Alisha, 14 years old girl, lives in western Nepal. She comes from a disintegrated family where she noticed parent's conflict, father into drugs and mother being alcoholic. This is how Alish was raised in family. Both her parents gone into bad relationship with others.
This was a big trauma for Alilsha and soon at her teenage she started dating with boyfriend. On August 2020, her boyfriend deceived her. He promised of marrying her and both of them left the town and came to Kathmandu, some 250 kms away from her hometown. They lived for few days in a hotel where Alisha was sexually and physically abused. She managed to flee her boyfriend and was rescued by police and referred to Bethany's transit home.
While staying in transit home, Alisha received couselling and traruma care. Our social workers helped her get out of the trauma. At the end of three months, Alisha recovered from the trauma and was ready to live a healthy life. But going back to her parents was a challenge becuase of the desruptive family situaiton. We spoke to her garndmother, who was a gently old lady and was eager to keep Alisha with her. Finally Alisha was restored with her grandmother. Our social workers are working hard to provide counselling and support to Alsha as she lives with her grandmother.
In the last quarter, we were able to resuce 12 children, 8 of who are restored into family or relatives.
Bevin's project is based on family care and children should be raised in families; biological families if this is not possible then kinship or other legal forms of family based care. Since March 2020, we have rescued 8 children and restored 2 into families. We have had remote follow ups for most of our family restored children due to Covid. We organized skills training, prevention measures from Covid during the lock down. We also organized online chats for families and children, those with internet access, to practise preventive measures aginst abuse in families.
In this quarter, 3 siblings, all girls, 5, 6 and 13 years respectively were rescued by police. Their father is imprisoned for accusation of murdering the wife. The three girls became parentless and there were nobody to accompany them. So they were rescued by police and sent to our shelter home for anti trauma counselling and possibility of family restoration. A family assessment was preformed and it is hard to track the existance of any relatives. The children are still in our care. They received trauma healing sessions and home schooling in our shelter. We are looking for possibility of their family based reintegration.
children learning skill during lockdown in shelter
Tina (name changed) is a 10 years old girl from a remote village in Nepal. After the death of her father, her mother was unable to feed, educate and meed her needs. So she was sent to Kathmandu (some 300 kms away from her home town) to work in house. There were some hopes of education and helping this family in the city. However, Tina had to suffer physical abuse, work late, etc. She was even not allowed to meet or speak to her family.
One day when the neighbour reported Tina's case to the police, she was rescued. When Tina came to our shelter she was heavily traumatized. She received counseling. With our support now Tina is able to live with her mother. She goes to school and looks very happy.
Tina is one of thousands of Nepali girls trafficked into labor, domestic work, brothers, sexual exploitation etc. Families are easily belives traffickers due to extreme poverty and difficulties. They think that their daughters will get better food and education in cities. But there is a dark part of family separation. This quarter we were able to help 18 children reunite back into their families.
Every child deserves a family and their right to live into the family or family like environment should be ensured. Bethany Vision Nepal has been working to resotre rescued children from situations of family separation including children homes, trafficking and exploitation. Since September 2019, we have restored 28 family separated children into families (biological families, kinship and extended families). 78.5% restoration took place in biological families, 11% into kinship and 10.5 into exptended families.
Back with Siblings
Christina one of the family restotred girl is now living with her siblings. Her father lived abroad, mother prisioned for polygamy and the child was rescued from difficult situation. She was abused and not sent to school by her mother. But after restoration with grandparents, Christina is living with her siblings. She studies in grade 7 and is regular in school.
Since June 2019, we were able to help 24 girl children rescued victims of trafficking. They were served with food, accomodation, health care, informal education, counselling and life skill trainings whild they stay in the transit shelter. Out of 24 resuced children, 15 were restored. Restoration takes place either in their bilogical family, close relatives, foster families or organizations providing family like care, however, the best interest of the child and family's situation is taken care of. Once the child in registered into our care, their vulnerability situation is assessed before restoraiton. 67% children were restored into biological families with education support for 3 children.
Our social work travel to children's family during the assessment process. This will help us to identify the vulnerability situation of both family and the child. Based on the report, social worker will decide if the family is in proport situaion ot take care of the child. Some poor families, will need support to send children to school or their nutrition and medical needs.
Sushmita, 5 years old girl, was resuced from an orphanage. She was referred into our transit shelter by rescue agency (police). In the orphanage, she was not fed propoerly and did not get even the most basic necessities of healthcare and education. During the family assessment process, her mother (Kamala), who abandoned her in street, was identified. It was found that she was drunkard and does not fit to take care of the children. So, Sushmita was referred to a foster family in Kathmandu. Now Sushmita goes to school, and has a good care from her new family. She is a fun loving girl.
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