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“ChoraChori” is the Nepali word for “children”. It’s also the name of our UK registered charity that’s confronting violence against children in Nepal, including child rape, managing trauma and bringing child rapists to justice.

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our-vision

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 NEPALESE CHILDREN IN INDIA

We are the only Nepal-based organisation that is proactive about tracing trafficked and displaced Nepalese children (mainly boys) in India. We rescue them from abusive, Dickensian “children’s shelters” and repatriate them to be reunited, where possible, with their families in Nepal..


FIGHTING CHILD RAPE IN NEPAL

We rescue and protect child rape victims, supporting them and their families while we bring rapists to justice. The incidence of rape in Nepal has quadrupled in the last ten years with over half of the victims, minors. We will reverse this trend.


REHABILITATION & REINTEGRATION

At our care facilities on the outskirts of Kathmandu, we assess repatriated children’s needs (social, health, educational) and provide what is needed for their wellbeing. We have a transit boys’ hostel, while girls are managed at our Children’s Refuge and Rehabilitation Centre (CRRC). Meantime we trace families and work hard towards facilitating reunification.


CHILD TRAUMA MANAGEMENT

Collocated with our CRRC we operate a residential Child Trauma Management Centre where staff counsellors, supported by specialists from around the world, provide a range of therapies for child sexual abuse survivors. This is a daunting challenge – we manage children who lack the vocabulary to describe what has happened to them.


LONG TERM CARE

Where family reunification is not possible, we provide long term care until children can fend for themselves as young adults. This includes providing education and vocational training, but above all, love and security.


EMPOWERING GIRLS

We train girls in tailoring and silver jewellery making skills as part of our support to vulnerable girls who are school drop-outs or who come from rural communities where sexual abuse is commonplace. This includes a three-year collaboration with The Soroptimist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland from October 2019 in the “Empowering Girls in Nepal” project.


PROSECUTING CHILD ABUSERS AND RAPISTS

ChoraChori-Nepal employs a dedicated staff legal team that investigates rape cases and seeks prosecutions. Rapists have been acting with impunity and we will stop that.


EDUCATION PROJECTS

We provide capital and revenue funding to support under-resourced government schools in Nepal. We have built schools and classrooms and paid for students’ fees. Most of our support is focussed on Kitini College in Lalitpur District, one of the top achieving government schools in the country in spite of being so under-resourced.


ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

With climate change having an increasing impact on the environment, including shrinking glaciers in Nepal and changes in weather patterns that are harming agriculture, we are developing projects that help restore the balance. This includes through carbon-offset schemes.


DISATER RELIEF

ChoraChori stands ready to provide targeted emergency relief in response to natural disasters that can follow earthquakes or result from climate change. We provided support after the 2015 earthquakes and the 2018 floods.

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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

BOYS' HOSTEL

Convert our CRRC into a girls-only facility through opening a transit boys’ hostel.
Completed 🗹

TRAINING

Expand vocational training to include advanced tailoring and silver jewellery in our own workshops.
Completed 🗹

KITINI COLLEGE

Complete the retrofit of Kitini College to make it earthquake-resistant.
Completed 🗹

GIRLS' HOSTEL

Open a new girls’ hostel in Kathmandu.
Awaiting funding

DEDICATED VEHICLE

Purchase a dedicated vehicle for our field teams in Nepal.
Awaiting funding

FUND RAISING

Raise £100,000 towards 2020 Nepal costs through our Big Give Christmas Appeal.
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OUR GOALS FOR 2020

KITINI COLLEGE

Launch a bursary/scholarship scheme at Kitini College.
Awaiting funding

NEPAL

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

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OUR PROJECTS

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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.

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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.

ambassadors

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.

“Nims” Purja

Former Gurkha and Special Forces soldier “Nims” Purja became our third Ambassador in 2019. Nims has a series of mountaineering world records to his name, not to mention saving the lives of a number of stricken climbers in the Himalayas. For these he was appointed MBE by HM The Queen in 2016. In 2019 he undertook “Project Possible”, endeavouring to set a new world record for summitting the world’s mountains 14 that are over 8,000 metres, all of which are in the Himalayas, in seven months. The previous record for this achievement stands at almost 8 years!

