Safe to Grow, Protecting Nepali Children after EQ

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Safe to Grow, Protecting Nepali Children after EQ
Safe to Grow, Protecting Nepali Children after EQ
Safe to Grow, Protecting Nepali Children after EQ
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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It is now over three years since the devastating  earthquake  in Nepal which destroyed over 800,000 homes and affected around 8 million people. As well as destroying homes, it destroyed land, livelihoods and people’s way of life. In one of the world's poorest countries, in which inequality and extreme poverty were already huge problems, the earthquake disproportionately affected those already suffering. Unable to wait for support, many of the poorest were forced to leave their villages and head for cities like Pokhara to survive. However, no longer being in the areas directly impacted by the earthquake, these children and families were overlooked by the majority of other disaster responses. 

After the earthquake, we focused our response on an area in which we have the most experience and resources - helping children and families living in extreme urban poverty in Pokhara. Over the last three years, we have helped almost 1,000 earthquake affected children and their families who were forced to migrate to the city, the majority settling in slum areas. We helped them setup homes, supported them to access local services, and made sure their children could enrol in local schools. We rescued and rehabilitated girls who were victims of trafficking. We removed children from abusive and exploitative working conditions and reintegrated children with their families and back into mainstream education. For older adolescents, we worked with local employers to improve working conditions and provided skills training, business training and access to apprenticeships to prevent their exploitation.

We have integrated support for earthquake victims into our core programme in Pokhara and now almost 1 in 3 of the working and at risk children that we support have been affected by the earthquake in some capacity.

Thank you for your kind and generous support.

The Kidasha Team

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Thank you for supporting our Safe to Grow Project

It is estimated  that since the devastating earthquake, 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.

It is now almost three years since the earthquake, but there is still a lot to do.  So on behalf of the children we work with - A big thank you.

Best wishes

The Kidasha Team

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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. Sujan came to Pokhara in search of work after the earthquake.

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 and generosity, we can help more children like Sujan.

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

Best wishes for 2018.

The Kidasha Team

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Children at the shelter
Children at the shelter

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.

Many thanks


The Kidasha Team

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