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“ChoraChori” is the Nepali word for “children”. It’s also the name of our UK registered charity that’s rescuing Nepal’s displaced and trafficked children from India. We are finding Nepal’s lost children and bringing them home!

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OUR VISION

We envision ChoraChori at the forefront of a national and international network that confronts violence against Nepalese children and addresses its consequences.

our-values

OUR VALUES

INDIVIDUAL

“He who saves one life saves the world”. We will launch a rescue mission to rescue even one child.

GRASSROOTS

We fight trafficking at the grassroots rather than through attending conferences and workshops

INTEGRITY

We have zero tolerance of corruption and will never pay money to secure a child’s freedom

FAMILY LIFE

We prioritise reuniting children with the families where they belong

RESPONSIBLE

We will support rescued children until they are safe and/or they can look after themselves

SELF EXPRESSION

We will ensure that children’s voices are heard and their talents nurtured

TRANSPARENCY

We offer financial and operational transparency and are always open to visits and inspections

THRIFT

We’ll make sure every penny counts

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OUR MISSION

ChoraChori rescues Nepali children from abusive situations in Nepal and India, manages their trauma and reintegrates them with their families and communities. Where this is not possible, we provide for children’s care, education and training until they can look after themselves as young adults. We bring child abusers to justice.

our-activities

OUR ACTIVITIES

FINDING LOST CHILDREN

We are proactive in finding displaced and trafficked Nepalese children in India and in identifying those who have trafficked or exploited the children.

CHILD RESCUE

We secure the release of innocent children who may be detained against their will in India. We free other children from abusive and exploitative situations in both India and Nepal.

REHABILITATION

At our transit refuge and child trauma management centre in Kathmandu we treat medical problems and provide psychosocial support to those whom we rescue. Mental health issues are the greatest challenge of all.

REINTEGRATION

Our main priority is to reunite children with their families and communities. This involves a great deal of field work in tracing families and in carrying out the necessary follow up visits to support the children and ensure successful reintegration.

LONG TERM CARE

If it is not possible to reunite children with families then we provide long term residential care at our Kathmandu refuge. This includes the education and training that will lead to self-sufficient adult life.

PROSECUTION OF OFFENDERS

Through our network we will ensure that adults cannot abuse and exploit Nepali children with impunity.

EDUCATION PROGRAMME

We support the poorest children from the local community through both capital and revenue projects at government primary and secondary schools. We may also support individual children on a case by case basis.

CAPACITY BUILDING

We assist our Nepal partner, ChoraChori-Nepal, to become more effective and sustainable through volunteer consultancy support. This includes through developing a local income stream to reduce reliance on overseas funding.

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HOW WE OPERATE

ChoraChori in UK raises the funds and provides the expertise needed to allow ChoraChori-Nepal (CC-N) to achieve its goals and build its capacity towards becoming a self-sufficient social welfare organisation. We keep the UK administrative costs to an absolute minimum with just a CEO who works from home, supported by Trustees and other volunteers. CC-N has a small core staff at its Head Office in Kathmandu, supporting its field staff, child rescue teams and refuge/rehabilitation operation.

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OUR GOALS FOR 2019

KATHMANDU REFUGE

Convert our “Kathmandu refuge” into a girls-only facility offering immediate residential care and protection to child rape survivors, trauma management and in-house vocational training

BOYS HOSTEL

Establish a boys’ hostel in Kathmandu to provide transit refuge and rehabilitation services to children repatriated from India

RESIDENTIAL

Establish a residential unit in Kathmandu that can offer medium to long term care to rescued children who have no homes to return to and pending finding better definitive alternative care (e.g. fostering)

FIELD OFFICE

Open a field office and girls hostel in Jhapa District that can provide legal and support services in the District with the highest rates of sexual assault, child rape and girl suicide in Nepal

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT

In April, launch an educational support programme benefiting schoolchildren, mainly girls, in Lalitpur and Kavre Districts

TRAINING PROJECT

In October, launch a major new vocational training project “Empowering Girls in Nepal” in conjunction with the Soroptimist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland

BUILDING WORKS

Retrofit Kitini College to make it resistant to future earthquakes

NEPAL

Continue to build the capacity of ChoraChori-Nepal to manage its own affairs

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OUR PROJECTS

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OUR WORK TO DATE

working in partnership with ChoraChori-Nepal we have;

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Since August 2015 we have rescued 141 Nepali children from India, reuniting all but 9 of them with their families. We have raised awareness of the plight of Nepal’s lost children through the media.

