The devastating Nepal earthquake in 2015 destroyed families and livelihoods, and pushed one million into extreme poverty. While many are able to recover, thousands of children have migrated to cities, forced to live and work on the street. Without the support of their families, they are extremely vulnerable and exposed to trafficking and exploitation. Kidasha is directly supporting children in crisis: street & working children, victims of abuse and children living in urban slums.
Since the earthquake, the number of urban poor has increased. Children and adolescents living outside of family care or in extreme urban poverty are vulnerable to poor health and emotional wellbeing, abuse and exploitation and low learning and employability due to their environmental and social situations. This is exacerbated by lack of reliable information and appropriate health, education and protection services - issues that if not addressed create long term harm and extend the poverty cycle.
Increase their aspirations, resilience & ability to thrive, grow & to ultimately rebuild their lives within society. We facilitate pathways to learning & livelihood opportunities through alternative or mainstream education, on the job training, business start-up support or full time employment. They have access to counselling, medical treatment & legal support. Each child is supported on their individual journey to rebuild their lives either back with the family, in our shelter or independently.
It will directly benefit 2,500 children & adolescents who migrated from areas effected by the earthquake, in particular street-involved children, working children, child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation and those in extreme urban poverty. Since the programme has strong emphasis on improving local government structures and services, it will indirectly benefit a further 23,500 children with more responsive health services and 120,000 children with improved protection service