Escaping Abuse in Nepal

by Kidasha
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Escaping Abuse in Nepal
Escaping Abuse in Nepal
Escaping Abuse in Nepal
Escaping Abuse in Nepal
Escaping Abuse in Nepal
Escaping Abuse in Nepal
Escaping Abuse in Nepal
Escaping Abuse in Nepal
Escaping Abuse in Nepal

Our Chair of Trustees, Nick Barry, has just got back from Nepal where he visited our projects and here is part of his report, which I would like to share with you. 

'This is the shelter for the young girls who have been subjected to various types of abuse. The centre has recently had to move, as we had outgrown our original premises. It is now in a large building and we were told that it is not as homely as the previous location. Nevertheless, the team which runs the shelter are brilliant with the girls and have made the best of a large cold building. It used to be a block of apartments and therefore has a great deal of space but does lack a little intimacy for the youngsters who are so vulnerable. The staff are working hard on this and will no doubt create a cosy home soon.

We spent time with the team who were supporting the girls to be children – making paper models, colouring pictures and learning to read and write using colourful aids. The girls appeared to be enjoying this approach as there was lots of giggling and laughter.

The shelter had recently seen a mob gathered outside to pressure our partners to stop a legal case and reveal the whereabouts of the victim of abuse. The mob failed to get into the shelter as the community (local to the shelter) came to prevent entry. This is such a powerful action by the local community and is a full endorsement of the value of the project and the work that we and our partners are doing'

In the last six months, we have achieved the following.

  • Total number of  children supported = 32
  • Total number of children attended awareness class in shelter (Awareness on sexual abuse and exploitation , HIV and AIDs and trafficking) = 19
  • Total number of children reintegrated with their family  = 5
  • Total number of children supported for independent reintegration = 1
  • Children provided guidance for the career development plan= 8
  • Total number of children supported in Vocational training = 4
  • Number of children who had life skill training = 16

Without your support, none of this would have been possible.  So a BIG thank you on behalf of all the girls in the centre.

The Kidasha Team

 

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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

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Thank you for donating to GlobalGiving Little by Little Campaign supporting our Escaping Abuse in Nepal project.  We would like to share  with you a case study about a particular girl called Cithara  (not her real name), who has had her life turned around by our shelter.

Cithara is only 11 years old and has been living in our shelter for the last 6 months.  She  comes from an extremely poor family.  Her father was a rubbish collector and her mother was a daily labourer.  Cithara and her brother witnessed a lot of fighting at home and eventually the marriage broke down.  Her mother remarried and Cithara's step father began sexually abusing her.  Even though it was witnessed by her brother, her mother chose not to believe her, but sent her to live with her father and her step mother, where things still didn't improve.

Cithara had access to one of our drop in centres and it was here she told a member of our staff what was happening and for the first time in her life she was listened to and believed.  She was refered to our shelter, where she is now at last safe.  With counselling and medical help, Cithara is slowing healing.  She is enjoying being back in school and is working hard to catch up wth what she has missed.

Without your support we wouldn't be able to continue to run this shelter, so on behalf of the girls a big thank you.

 

With Best Wishes

The Kidasha Team

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 Since 2007, Kidasha has been working in partnership with Shakti Samuha to provide an emergency shelter and recovery/rehabilitation services for girl victims of sexual abuse and exploitation in Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city. Shakti Samuha is a national survivor-led organisation working for the rights of trafficking survivors in ten districts of Nepal. The shelter was established specifically for children and was the first shelter of its kind where girls who are victims of sexual abuse or exploitation are admitted immediately for their protection if they meet two basic criteria:

(1) are under the age of 18

(2) are a victim of sexual abuse or exploitation or are at imminent risk of such, for example, a girl sleeping alone on the street.

It therefore offers immediate protection for these girls i.e. once a girl has been identified, she can be accommodated in the shelter within the hour, with official paperwork being completed once she is safe. It is the only facility in Pokhara which offers this service and to date no girl has been turned away. The project places a strong emphasis on de-institutionalisation, with priority on family or independent reintegration (according to age).

Since it was first established, the shelter has provided life-saving support to over 500 girls and has successfully reintegrated the majority back with their families or into independent living. It also works closely with the local community and government agencies to bring a large number of perpetrators to account.The benefit obviously goes much further as for every prosecution this can stop someone abusing another girl and also can prevent others abusing girls.

Without your support we wouldn't be able to continue to run this shelter, so on behalf of the girls a big thank you.

Best wishes

The Kidasha Team

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A girl being allowed to enjoy her childhood

Thank you for donating to GlobalGiving Little by Little Campaign supporting our Escaping Abuse in Nepal project.  We would like to share  with you a case study about a particular girl called Shanti (not her real name), who has had her life turned around by our shelter.

Shanti who is 15 years old has been living with us for the last 7 months.  At the age of 7 years old she was already working in Kathmandu as a domestic worker. There, she met a woman who promised her a better life in Pokhara, so Shanti ran away to go and work for her.  However, in this new house in Pokhara, the husband  sexually abused Shanti constantly. Although Shanti did tell her employer, she wasn't believed and the situation was totally ignored, which is often the case in Nepal.

Her employer did give Shanti a couple of hours off each day to attend classes Kidasha run for employed children to give them the basic skills in reading, writing and maths. Shanti was afraid to tell her teachers but luckily told her friend, who alerted the teacher to the situation.  Shanti was immediately rescued and brought to our Girls shelter.  At the centre, with help and counselling Shanti is beginning to enjoy being a teenager and she is currently undertaking a three month training course to become a tailor.  When she is ready, she will be given support to live independently with other girls from the centre. Justice has been done and the perpetrator is now in prison.

Thank you so much for your support without which we could never have achieved what we have.  By donating further you can help us rescue more girls. Globalgiving are currently running a 50% matched funding programme - if you would like to donate further, please go to:
https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/protecting-children-after-the-nepal-earthquake/

 

Best wishes

The Kidasha Team

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