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We helped 115 children by rebuilding three primary schools that were destroyed in the 2015 earthquakes. We have funded science laboratories and a new computer suite at the state secondary school that is attended by 1700 students.

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We have established a 12 bed residential child trauma management centre in Kathmandu, supported by a boys’ and a girls’ refuge on the same site. Each of these has a 30 bed capacity.

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We have funded the higher secondary education of 16 vulnerable girls from Tipling in Dhading District. While staying at our Kathmandu facility we have trained them to produce crafts that have sold internationally.

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Following the floods of August 2017 we provided emergency food relief to 96 families followed by materials for rebuilding to 14 families in south Nepal.

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In 2017 we assisted with training support to two young Nepalese circus professionals – both trafficking survivors – before their show went on tour to Norway and UK. Their show was seen by audiences totalling 2,212.

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THE CHORACHORI TEAM

Clotilde Hunter

Clotilde Hunter

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Julie Graham

Julie Graham

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Brian Muirhead

Brian Muirhead

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Helen Buckworth

Helen Buckworth

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Rory Buckworth

Rory Buckworth

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Philip Hunter

Philip Hunter

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Lt Col (retd) Philip Holmes

Lt Col (retd) Philip Holmes

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Beverley Holmes

Beverley Holmes

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Clotilde Hunter

Clotilde Hunter

Chairman

Clotilde grew up and trained as an Occupational Therapist in France. She moved to the UK in 1998 and, after meeting her British husband, the UK became her second homeland. In 2009 they decided to adopt Nepal as their third homeland, meeting Beverley and Philip Holmes in Kathmandu. Since then the life of destitute children and young women in Nepal has been close to her heart and she has fundraised for Nepal children’s charities. In 2018 Clotilde became a qualified craniosacral therapist, sharing child management techniques that she learned during a visit to ChoraChori-Nepal’s facility in early 2018.

Julie Graham

Julie Graham

Trustee

Julie is a graduate in social work from Queen’s University Belfast, who is currently working within the education welfare sector in Northern Ireland. She has volunteered twice in Nepal, on both occasions working with deprived and marginalised children at Bhairahawa on the Indian border. During that time she saw the best and worst of the country, the latter including gender and caste discrimination and grinding poverty. Notwithstanding that, she developed a profound respect and love for Nepal’s resilient people and its children.

Brian Muirhead

Brian Muirhead

Trustee

Brian is a graduate lawyer and chartered accountant with a long career in finance, consulting and private equity. Having visited Nepal several times for trekking he has been an enthusiastic supporter of several Nepali charities. He spends his time now working with and investing in start-up businesses and enjoying travel and the arts. He is also a Trustee of Longborough Festival Opera.

Helen Buckworth

Helen Buckworth

Trustee

Helen is a qualified solicitor who worked in the City of London and Hong Kong before leaving work to concentrate on her family. She has travelled widely and was introduced to ChoraChori by her son Rory who, together with two friends, cycled from Shanghai to Kathmandu in 2016 raising funds for ChoraChori’s new Trauma Management Centre in Godavari. Helen deals with all legacy enquiries to the charity.

Rory Buckworth

Rory Buckworth

Trustee

Rory, who is Helen’s son, is a graduate in philosophy and a senior business development executive with recruitment start-up Tempo. He first became involved with ChoraChori in 2016 when with two others (including Philip Hunter) organised a sponsored cycle ride from Shanghai to Kathmandu. This raised £56,000 for the construction of CC-N’s child trauma management centre.

