So big news - after all the hurdles that we have experienced with the pandemic and other issues, the project is finally starting at the end of the month! It will be larger than initially anticipated and we will be able to assist more children.
We are starting with opening a shelter for the girls and the home for the boys will follow a month or so later. The formal launch will be on the 2nd April and we will release more information then - everyone on the team is very excited. We now have new social workers and a counsellor and all are starting their training/induction.
It has been a long journey but we are so pleased to say that now we will be able to reach majority of children in Province 2 in Southern Nepal who need emergency assistance. It's the smallest but most populous province in Nepal, with 50% of children out of school, more than 10,000 cases a year of violence against girls and women and the highest number of missing children. That's why we do what we do.
Our first girls that will be joining our new shelter are at the moment at our Child Helpline in Birgunj. They were found a few months back on the street by their dad's dead body and one of them almost died because of malnutrition. They are physically fine now but with no family around them they need a lot of counselling and care.
We have also been doing a lot of community outreach and should be able to assist many more girls who have experienced trauma due to violence, trafficking and rape. We will keep you posted on all the developments and we will announce more details and information about our wonderful partners that we are working on the project with within the next report.
Thanks you so much for all your support so far. It has only been possible thanks to you.
Due to the current situation we are still not able to open the transit home - travel between the districts keeps getting restricted and many of the government workers are off work due to coronavirus. All in all, it is very difficult to get anything arranged at the moment. We have however applied to the central government to get a special helpline number to be able to help children from more districts. We should have the result in about two months.
Nepal, the same as many other countries, has been badly affected by the coronavirus. The government now stopped any support for people affected by the lockdowns and curfews. Many people have not been able to work and now even the medical support has stopped - so people are expected to pay around £96 a day if they require hospital treatment. This results in people avoiding hospitals even when they need care, and passing on the virus to the rest of the family and community. There are more children now begging and working on the streets, some are forced to do that by their parents, and some have nowhere to go. We are now trying to reach out to as many as possible and help them in any way we can. We are also expecting the numbers of children needing assistance to increase significantly over the next few months.
Luckily, we have enough space at our Birgunj centre to help a large number of children, and we will try and open another centre if there is a need for that.
All this has been possible thanks to all your support. Please keep sharing the info on our projects within your networks. Thank you so much!
Province 2 in Nepal where we work to assist street children is a really poor region anyway and coronavirus just added massively to it. The government has provided some sort of shelter to some of the children and adults at their quarantine places - but these places lack hygiene, nutritious food or any basic facilities and people mix with each other, so not a proper quarantine, just the opposite.
Borders between many districts have been closed so we haven't been able to cover the cases from all districts apart from the 3 near to our child helpline. The lockdown is being eased now but the number of corona cases is going up in the region so we just need to wait and see. We are in constant communication with the local governments in other districts in case they need our support.
In the past 3 months we have been focusing on taking good care of our children at the children's home and child helpline/day care centre, supporting worst affected families and providing food, and basic necessities to children kept at the quarantine centres. We have had a few new referrals from the police to assist some children on the streets and we are doing what we can. Most importantly, all the children in our care are healthy and very happy with millions of activities and having the longest school holiday ever!
Thank you all so much for supporting us. Please share the information about us and our projects with your networks. Any help is greatly appreciated!
We have been very busy providing assistance to more and more street children in Nepal. Our Child Helpline is getting busier and busier, and the police, businesses and members of the public are requesting more help from us everyday. We have had some very sad cases of children being abandoned, malnourished, begging on the streets or being married off at a very young age. But we keep on trying to help and at least some of these children will be able to have a happy future.
We have finally managed to locate a family of one of our boys after more than 6 years of searching for them. Both parents are deaf and mute, and very poor but they were really happy that we have found them and arranged a meeting with their long lost son. Luckily they live not that far away from our children's home so they will be able to visit him or he can visit them during school holidays. We will be doing proper monitoring of the situation and we will see if it is possible to help them and link the boy with them in the future.
Our boys at the children home have just had a sporting competition at their school and some of them won medals - so we are all proud! Now they are trying to train new children at the day care centre/child helpline so a lot of sports and games happening there on Saturdays!
We will keep you updated with the progress - hopefully this year we can help even more children in the whole of Province 2 in Nepal!
Thank you so much for your support and please share the details about us and the projects with your families and friends.
We are almost at the end of the year and it has been a very challenging and rewarding time. With our newly opened child helpline and day care centre, we are getting more and more requests for help. Sadly, we are encountering more cases of child labour - mainly very young children working in hotels and restaurants. Luckily, the mayor and the police are taking the issue seriously now and are assisting us a lot with locating the children and where possible, their families.
We have about 15 children regularly attending our day care centre and some of them stay overnight. 8 children attend school as well, the rest receive their classes at our centre. They will start their school when they are ready. The helpline covers Province 2 in Nepal so we are being contacted now by business owners and other organisations asking to help the victims of child labour and a number of cases where the children are forced to beg by their parents. Because of the holiday season in Nepal in October and November, there have been more children and their parents begging. We had a number of cases where the mum forced the children to throw themselves onto any vehicles and not let go until people give them money. With the help of the police we managed to assist a few children but the issue is still there and it will take time to find a solution. We are trying to help the mums find jobs but most of them come from very low castes that have been begging for living for hundreds of years. Nevertheless, we are trying to at least help the children attend school and even if only manage to help 10 children or so, it is always something. And hopefully, in the next few years, there will be no more street children in that area.
Thank you so much for all your support so far. Please continue following our work and support us when you can - thanks to you we have been able to help so many children.
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