It is now over 4 years since the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015. The knock on effect can still be clearly seen in Pokhara, with more and more families moving to the city in search of work. However, we feel it is now impossible to say if this is as a direct response to the earthquake or actually just a general migration to the city. As a result we feel that we can't keep raising money for a restricted fund for helping children post earthquake and have decided to close this project.
Our work at Kidasha is all about transforming the lives of the children we work with. I would like to share with you one last 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.
None of this would have been possible without generous people such as yourselves and GlobalGiving. If you would like to continue supporting us through GlobalGiving please look at our project called Protect and inspire Street Children in Nepal by clicking the link below.
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 whose lives became even more difficult after the earthquake. 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.
I would like to share with you the success of one of our boys who we have been working with since the earthquake. Our work isn't a quick fix and there are many challenges which have to be overcome. Here is a shining example of the work our partners are doing in turning around the lives of the most vunerable children in Nepal.
Nabin (not his real name) is now 17 years old and has been on and off the street for a number of years. Two years ago, he was motivated by Kidasha outreach workers to leave the street and join the Rehabilitation Centre. Initially leaving street life was difficult for Nabin and he ran away back to the street, his street gang and substance abuse a number of times. With the support of his social worker, Nabin was able to realize the impact this was having on his life and to learn to develop better coping strategies. After six months he moved into the Midway Home and started attending school again.
Over the next year Nabin progressed well in school, made new friends and started to increase contact with his family, progressively spending weekends staying with his father. His confidence grew and he became better at dealing with challenges he faced in his daily life – no longer resorting to escaping to the street or drugs. In the school holidays Nabin would work in a metal workshop earning and saving money. Six months ago, Nabin made the decision to start living with his father again. Supported by Kidasha’s social worker, both father and son have learnt to adapt their behaviours and live together positively. Nabin paid for his school fees himself this year and he is studying hard and aims to graduate from high school in the next two years.
“I really liked the midway home and the way it worked. The rules had the right balance and we were encouraged to go out to school, training or work. It’s from there I learnt to quit bad habits myself, not because I was forced to. I feel a much stronger person now.”
None of this would have been possible without your generous support. Sadly there are many more children like Nabin in Nepal who need our help. If you were able to give another donation, we would be able to change more lives for the better in Nepal.
It is nearly 4 years since the devastating earthquake hit Nepal, the world has moved on. However, for Nepal, things will never be the same again and the children who we are working with are still deeply traumatized by the event.
Hari (not his real name) is now 16 years old and studied until grade 5 in school in the Dhading district, which was one of the areas mosted devasted by earthquake. Hari's house was destroyed and their land became unsuitable for farming. His parents managed to find work as daily labourers but they just couldn't earn enough to feed their family. So, Hari moved to Pokhara in search of work.
Hari found a job in a car wash garage, where his working and living conditions were appalling and his health started to suffer. He was given one meal a day and a place to sleep but was not paid. One of our social workers found him and started working with Hari's employer to provide him with a clean and safe place to sleep and two meals a day. Hari was keen to resume his studies but it was not possible for him to study in a regular school, so he joined one of our functional learning courses, where he studied hard and was a key member of the group. These courses take place outside the working day either in the early morning or the evening in a convenient place for the students to get to.
Hari is now a full-time employee at the garage, living in better conditions and most importantly is now earning, which has enabled him to send some money home. He says that the functional learning course has developed his confidence and now has a hope for better future.
Thank you for support which has enabled us to turn Hari's life around.
Even though the devastating earthquake in Nepal was three years ago, many of the 8 million people it affected are still suffering from the aftermath. I would like to share with you the story of a young boy, who came to Pokhara after the earthquake and whose 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.
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