Philip Hunter

Philip Hunter

Trustee

Philip is a graduate in mechanical engineering. He is employed as a corporate fundraiser with St Mungo’s, the homelessness charity. He will be supporting the CEO in applications to the corporate sector.

Lt Col (retd) Philip Holmes

Lt Col (retd) Philip Holmes

Co-Founder

Philip is the Chief Executive and co-Founder of ChoraChori. He has been working in the charitable sector since 1999, having founded children’s charity The Esther Benjamins Trust (EBT) in that year followed by ChoraChori in January 2015, both charities working for Nepalese children. Between 2004 and 2012 he lived in Nepal where he gained a wealth of operational experience while the team that he led shut down a specific child trafficking route between Nepal and India – an unprecedented result in that part of south Asia.

Beverley Holmes

Beverley Holmes

Co-Founder

Bev works for two days per week as Chief Operating Officer. She co-founded ChoraChori with Philip. Her previous employment was as Deputy Director with The Esther Benjamins Trust between 2002 and 2006 when she dropped out of employment to bring up her children. Prior to that she was a TV producer for 20 years.

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AMBASSADORS

Amrita Acharia

Nepalese-Ukrainian actress Amrita Acharia has starred in HBO’s “Game of Thrones“, ITV’s “Good Karma Hospital“, “Acquitted“ (Norway) and the forthcoming animation “The Missing Link“ (Laika). She visited the project in 2019 and now supports the charity through fundraising and communications, including film direction.

Zack Feather

After attending Leeds University and then moving to London, Zack set up one of the fastest growing healthcare companies in the UK. He now spends his time working with and investing in companies. He visited Nepal incognito in 2015 as an “Undercover Angel” from the National Geographic TV series of the same name. Zack went on to fund the setup costs of our first boys’ refuge and the rebuilding of a school that was destroyed in the earthquake. He continues to support ChoraChori through acting as a mentor to the Chief Executive.

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Help! I being as creative as possible in trying to reach the first stepping stone in our Big Give Christmas Appeal - I have just 15 days to find £5,700 in pledges (minimum pledge £100, nothing ... See more

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Help raise £1000 to ‘Chora Chori’ - a UK based charity which aims to confront violence and abuse against displaced and trafficked Nepali children.

Good luck to Niten, Deevas and Anish in their challenge at the end of the month! https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/nitendra-gurung

Weʼre raising money to ‘Chora Chori’ - a UK based charity which aims to confront violence and abuse against displaced and trafficked Nepali children.. Support this JustGiving Crowdfunding Page.

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The Big Give

Who wants to think about Christmas in mid-August? Sadly, I have to. This is the time when I collect pledges towards creating a pot of money that can be used to match online donations during The Big ... See more

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3 weeks ago
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A big step forward for Tara - and her friend!

A pretty uninspiring picture from here in Nepal? Maybe not. The young woman on the left, Tara, is deaf. She is explaining to the ChoraChori vocational trainer, Lily, how much she is looking forward ... See more

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Homespun entertainment at the ChoraChori Children's Refuge and Rehabilitation Centre (CRRC) in Kathmandu

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'Nursery rape' of toddler leaves Myanmar reeling

Sadly, just like Nepal - a surge in sexual assaults, a high proportion of these against children, stigma, victims urged to marry attackers, bribery, intimidation, police ... See more

The country is demanding Justice for Victoria, but many question whether it will be achieved.

3 weeks ago
Nirmal Purja MBE: "Project Possible - 14/7"

Congratulations to ChoraChori Ambassador Nims Dai on summiting K2 during #ProjectPossible. Amazing!

