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Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal

by Kidasha
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Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal
Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal
Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal
Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal
Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal
Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal
Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal
Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal
Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal

As the whole world struggles with the pandemic, Nepal is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster and has been completely locked down since the March 25th.  Whilst the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nepal is still relatively low, the curve is now extremely steep, meaning there is little likelihood of lockdown restrictions being fully eased for some time. This means the pressure on the poorest children and families will continue unabated and based on past experience the number of children ending up on the street and outside of family care will increase. Hence the need for our services is more critical than ever.

Since the onset of the COVID pandemic and a severe government-imposed lockdown, the situation for the poorest children and families has considerably worsened. For those living in slums, where extended families live together in small single rooms with no running water, social distancing and handwashing are almost impossible. Furthermore, severe hunger, overcrowded conditions and mounting anxiety within families is a toxic mix that sadly puts children at greater risk of neglect and harm. Also, the majority live hand to mouth surviving on day rate labour or on remittances sent by family members working abroad both of which have now dried up. Whilst the government is providing some support, it is not always reaching those most in need, leaving many at risk of starvation.

There is already mounting evidence of increases in forced child marriage, domestic violence, maternal mortality and suicide as the poorest families struggle to cope. Issues that in ‘normal’ times often cause families to breakdown, leaving children to fend for themselves in abusive labour situations or the street, and that creates even greater risk in the current context. The threat to children’s wellbeing when they are on the street and outside of family care is also exacerbated by the crisis, not only the obvious risk of infection but with tourism at a standstill and hotels, restaurants and bars closed, the usual earning/begging opportunities are scarce, with the resultant risk of severe hunger and other associated health problems.

Our dedicated staff and partners have spent the past couple of months rescuing the most at-risk children - those living on the streets, helping them return to their families or moving them to the safety of our rehabilitation shelter. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of these children had never taken the opportunity of support to move on from the street and as such this is their first step to rehabilitation. This means that staff, already working 12-hour days in extremely constrained circumstances, have the additional stress of managing some extremely challenging behaviours, fuelled by sudden withdrawal from substance abuse.

We would be so grateful if you could make a further donation to help our very necessary work reach as many extremely vulnerable children as possible.

Many thanks for your support

 

The Kidasha Team

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We can't thank you enough for your continued support and interest in our projects.  Through your help we have managed to change the lives of many street children in Pokhara.

One success story I would like to share is

Amar (not his real name) was only 10 years old when he first ended up on the street after his mother passed away and he was left in the care of his alcoholic father. On the street, Amar quickly got involved in solvent use and was also vulnerable to abuse from older children. It took our outreach workers over six months to persuade Amar to try to leave the street. After an initial period staying in our rehabilitation centre, Amar decided to try and live again with his father who had since remarried. Although social workers worked to counsel and support him, his father and step-mother, Amar was unable to adjust to living in the home due to his father’s erratic behaviour and returned to the rehabilitation centre. He started going to school again and was an active member of the Children’s Development Bank.

Last year his father disappeared leaving behind Amar’s step-brother. At this point his uncle decided to take care of Amar’s step-brother and Amar began to visit them regularly building a positive relationship. Three months ago, at the end of the school year Amar started to live with his uncle. He has adjusted well and is happy, attending the local school as well as joining the army cadets. Amar is extremely grateful for the support he has received to turn his life around.

I see my old friends still on the street, addicted to drugs and involved in crime and know that could have easily been me.”

We hope to reach more children like Amar and with your help we can.

Thank you again for your wonderful support.

 

The Kidasha Team

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Our work at Kidasha is all about transforming the lives of the children we work with.  I would like to share with you an update about one of our beneficiaries.

Amir was 12 years old when he first came to Pokhara from a remote and deprived rural district in the west of Nepal. His father had died leaving Amir as the eldest son with the responsibility to support his family – his mother and a younger brother and sister. As a result his Uncle brought him to the city in search of work.

Amir was identified six months ago by a Kidasha outreach worker during workplace assessments conducted in partnership with the city authorities. He is now 14 years old and is a welder in a garage. Although, he doesn’t like his job, he has little option as he has to support his family and sends the £50 he earns each month home.