Nims chose our charity from the large number that approached him because he felt that our edgy work most reflected his own values. He also is passionate about mental health issues (a subject that attracts a great deal of stigma in Nepal) having lost a close friend in the past year to suicide. And, having seen with his own eyes the impact of climate change in the Himalayas, is urging us all to take action now before it’s too late.

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"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."

Our girls from both tailoring and silver jewellery classes participated in a fun, artsy journal-making ... See more

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Philip

Responding to the Climate Emergency in Nepal.

In a moment of folly, I signed up to run the Bonn Marathon on the 26th April after being turned down for this year's London Marathon that falls on the same date. Realistically though, I have come to ... See more

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ChoraChori partners with Mithila Wildlife Trust in Dhanusha, south Nepal.

A new (second) partner organisation for ChoraChori in Nepal: https://www.chorachori.org.uk/mithila/

As ChoraChori extends its reach into south Nepal where rape is at its worst, we have launched a new partnership with the Mithila Wildlife Trust in Dhanusha.

2 weeks ago

Anything you can do, I can do better. After seeing some photos from the boys'hostel the girls wanted a go.

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More fun and games.

My last day and also a holiday so time to have some fun!

3 weeks ago

Strike a pose.

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Botanical Gardens

Some exercise and 'fresh' air walking up to the Botanical Gardens.

3 weeks ago

The boys said last week that they wanted some decorative things. With the help of more glitter paper and matchboxes they seem quite happy 😊.

3 weeks ago
Fun in the sun.

The weather is definitely improving so it's great to get outside.

3 weeks ago

Hot air balloons art project completed. We lost two in the process and even the remaining ones needed intensive care, but it was good fun. We have a better idea of the papier-mache making process now.

4 weeks ago
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The papier-mache dried overnight so we were able to start painting today.

4 weeks ago

This was the next step in the art work. Just as well we did it outside as it got rather messy. 😊

4 weeks ago

Step one of our latest art project 🤔

4 weeks ago
Muzaffarpur shelter home case: Delhi court sentences Brajesh Thakur, 11 others to life imprisonment

"Till his last breath" - may he have a long life: ... See more

Tata Institute of Social Sciences submitted a report to the Bihar government in May 2019 highlighting the alleged sexual abuse of girls in the shelter home.

4 weeks ago
Having fun and learning in the sun.

Some doodle art and great fun with phonics.

1 month ago
Engineering challenge.

How to get an egg from the top of the building to the ground without breaking it 🤔

1 month ago
Arrest warrant issued against former DSP accused of rape

The second senior police officer in a week to be accused of rape: https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/arrest-warrant-issued-against-former-dsp-accused-of-rape/

A 21-year-old girl has filed an FIR against former DSP Rajkumar Khiuju, accusing him of raping her multiple times over a period of five months at several places, including a police station in ... See more

1 month ago
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Staff training at ChoraChori-Nepal. Training and photo courtesy of Caroline Milne!

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A visit to an "untouchable" village in Dhanusha, south Nepal

This week a ChoraChori research team joined Maya Rai of the Nepal Knotcraft Centre on a visit to a village for the Musahar ("Rat-eater") and Dom "untouchable" castes in Dhanusha. It was impressive to ... See more

1 month ago
How high can you build a tower?

After some more English work, we turned our hands to construction.

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After an English language lesson at the boys' hostel this morning it was time for some arts and craft. We need to improve our papier-mache skills - not sure this method will work 🤔

1 month ago

Here's our youngest beneficiary on today's hike striking a very good Instagram pose. It's amazing to see his smile and how well he's doing.

1 month ago
ChoraChori Picnic

ChoraChori go that extra mile to help the children in their care rebuild their lives and find some happiness after the trauma they have suffered. There was an abundance of happiness during ... See more

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All work and no play - girls on the ChoraChori vocational training take a break for a bit of mask-making.

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