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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

I would like to thank you for your support and share with you the story of a young boy, who's life has been transformed by the work we are doing in Nepal.

Sandesh who is 14 years old wrote the following:

'I was all alone, my mum died and my dad was always drunk and didn’t want to look after me. On the streets I joined a gang, they helped me survive. But it was very hard – we had to steal and sometimes older kids and grown-ups treated me badly and would hurt me.

Things got better when I met Sunita [a Kidasha outreach worker]. She was kind to me and made me feel safe. Over time she persuaded me to go to their centre. Here I have somewhere to sleep, I eat good food and people look after me. They are helping me get better – when I was hungry and cold I used to sniff glue which made things feel better, but now I’ve have stopped. I am learning to cook and care for myself and I now go to school.

I used to think I would die on the streets but now I am hopeful. I’ve started visiting my dad and step-mother at the weekend. I plan to study hard and my ambition is to join the army'

Without the support of generous donors like yourself, we could never have achieved what we have in Nepal.  However, sadly there are many more children like Sandesh currently living on the streets.  It would be fantastic if this Christmas you were able to make another donation in order for us to reach more children.

Happy Christmas

 

The Kidasha Team

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I would like to share with you some of achievements in the last year, which without your support, we would have never been able to achieve.

Our core child protection services including two shelters, one midway home and seven drop-in centres in Pokhara and Butwal, supported over 3,000 working, street-involved or at-risk children, including 80 girl victims of sexual abuse and exploitation

We developed and launched a new Life Skills & Life Awareness course with the aim of improving life skills, sexual & reproductive health and emotional wellbeing among vulnerable adolescents living in urban slums. The course is delivered via outreach to community peer groups and more recently is being delivered in government schools in slum areas. Feedback has been extremely positive with plans to expand into more schools in the coming year.

By working directly in workplaces and with employer, we helped to improve working conditions and protect working children and adolescents from abuse and exploitation. In fact, this work over the last five years has helped reduce the number of child labourers under 14 years of age by 73%.

We revised our approach for working with street children to align with new government legislation and we established a new rehabilitation centre and midway home, thereby increasing our investment in helping children to move on from street and working situations. From this we helped 300 children to return to their families or independently in society

We supported over 650 of the poorest children into mainstream education by providing books uniforms, exam fees and by working intensively with parents to encourage them to actively support their children’s education, especially ensuring regular attendance. 

We enabled 560 children and young people for whom due to their situations, attending mainstream education was not a realistic proposition, to participate in alternative learning opportunities either in our drop-in centres or in their workplaces. Within this our new Functional Learning curriculum has delivered some impressive results including an average 53% improvement in participants’ reading, writing and arithmetic skills.

We provided 335 children with on-the-job training, vocational training, business training or job facilitation.

We obviously need ongoing support and so if you can, we would be extremely grateful if you could continue to support our work by generously giving again.

Many thanks

 

The Kidasha Team

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Dear Supporter

Driven from home by family breakdown, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, conflict, natural disaster or simply poverty, many Nepali children end up on the streets, scavenging, begging and selling themselves to survive.  We provide these children with safe shelter, counselling and advice to deal with their trauma and help them to return to school and a more normal childhood.  We also work to improve the situations of families in crisis to prevent children being forced onto the streets.

Over the last year we have continued  to reduce the abuse and exploitation of neglected and vulnerable children and have helped them move out of crisis situations in Pokhara.  Our core child protection services have worked with 3236  at risk children.  We have worked directly in the workplaces and with employers to help improve working conditions for these extremely vulnerable children.  In Pokhara our work over the last five years has helped reduced the number of child labourers under the age of 14 years of age by 73%.

Without your support, we could never have achieved what with have.  However, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done, so please do give generously so we can reach more vulnerable children.

Thank you.

 

The Kidasha Family

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Thank you for supporting our Protect and Inspire Street Children in Nepal.

It is estimated  that there are around 5000 children living on the streets in Nepal.  Almost two thirds of these children will have been spending time living on the streets since the age of ten, or younger. Street children will most likely have been pushed out of their homes by violence, parental poverty or family breakdown.

On the street, these children face further abuse, including from tourists and the police. Despite being victims of circumstance and existing in the worst conditions, street children are treated as less than human and are often spat on, beaten, and called derogatory names.

Four in five of these children will turn to solvent abuse as a way to cope with the trauma of living on the street. They collect rubbish and rags, or beg, in order to earn money to survive. These children exist within a cycle of poverty and abuse – unable to get proper, paid work, they will continue to suffer from addiction, abuse and psychological trauma, and many will die young.

Here at Kidasha, we are working to break this cycle. Our work is not just about getting these children off the streets, but also facilitating their recovery, teaching them valuable skills, and preventing them from ever having to return to this way of life. We also work directly with families to put an end to the conditions which force children out of their homes and onto the streets.

Without your  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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Young child at work

I would like to share with you a story about Sujan (not his real name) who is just 14. He should be living with his family and spending his days at school. Instead, he’s forced to live alone, miles from his loved ones, and work 12 hour days doing manual labour for meagre pay.

In Nepal, the one ticket to a brighter future is education, but Sujan is trapped in a cycle of labour and poverty, unable to even write his own name. This is the reality for countless children in Nepal. Forced out of school and into work in order to support their families, they are vulnerable to harrowing levels of abuse and deprivation. Across Nepal, 1 in 4 of the poorest children are not in school.

But there is hope for children like Sujan. Our Boosting Learning course, designed specifically for street or working children, focuses on improving basic literacy and numeracy, with practical applications which make a real difference to their daily lives. Those who take this course see a dramatic improvement in reading and comprehension skills, as well as marked changes in confidence and self-belief.

 After meeting Sujan, Kidasha was able to find a place for him on one of these courses. He said:

“I really enjoyed going to classes. The teacher taught us really well and I was able to learn practical things, like how to write a customer bill, fill in an application form, or do measurements. Before, I was embarrassed in work as I didn’t know how to do simple things, but now I can talk to customers and take on more responsibility.”

Sujan is now working towards a promotion in his job and is planning for his future with more hope and confidence. Just 40 hours of education has helped change the shape of what’s to come for him.

In 2018, we want to provide even more of Nepal’s children with the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty, but we need your donations. With your help, this Christmas, we can help more children like Sujan.

On behalf of everyone at Kidasha, thank you for any support you can give.

Best wishes

The Kidasha Team

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Location: London - United Kingdom
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