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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

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.

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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1 day ago

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

2 days ago

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

3 days ago

'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.

4 days 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 😜😜😜

4 days ago
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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

5 days 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

6 days ago

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.

1 week ago

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

1 week ago
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

3 weeks 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 ❤️

3 weeks ago

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.

3 weeks ago

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.

3 weeks ago

Turn for the boys today. All three were rescued from abusive children’s homes in India. It's a very different life here - relaxing in the morning sun, discussing current affairs and music.

3 weeks ago

Nice surprise for the kids when they came in from school.

3 weeks ago
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This little cutie wandered into the refuge today and she soon made friends with Geri.

3 weeks ago
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Today's run - a little longer than the last one!

My working from home means that there are no UK office costs for ChoraChori, but there's a downside. It's called half term. I will go to great lengths to obtain some peace and quiet and today those ... See more

1 month ago

Cohort 3 tailoring group is a combination of girls from Jhapa and local girls. They have started to make children's dresses. All that pleating looks complicated. Hopefully when they have finished the ... See more

1 month ago

All the school children passed their exams last term 😊 For the two girls in the front it was their first exams in school after NFE classes in the refuge and they got grades A and A*! Plenty to ... See more

1 month ago

It doesn't really take two and three quarter hours to run around Hyde Park, does it? It did this evening. Please join my sponsors who are helping ChoraChori provide essential one-to-one care for ... See more

1 month ago
Rape victim stigmatised, deprived of education

Disgraceful, but unsurprising
https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/rape-victim-stigmatised-deprived-of-education/?fbclid=IwAR1AqlH-90buKhYkWEU7DRgslQfJs1p6SQu5ZtXIV1xqlWpjfylT1w6CT64

A teenage girl who was gang-raped by three youths three years ago in Nawalpur of Nawalparasi district has been further victimised. She was denied education owing to the social stigma and poverty.

1 month ago
Rape rulings in Nepal follow letter, not spirit of the law

"Most of the perpetrators are family members or known persons" - just like our previous experience of trafficking cases: ... See more

Activists protest government’s reluctance to solve the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta, a teenager whose body was found near her home in Kanchanpur in July 2018. Photo: RSS Statute of Limitations: ... See more

1 month ago

Strong winds and heavy rain today in Kingsbridge. No way am I venturing out for a London Marathon training run without a new sponsor this ... See more

1 month ago
SC transfers Muzaffarpur shelter home cases from Bihar to Delhi

Good to see the Indian Supreme Court getting a grip of this situation. The prime rapist, Brajesh Thakur, was a bigwig in Bihar and by all accounts getting by not too badly in the local jail. Now he ... See more

NEW DELHI: Angry at mishandling of the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse cases, the Supreme Court on Thursday transferred the trial from Bihar to a court in the National Capital.

1 month ago

I tend to do my long London Marathon training runs at the weekend and confine my weekday runs to quick bursts at lunchtime. Today was my regular run from the house to a crossroads two miles away and ... See more

1 month ago

As our tailoring training grows and more girls are staying with us while they train, there are more demands regarding accommodation. That's not just with respect to bed spaces. With 25 girls here at ... See more

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