There are over 250 street-connected children in Pokhara. These children are part of wider population of thousands of children, victims of chronic endemic poverty, family conflict and separation, domestic violence, and abuse, for whom the street is a temporary or longer-term means of survival or escape. These children, crippled by negative experiences, a lack of opportunities and the social stigma attached to the 'street child' identity, find it tough to move on from the streets.
The centre provides temporary shelter, food and healthcare together with a mixture of counselling coaching and life skills training to improve children's wellbeing. It also facilitates pathways to learning and livelihood opportunities through alternative or mainstream education, on the job training, business start-up support or full time employment. The aim being to increase children's resilience, aspiration and ability to thrive and grow and ultimately rebuild their lives within society.
Each year the project will help 200 children like Arjun, who from 8 yrs old lived on the street in Pokhara, where he was abused, sniffed glue to stave off hunger & stole food just to survive. He came to our centre 2 years ago where he had access to healthcare, education, food, a safe place to sleep and extensive personal guidance & counselling. Without this support, he says that he would be dead or in jail. Now 15 yrs old, he is an apprentice welder and has gone back to live with his family.