Our outreach work persuaded Amir to join one of functional learning classes near the garage where he was working. Amir had never been to school and it took a lot of persuasion to get him to join the class each morning.   When he started he lacked confidence and showed little interest in actively participating. However, over time as he has gradually started to learn, achieve more and he is beginning to enjoy the classes. Amir’s confidence and well being have increased significantly.  Amir wants to take every opportunity to learn and he has set himself a goal to open his own repair workshop within the next 10 years.

Without your wonderful generous support, we could never have achieved what we have in Nepal but sadly there are many more children, like Amir who we need to reach.  So, it would be fantastic if you would consider donating again to Kidasha this Christmas.

 

Many thanks


The Kidasha Team

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Dear Supporter

I would like to share with you a success story of one of our beneficiaries who I was fortunate enough to meet on a recent trip to Nepal.

Sanjay (not his real name) is now 24 years old and is a shining example of how our work can transform the lives of the some of the poorest children living in Pokhara.  Sanjay dropped out of school aged 10 years old and began working in the sand mines with his parents.  This type of work is back breaking and extremely tough seasonal work for very little money. Although Sanjay was under the legal age for work, his parents were unable to survive without his additional meager wages.

However he was one of the lucky and was picked up aged 14 by one of our social workers and with a little bit of persuasion started coming to one of our drop in centres.  Here, he attended one of our non formal education courses, where children come together and learn without the pressures of being in full time education. Sanjay regularly attended these classes and did well.  He then went on and with the support of Kidasha did a vocational course in hotel housekeeping.  After graduating from this course, he managed to get a job in Dubai working in a hotel.  Whilst he was abroad, he met a colleague and they decided that they would open a restaurant together back in Nepal, which is now a reality.

Amazingly, Sanjay has a third share in this restaurant and his dream of becoming a chef has been fulfilled.  He is now earning enough and is able to help support his parents. He is also paying for his sister to stay in school, as he now realizes the importance of a good education.

Sanjay is extremely grateful for the support that Kidasha has given him and how it has transformed his life.  In the next few months he is hoping to be able to take on a trainee from one of our projects in his kitchen, as he is keen to give something back.

On behalf of Sanjay and many other Nepali children, we would like to thank you for your invaluable support. None of this would have been possible without your generosity.

 

The Kidasha Team

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Thank you for your continued support and interest in our work in Nepal.  Over the last year we have achieved so much, however, none of it would have been possible without you. For example

  • We reached 5,124 of Nepal's most vulnerable and at-risk children
  • We extended our pioneering Life Skills Education programme to 16 government schools and reached 1,118 students 
  • We supported 938 working or at-risk children and 148 street-involved children through our core child protection services
  • Supported and changed the lives of 137 female victims of sexual abuse and exploitation
  • We lobbied the Gandaki Regional Automobile Workshop Association to amend bylaws barring employment of children under 14
  • We helped 882 of the poorest children to attend school by providing books, uniforms, and fees

We would like to share with you a success story of a young girl, whose life has been turned around. 14 year old Seema (not her real name) is from the east of Nepal. Seema's father was an alcoholic, who used to physically abuse her and her mother, so much so, her Mother and brother moved out.  Her father's behaviour got worse and he would often  beat and sexually abuse her, threatening that if she told anyone he would kill her. This continued until one day he sent her to work as a domestic worker in someone else’s home. Feeling safe in this new environment, Seema shared everything that had happened and her father was arrested and sentenced to prison.

Due to the stigma of the sexul abuse, Seema didn’t feel comfortable staying in the same town and so her employer arranged for her to move to Pokhara to a new workplace. In Pokhara, she was identified by Kidasha's outreach workers and has now started to regularly visit one of our Drop-In Centres where she receives counselling and Non-Formal Education. Seema has also made new friends in the centre – other girls working as domestic workers and is much happier. She has just completed three months of Non-Formal Education and her employer has agreed to support her back into school from this month, which is the start of the new academic year. Seema is determined to study hard to make a better future for herself and to help other children in similar situations.

Our work in Nepal is extremely important and with your kind and generous help, we can change the lives of many more vulnerable children.


Many thanks 

The Kidasha Team
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Kidasha

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Caroline Emlyn Jones
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