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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.

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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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8 hours ago

This is a very popular game around the refuge. It looks easy enough, but definitely requires skill.

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Important life skills being taught in the garden of the ChoraChori child trauma management centre in Kathmandu.

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Having a break from NFE class and learning to play the guitar.

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Even though it's exam time it's still good to do some exercise. The kids at the refuge love a game of football.

3 days ago

This week sees the start of final exams for the academic year. Time to fit some revision in on a morning before heading to school.

4 days ago

Now that the weather is heating up here in Nepal it's time to show one of the other tailoring products - a delightful summer dress (and an even more delightful little girl).

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ChoraChori's legal fight in Nepal: https://www.chorachori.org.uk/legal/

6 days ago

Special visitors at the refuge today seeing first-hand how much benefit comes from donations. Exciting things planned for the future.

1 week ago

Time for Cohort 4 to do some fun confidence building activities. Thanks to Clara for her input.

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Our circus tour microsite launched today. Check it out and see the latest appeal from Ambassador Amrita Acharia: www.chorachori.org

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A new major ChoraChori project underway at Kitini College: https://www.chorachori.org.uk/kitini-2/

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Happy Holi from us all at ChoraChori Nepal Refuge 😊

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Here are the dates and venues for contemporary circus show "As a Tiger in the Jungle" that will start a 3 month tour of the UK on the 1st April. There will be a special ChoraChori performance at ... See more

Here is the full list of "As a Tiger in the Jungle" UK tour dates. Check it out, please share and hopefully see you at a venue along the way

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Remember this group? The first group of Jhapa girls to complete the tailoring training. They went home at the end of January and we are happy to say that they are using their skills and earning ... See more

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Last of the questions for the cohort four girls today. We asked what was was the difference between being at home and being here at ChoraChori. Sunita told us that at home she spends time with the ... See more

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Rabina's sister was in the first group of girls from Jhapa so she had an idea what to expect. When we asked her what it was like living here she told us that she was pleased she brought warm clothes ... See more

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'What do you hope to do when you finish the training?' Deepa said, 'I would eventually like to open my own shop at home.' That's a great goal to have.

2 weeks ago

After months of pointing the camera at others, it's scary to have it pointed at me - even if the photographer is the smallest and cutest person at the refuge 😜😜😜

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We wanted to know what the girls have learnt so far and how they are finding the tailoring course. Rita has been here longer and has made petticoats, children's dresses, an apron, a vest, and learnt ... See more

2 weeks ago

Our grade 12 Tipling girls are coming to the end of their time with us so we went to the cinema with some of our local tailoring students too.

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The next question was, 'Were you worried about coming to Kathmandu?' There was some concern about the road from Terai to Kathmandu (not the easiest of journeys) and Sadiksha was worried about another ... See more

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We asked the girls what their families thought about them being here in Kathmandu. Kabita's family are happy that she is receiving good training that she will be able to use when she returns home.

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This week we will be asking cohort four girls about the tailoring course. We asked Sangita how she heard about the course. Like a few of the other girls she heard about it through a local social ... See more

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Contemporary circus show "As a Tiger in the Jungle" returns to UK, supporting ChoraChori!

The tiger returns! https://www.chorachori.org.uk/trafficking/

Nepalese contemporary circus performers, both child trafficking survivors, return to UK for their show "As a Tiger in the Jungle" supporting ChoraChori.

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Finished!

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Finishing touches being applied to a mosaic mural at the refuge, courtesy of our visiting students from LPC UWC Hong Kong.

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A heart-warming event at ChoraChori today.

Very proud to present 11 certificates just now to girls who have completed a six month tailoring training course with ChoraChori in Nepal. They have done this in parallel with studies (grades 11 and ... See more

1 month ago

Big thanks to all the refuge staff and kids for a wonderful early birthday celebration. Cake, music and dancing on a Sunday morning before school ❤️

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A health and hygiene class with the cohort 4 girls. It's important that we provide them with more life skills as well as the tailoring.

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Looking cool and ready for school. After being rescued from an abusive children’s home in India this young man is doing all he can to secure a better future for him and his sister.

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