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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.

our-goals

OUR GOALS

Our Goals for 2018 can be summarised as:

• We aim to rescue at least 80 Nepali children from India, returning 60 of these to their families by the end of the year
• By December 2018 we will have a fully operational child trauma management centre that excels in the therapeutic use of the arts
• We will establish relevant and cost-effective in-house vocational training for boys and girls at our refuge and for those from the local community
• We will evolve crafts training into not-for-profit business activities that generate a local income for CC-N through sale of products nationally and internationally
• We will support the development of contemporary circus in Kathmandu
• As part of capacity building we will design and implement a local fundraising strategy for CC-N

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OUR PROJECTS

our-work-to-date

OUR WORK TO DATE

working in partnership with ChoraChori-Nepal we have;

141

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.

1815

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.

72

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.

16

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.

110

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.

2212

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.

the-chora-chori-team

THE CHORACHORI TEAM

Beverley Holmes

Beverley Holmes

Co-Founder and Chairman (UK)

Bev is a former TV producer who transferred to the charitable sector in 2002. She lived in Nepal between 2004 and 2012 when she worked on a daily basis with current ChoraChori-Nepal staff members, supporting their work in the rehabilitation of rescued children. Bev organised therapeutic activities for these children to assist their recovery.

Philip Holmes

Philip Holmes

Co-Founder (UK)

Philip is a former British Army officer who joined the charitable sector in 1999. He has been the CEO of two previous charities for Nepalese children and in the period 2004-2012 headed up a programme that closed down a child trafficking route between Nepal and India.

Brian Muirhead

Brian Muirhead

Trustee (UK)

Brian is a graduate lawyer and qualified accountant with a 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.

Clotilde Hunter

Clotilde Hunter

Trustee (UK)

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. She met Beverley and Philip in Nepal in 2009 and since then has been a very active fundraiser for Nepal children’s charities.

Julie Graham

Julie Graham

Trustee (UK)

Julie is a graduate in social work from Queen’s University Belfast, but currently working within the education welfare sector in Northern Ireland. In the past she has completed two volunteer assignments with Philip’s previous charity, supporting refuge children and their carers.

 Helen Buckworth

Helen Buckworth

Trustee (UK)

Helen is a qualified solicitor who worked in the City and Hong Kong before leaving to concentrate on her family. She has travelled widely and was introduced to Chora Chori by her son Rory who, together with two friends, cycled from Shanghai to Kathmandu in 2016 raising funds for Chora Chori’s new Trauma Managenement Centre in Godavari. She visited the centre earlier this year and is looking forward to supporting the future work of the charity.

Zack Feather

Zack Feather

Patron (UK)

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 in 2015 and fell in love with ChoraChori and what we are achieving. He loves travelling and playing any sports he can.

Bhaskar Karki

Bhaskar Karki

CEO (Nepal)

Bhaskar is an accountant who was Philip’s Deputy when he was based in Nepal. He also has invaluable first-hand experience of rescue work and taken part in research and raids in India.

Shailaja CM

Shailaja CM

Operational Director (Nepal)

Shailaja is an Indian national who has been living in Nepal since 2000. She is a former Catholic sister who had been a teacher in a Nepalese school before transferring into children’s charity work. She has been tireless and focussed in rescuing and rehabilitating hundreds of trafficked children.

Beverley Holmes

Beverley Holmes

Co-Founder and Chairman (UK)

Bev is a former TV producer who transferred to the charitable sector in 2002. She lived in Nepal between 2004 and 2012 when she worked on a daily basis with current ChoraChori-Nepal staff members, supporting their work in the rehabilitation of rescued children. Bev organised therapeutic activities for these children to assist their recovery.

Philip Holmes

Philip Holmes

Co-Founder (UK)

Philip is a former British Army officer who joined the charitable sector in 1999. He has been the CEO of two previous charities for Nepalese children and in the period 2004-2012 headed up a programme that closed down a child trafficking route between Nepal and India.

Brian Muirhead

Brian Muirhead

Trustee (UK)

Brian is a graduate lawyer and qualified accountant with a 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.

Clotilde Hunter

Clotilde Hunter

Trustee (UK)

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. She met Beverley and Philip in Nepal in 2009 and since then has been a very active fundraiser for Nepal children’s charities.

Julie Graham

Julie Graham

Trustee (UK)

Julie is a graduate in social work from Queen’s University Belfast, but currently working within the education welfare sector in Northern Ireland. In the past she has completed two volunteer assignments with Philip’s previous charity, supporting refuge children and their carers.

 Helen Buckworth

Helen Buckworth

Trustee (UK)

Helen is a qualified solicitor who worked in the City and Hong Kong before leaving to concentrate on her family. She has travelled widely and was introduced to Chora Chori by her son Rory who, together with two friends, cycled from Shanghai to Kathmandu in 2016 raising funds for Chora Chori’s new Trauma Managenement Centre in Godavari. She visited the centre earlier this year and is looking forward to supporting the future work of the charity.

Zack Feather

Zack Feather

Patron (UK)

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 in 2015 and fell in love with ChoraChori and what we are achieving. He loves travelling and playing any sports he can.

Bhaskar Karki

Bhaskar Karki

CEO (Nepal)

Bhaskar is an accountant who was Philip’s Deputy when he was based in Nepal. He also has invaluable first-hand experience of rescue work and taken part in research and raids in India.

Shailaja CM

Shailaja CM

Operational Director (Nepal)

Shailaja is an Indian national who has been living in Nepal since 2000. She is a former Catholic sister who had been a teacher in a Nepalese school before transferring into children’s charity work. She has been tireless and focussed in rescuing and rehabilitating hundreds of trafficked children.

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