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.
This rainy season has again been a very destructive one and many people in the Terai region lost their houses and some even their lives. Because of lack of infrastructure during that time it is very difficult to start any new work. But we are doing our best. We have now signed the MOU with the local government in Birgunj and we will be starting our official child helpline shortly. We have applied for the toll free number that children or any member of the public can call us on - these applications take some time and require quite a bit of paperwork from the government. But we think it should be sorted soon. For the time being we are using just a normal local number.
We are moving to a larger building in the next few days - the government has supplied us with more furniture and equipment. The new home will have capacity for 20 children to stay at night and many more can come during the day and enjoy nutritious food, classes and games.
The child helpline will cover all districts in the Province so we will be able to help a lot of children that need assistance. The local government want to make Province 2 street children free so they are wonderful at supporting our work.
We have a fantastic volunteer arriving in Birgunj in a week's time so she will assist the staff and children in decorating the new building and making it as child friendly as possible. The boys also want to help so we can't wait to see more of their artistic efforts on the walls!
We will update with the photos of the new home in our next report.
With our Day Care Centre in Birgunj running very well now, we are able to assist more and more street children every day. Now, we have finally signed an MOU with the government to run a child helpline in Birgunj. The helpline will cover other districts in Province 2 as well so we should be able to help even more children living on the streets.
About a week ago, a terrible storm caused many deaths and injuries in southern Nepal, and in some villages around 80% of houses got destroyed. Luckily our children are safe and we experienced just some small damage to the building. We were participating in the rescue operations in the district and trying to help any children needing emergency assistance. So our day care centre became very useful during that time.
On the 12th April we will be celebrating the International Day for Street Children. Our team are organising an art competition for the street children we are assisting and also for other children's homes in the area. In the next report we will post the best art produced by the children. We can't wait!
Thank you so much for all your support. Thanks to that we are able to help more and more street children every day.
We have finally got the full approval to run a children's home in Janakpur. It appeared now that we need to get one more approval and we are working on that now. It should all be final in the next week or two (unless the government introduces new changes again).
The Day Care Centre in Birgunj is going well now and forms a part of the whole street children project that will also include the home for children in Janakpur.
Our staff talk to a number of street children every morning and with time we are managing to build more trust with them. About 10 children are attending the centre itself on a daily basis and are staying there over night. We have also already linked 3 children back with their families which is never easy but the main aim of the project. We are in touch with the families and making sure the children go to school and do not end up on the street again. The ones that cannot be linked with the families will attend a local school and with time they will join our permanent children's home.
At the moment we have a Child Helpline number and will be getting a toll free number shortly from the local authorities so we will be able to reach even more children.
If you'd like to support our children this winter, please donate to this project. Also, if anyone would like to share their skills with the boys and spend some time in Nepal or help us from the comfort of your home, please email us. We are always keen to welcome new volunteers to our team.
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