Latest rescue of Nepali boys from Delhi

14513752_675454255965163_1387859046_o Operational Director of ChoraChori-Nepal, Shailaja (left of picture), has just been back home to Kerala on leave to see an ill parent. However on her way back she broke her leave to pause in Delhi and pick up seven more displaced Nepali boys from two children’s homes. Now the group faces a two-day journey by road back to Kathmandu but it will be a wonderful homecoming for these boys who’ll be back in time for the festivities of the main Hindu festival of Dashain.

This rescue is costing £606 for rental of a vehicle and food/accommodation on the way back. Please help us meet this cost by donating now using the button below or you can send us a tenner by texting NEPL16 £10 to 70070.

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A challenging family reunification

Yesterday was an emotional day at the ChoraChori-Nepal office as we returned “Ganesh” (not his real name) to his family. This was with mixed feelings as he’s been one of the most popular kids at our refuge and he comes from a very difficult family background. Some years ago his mother died and his father remarried. As is often the case in Nepal, there was a strained relationship between Ganesh and his stepmother, which is why he ran away from home to end up in an Indian children’s home. He was handed over yesterday to his maternal grandparents, maternal aunt and cousin (who is in the Kathmandu police) in the hope that family bonds can be rebuilt during the forthcoming Dashain festival celebrations. We have made it clear that if the reunification doesn’t work out we are happy to support Ganesh’s care and education with his aunt, with the ultimate safeguard of a potential return to the refuge. We remain committed to children being with families as far as possible while maintaining this all-important safety net for children we’ve rescued from India.img_2979 img_2986img_2994

Eleven ways to help ChoraChori!

Just this morning we’ve received a request from the Nepal authorities to rescue another large group of displaced Nepali children from India. This presents not only a huge operational challenge – the repatriation, research of families, reunifications and probably the long term care of a number of children who will have no homes to go to. However there is also a funding challenge and we’re desperately trying to find the resources we need to bring these kids home and do the job properly. Here are eleven ways you can help:

  1. If you haven’t done so already please like our Facebook page or if you have done so already please share the link with some selected friends, giving a personal recommendation.
  2. Follow us on Twitter.
  3. Sign up to our mailing list in the box at the bottom of our website home page.
  4. Another zero cost option is to sign up with Give as you Live. This site is a stepping stone to a wide range of online stores – everything  from eBay to Amazon and if you access these stores through Give as you Live then we get paid commission. So far in just a few months the 21 supporters who have registered with the site have raised £791.26 for ChoraChori and it hasn’t cost them a penny. You only have to remember to visit Give as you Live as your first port of call for online purchases!
  5. Offer your services as a volunteer. In the UK we can use people with accounting and fundraising skills but we are open to any suggestions. We do not operate a volunteer programme to Nepal but we are happy to host visits from individuals who might have some skills that they can share with our children’s refuge and support staff. Please contact us to find out more.
  6. Make a donation – yes, of course, we’re a charity! We can accept donations in any major currency using our secure Justgiving page. Alternatively just send a cheque to the charity address. We would particularly welcome a monthly donation as that allows us a steady income and the capacity to plan ahead. So rather than sending us £25, consider sending £2 per month! You can do this either by setting up a standing order with your bank or through the MyDonate page.
  7. If you are a U.S. donor you can donate tax efficiently online towards our education projects through GlobalGiving.  If you prefer you can send a cheque to our partner Made By Survivors but please clearly annotate your gift as being for ChoraChori. The address is Ten Charities, PO Box 3403, St Augustine, FL 32085. Both GlobalGiving and Made By Survivors are registered U.S. nonprofits.
  8. Who do you know? Can you introduce us to a corporate, a grantmaker, a school, a place of worship, club. We love community fundraising!
  9. Take up a challenge – run, climb, jump from a plane – or opt for a fun sponsored activity like a headshave. Perhaps you could organise an event like a coffee morning or a special lunch? Let us know if you need any advice or support.
  10. We’ve just received £250 from a very generous couple in lieu of a wedding present to friends. Gifts in lieu can be for anything – maybe instead of this year’s Christmas cards?
  11. Finally, PLEASE remember our life-saving work if you are writing or re-writing your Will. Again giving us a mention won’t cost you anything but your final gift could have massive impact. For further advice please contact Philip directly.

Now, surely there’s at least one option in there that works for you?! Many thanks.

Taekwondo success

Three of our refuge boys won medals in today’s 1st Star Valley Taekwondo Championship. Krishna won gold on the 36-40kg weight category, Prakash won silver on the 56-60kg weight category and Ganesh won bronze on the 32-36 kg weight category.

Congratulations guys – and staff!

Toby supports the ChoraChori refuge

img_20160922_165345 toby-and-group toby-with-guitarbook-distribution boy-in-bootsToby Foggo from the UK is currently visiting Nepal for six weeks. During that time he has kindly agreed to provide project support, monitoring and evaluation to ChoraChori. Toby has a very insteresting and useful skillset as he has worked for the Ministry of Justice in the Netherlands for the last 10 years. During this time he combined being a prison guard with holding a seat on the national advisory board for the Netherlands prison system. He’s been trained in resocialising and reintegrating people into society, including through mentoring and education. So he is well-placed to have constructive exchanges with the team, and especially with the refuge care staff.

Happily he’s fundraising as well and is already half way through a “shopping list” that will bring direct support to the children. The first two items have been paid for – £200 worth of books that he brought from UK and £200 raised towards buying the children new clothes, a custom at next month’s main Hindu festival of Dashain. He is aiming to raise another £100 to pay for a Dashain picnic for the children and another £100 to buy sports equipment. After yesterday’s book distribution Toby had a look at the children’s footballing skills!

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The ChoraChori-Nepal Olympics

September has got off to a racy start, literally, at our Kathmandu refuge. It’s not quite Rio but the staging of ChoraChori-Nepal’s own mini Olympics for the kids proved to be a huge success nevertheless. So much so that these Olympics are likely to take place annually rather than every four years. Okay, some of the events like the egg and spoon and three-legged races may not yet be officially recognised Olympic disciplines but no one seemed to mind much. Quite the opposite as four teams competed against one another for glory. The event took place during the school holidays from 4th to 9th September with the closing ceremony made special by a Taekwondo demonstration. Guests of honour were Mr Saroj KC, longstanding supporter and Headmaster of the local secondary school, and Captain (retd) Indra Gurung who is the Chief Instructor at the Zen Martial Arts Academy in the UK. Saroj presented the medals and trophies while Indra, who is a frequent visitor to the refuge, delivered to Shailaja some hugely appreciated Taekwondo clothing. By the look of it he also entertained everyone immensely by his speech. briefingtug-o-war

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Teej in Nepal

Making a fuss of the girls.

The festival of Teej is one of the highlights of the Hindu year in Nepal. It’s a time for feasting, fasting, parties and dancing, primarily for girls and women. Never ones to miss out on a party, our Kathmandu refuge boys took the opportunity to make a fuss of the girl beneficiaries – mainly the girls from Tipling who are about to start jewellery training – and the little kids from the nearby hostel run by our IMG_2675friends, the Roman Catholic Sisters of teejCharity.  unnamed

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