6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home

by Our Sansar
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6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home
6000 Street Children in Nepal: Give Them a Home

Recently we had 5 new boys joining in our children's home. We are very pleased to say that all have settled nicely now. One of our boys required very intensive counselling due to the trauma but he is much better now. All the boys to go to school, and Subash is continuing his university. 

We had some very tough experiences in the past couple of months whilst trying to help as many children as possible. We came across one lady who was begging in front of a hospital with her 7 children, some very very young. Her husband is in prison so there is noone to look after them. We took some of the children to our Helpline to provide them with shelter, education and care and we were discussing a possibility of assisting the lady with setting up a small tea shop for her so that she can at least afford a room and food for herself and the children. The lady's parents in law found out about it and forced her to refuse any help of this kind despite not being able to assist her themselves - as the family are from a slightly higher caste, it was seen as not suitable for a woman to work outside. So they have been forcing her to beg instead of working. 4 children as still with us so they are safe but the smallest ones, including a baby, are with the mum, sleeping on the street. We are still trying to talk to the family to see what we can do to help but we do come across so many of these culturally different scenarios on a daily basis and sometimes are just not able to help. 

From a bit more positive news, we have a new social worker at the child helpline and she is doing wonderfully well, trying to visit as many children in need as possible and to help quickly and efficiently. Also, the monsoon season should be coming to an end soon - and that means end to our child helpline building flooding that keeps happening all over again this year. 

We will soon be looking to try and set up a library for the children at the helpline so we will update you with the progress of that!

And thank you so much for all the support, the situation in southern Nepal is quite bad at the moment and so many children needing assistance. So we do appreciate everything you have done to help!

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Recently, we have been overwhelmed by the amount of children needing assistance in Birgunj, Janakpur and beyond. We are now expanding our Outreach Programme and hoping to locate most of the children that have nowhere to turn to for help in Province 2 in southern Nepal. 

The elections are coming up in Nepal and many political candidates are preoccupied with trying to win the votes but the actual issues facing local communities are being totally neglected - nobody wants to make any decisions now as everything might change again in the next month or so. It took us a very long time and a lot of effort to locate a brother of the boy that had been abused in the most horrendous ways and forced to work at the abuser's hotel. We had suspicions that the brother might also be forced to work and we were right - we are now trying to move him to our centre and work out the ways we can help him and prosecute the abusers. 

On the 12th April we celebrated the International Day for Street Children - the children from our and other centres took part in an arts workshop and had many games organised. We also invited around 20 children that we are trying to help on the streets and within the community. They all had such fun and were very happy with the food and care provided. We are in touch with them on a daily basis and hope that most will join us at least during the day when they can receive education, extra curricular activities, food and can socialise with our other children. Sadly, most of them are being forced to beg or work on the streets by their parents so we are liaising with the families on the best future plans for the children. 

In the next 2 weeks we are launching a new project so we will keep you updated with these developments as well!

Thank you so much for all the support, it is really needed at the moment and we are so grateful for any past, current and future donations - these have and will change the lives of a lot of children in Nepal. 

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There has been a lot going on at our children's centres in Birgunj recently!

First, the most exciting news - our Subash has just passed his college exams and will be getting ready for his university next year! He was one of the first boys that joined our Children's Home in 2013 and is now working as a Project Assistant part time and continuing his studies. We just couldn't be prouder. 

We have been very busy trying to help a number of children through our Child Helpline. We are now working with a fantastic organisation, the Starlight Foundation Nepal funded by Justice Ventures International, who are helping us file the case against a senior army officer who, together with his wife, was responsible for abuse, torture and forcing a child to work. Many politicians from the ruling party in Nepal and other influential organisations are still trying to put pressure on us not to do anything. The little boy had horrendous burns on his legs and bruises all over his body. We have done a number of psychological assessments with the boy and after spending two weeks at the hospital, he is with us now. Luckily, he seems to be a very happy boy now. At the moment the case has been filed and police are supportive so hopefully the man will be prosecuted. If not, our amazing lawyers will ensure that we can bring a private prosecution. 

We are now starting a new part of the project focusing on the child labour cases in Birgunj. We have done initial surveys and investigation and 4 new boys joined us in the past week. We need to do more investigation on other cases and we will accept new children and work out best plans for their future when appropriate. 

The winter is starting now in Nepal so we are focusing even more on ensuring there are no children on the streets.

We will keep you updated on all the new children in our next report.

Thank you so much for all the support!!! 

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The past few months have been a real roller coaster for our staff with so many sad stories of children to deal with. At the same time, we are very happy that we are there to help them as there is no other organisation to assist them in any way. 

Recently, we were contacted by the police and asked to help an 8 year old boy who saw his mum being killed by his aunt and uncle. His dad is in prison for a different crime so he was under the care of his grandmother who decided to send him to a hotel to work. He was physically abused there by the hotel workers, had to work very long hours and didn't get paid for the work. When the police found him, he was wearing plastic bags instead of clothes. Now he is safe with us and is getting all the necessary counselling and care. He has other 4 siblings under the care of the grandmother - all are very scared and not safe, with one 6 years old girl also working in a different hotel. We are now working on bringing all the children to our shelters and then we will plan for their future. 

We have also finally managed to get birth certificates for the two girls that have been staying with us for just over a year and we are now able to move them to our new Janakpur safe house for girls. This was a huge achievement for the staff as getting birth certificates and citizenship is a very long process - especially when the children have no parents. Without these documents the children are not even able to attend school. So the girls will embark on their journey to Janakpur this week where our social worker and the counsellor will be planning their future to ensure they receive good education and best possible start in their lives. 

Another big achievement has been a series of meetings that have led to an MOU to be signed in the next few weeks between us and the Chamber of Commerce in Birgunj. As part of the MOU, the Chamber of Commerce have committed to assisting us with finding jobs for the parents/guardians/families of the children that we help. This will make a huge difference to the lives of so many children over there. 

Thank you again for all the support. It means so much to us and to our children. 

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It has been an incredibly busy time for the Our Sansar team in Nepal. We are starting a new project in Janakpur this month and are also focusing on our existing projects in Birgunj. 

One of our boys will be linked back with his family soon. Due to a mental illness, his mum was not been able to look after him but now she is married again and the husband is looking after her and is happy to accept our Adip as his own son. Adip also has a little sister who will attend the same school as him and he cannot wait to join them and help her with her schooling. The community are rebuilding their house that is in a really bad state at the moment, and we will provide beds, desks, educational materials and anything else necessary to Adip and his sister so that they can have comfortable lives. We will also support him with education and any further training that he might require/want in the future. 

We had two new boys joining our Child Helpline in Birgunj - 8 and 9 years old children who were being forced to work in a hotel. They are staying with us at the moment and we are liaising with the family and the authorities to try and find the best possible solution for them. In the meantime they are receiving care, informal education and counselling. 

We have also managed to send a sister of one of our boys to Kathmandu to our new partner's, Lily's Leaves, training and counselling centre to provide her with counselling and mentoring that she desperately needs, and then any suitable training that might fit with her skills. We will update everyone on the progress of the training. 

We have some exciting news coming up soon so you should be able to read about that in our next report!

Thank you so much for all the support so far. It means so much to us and even more to all the children that we have been able to help. 

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Rajesh Kalhan
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