At kidasha, we continue to focus on protecting the most vulnerable Nepali children from absue and exploitation and we provide these excluded children with opportunities to help their personal development.
We are currently working with Sanjay (not his real name) at our shelter, who is only 11 years and has already been living on the street for two years. Sanjay's mother left the family, when he was very young and his father remarried. Their village was destroyed by the earthquake and his parents tried to find work with the construction industry in the rebuilding programme. However, they weren't paid for their work and so fell on hard times. They moved onto to work as farm labourers, but again this wasn't well paid. Their relationship was difficult and became violent, and as a result the children suffered and were ignored. It was at this point that Sanjay, aged only 9 years, ran away and started living on the street in Pokhara.
Sanjay has been with us for 4 months and is slowly getting his life together with a regular routine. He is no longer sniffing glue and his attendance at school is becoming much better.
With your generous support, we will hopefully be able to help more children like Sanjay.
We would like to share with you the success of one of our boys from the street shelter. Sabin (not his real name) is currently 11 years old and has been living in our centre for the last eight months. We found Sabin on the streets of Pokhara, where he had been living for over 6 months.
His father left before he was born and his step-father was unwilling to care for him, so he was sent by his mum to a relative in the city. This ‘aunt’ used to beat him most days and Sabin ended up staying on the street.
We encouraged Sabin to attend our non-formal education classes, which have been especially formulated to get kids back into main stream education. Sabin then started to stay in the centre and was able to join the local government school midway through the academic year. He has just completed his end of year exams and we are delighted to report he has been attending regularly and came first in his class. This is an amazing achievement, considering 8 months ago he was sniffing glue to stave off hunger and living rough on the street.
Our next aim is to reintegrate Sabin back with his family. This process has begun and Sabin has made a couple of visits with the support from our staff. This photo shows him with his mother, step-father and younger brother on one of these visits.
Thank you so much for your support, without which we could never have achieved what we have.
Due to new government legislation in Nepal, our drop in night shelter for street connected children has had to be changed slightly. We have reopened our centre in a new location in Pokhara and have made it more of an assesment unit, which will mean we will be able to reach out and help even more vulnerable street children.
After a thorough medical and well being examination, the children will be offered various treatments to help them reintegrate back into society. This includes counselling and life skills through alternative or mainstream education and help in finding them a job. Our first priority is to reintegrate them back with their extended family. However, where it is not possible or safe to send them home, we offer accommodation in small family style homes.
The aim of this centre is still the same; to increase the children's resilience, aspiration and ability to thrive and grow and rebuild their lives within society.
Please do watch the short video where Arjun, currently 15 years old, is featured having turned his life around after 7 years living on the street. He is now training as an apprentice metal worker.
Thank you for your continued support and helping us to change the lives of more children like Arjun.
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