. Fixing team lead by @nimsdai successfully stood on the summit of #K2 few moments ago, being the first to summit the deadly mountain K2 this season, while opening the route to the summit.
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4 weeks ago

Final words on "As a Tiger in the Jungle": https://www.chorachori.org.uk/circus/

1 month ago

Here are the details of next year's ChoraChori trek to Everest Base Camp with the opportunity to take part in the Everest Marathon - and see our project work for yourself. Unmissable! ... See more

1 month ago

A new vocational training opportunity at ChoraChori! https://www.chorachori.org.uk/jewellery/

1 month ago

ChoraChori trains its own social worker: https://www.chorachori.org.uk/social-worker/

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Today's Kathmandu Post

A lack of "gender sensitivity" and training - I also despair at the lack of humanity or empathy. Great work from ChoraChori once again: ... See more

1 month ago
For rape survivors in Nepal, police is not always their friend

A lack of "gender sensitivity" and training - I also despair at the lack of humanity or empathy. Great work from ChoraChori once again: ... See more

The country’s police force is heavily male and woefully undertrained when it comes to dealing with survivors of sexual violence.

1 month ago
Floods, landslides after monsoon rain kill dozens in Nepal

At yesterday's ChoraChori Trustees' meeting we reviewed our business plan, noting the excellent progress that is being made across the board. However, for the first time the subject of "climate ... See more

In Nepal, at least 27 people have been killed and many others are missing after heavy monsoon rain caused floods and landslides. The government has asked peo...

1 month ago

A new volunteer set to join us next month all the way from the USA. Can't wait to tell you about Nancy Edwards and how she'll be helping us expand our programme in a new direction. Watch this space!

1 month ago
Tragedy was the spark for Nepal children’s charity founder

Full online version of Sunday's South China Morning Post article: ... See more

Helping children in Nepal was British Army officer Philip Holmes’ way of honouring his wife, who committed suicide – in large because she was childless; the charity he founded rescued children ... See more

1 month ago
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Meanwhile, in Hong Kong today...

Today's South China Morning Post Sunday magazine, with thanks to Carol and Ronnie Ford for sharing.

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Extract from a report received today from our colleagues Nepal:

Since 2018 ChoraChori-Nepal has been involved in tackling 19 serious child abuse cases (two cases of attempted rape, five gang rape ... See more

1 month ago

World record-breaking mountaineer and ChoraChori ambassador, Nims Purja, has achieved another amazing result. He has just become our 1600th Like! You can help him on his way to ever-greater heights ... See more

1 month ago
Gandys

Very proud to be working alongside Gandys Foundation in our Nepal projects. Amazing people!

I asked my brother Paul to leave Australia a few years ago to come back & help with an idea to design flip flops that would allow us help build a children's home in memory of our parents who we lost ... See more

1 month ago

Great to see one of our local girls benefitting from the tailoring. After six months training she's using her skills at home and is really busy. She would love to do an advanced course to take the ... See more

1 month ago
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A follow-up visit from Hong Kong!

Arnett at ChoraChori foundation. The beautiful mosaics made of tiles on the balcony were made by #LPCUWC students during their service trip to ChoraChori last March.

2 months ago
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A grainy picture of a modern-day slavemaster towering over Nepalese circus slaves. Find out about this man and his family who trafficked girls into a life of misery and abuse - and how we intervened. ... See more

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Famous evangelist, the late Richard Wurmbrand (left) and his crazy acolyte, the self-styled "India's Billy Graham", the late Dr PP Job (right). Read about my extraordinary interaction with them in ... See more

2 months ago

Next May ChoraChori and our friends at Gandys Foundation will be offering a charity trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) which is at 5,364m in support of our child rescue work. There will be the ... See more

2 months ago

These girls don't have far to travel after finishing their tailoring course as they all live locally. It's great to be able to support the local community as well as girls from the Terai.

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2 months ago

One of our carers (on the left) with another three girls returning to Jhapa after their tailoring training finished. Sad to see people leave but we wish them all the best.

2 months ago

So rewarding to see this group of girls completing their tailoring course. It doesn't seem five minutes since they were being collected from their families in the south to start their big adventure ... See more

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