help all the children that we have helped so far and are hoping to help in the future.