Not one, but two appeals at Christmas! Sorry….

Earlier this year we reported on how we found a lost little Nepali boy in Delhi and brought him back to our refuge in Kathmandu. In spite of our best efforts through local and national media we have been unable to trace his parents. View our video below. Do any of our Nepali readers happen to recognise him? If so, please let us know.

Our Christmas Appeal has one week left to run and we are getting close to our target. Please help us to get there by making a small donation that will allow our vital work – child rescue, repatriation, reintegration, refuge care – to continue into 2017.

Many thanks.

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A boy trafficking survivor at our Kathmandu refuge

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In Nepal the extended family is the fundamental social support network of an individual, be they child or adult. That’s how Raju (name changed) came to be looked after by his relatives after his mother’s death and his alcoholic father abandoning him at the age of nine. However, as is so often the case with child trafficking, close relatives can also betray a child’s trust.

It seemed like a dream come true when Raju’s aunt said that she’d take him to see his long-lost sister in India. But as soon as they arrived in Delhi his aunt sold him into domestic service, without his even getting to meet his sister. He became a slave for two years until a neighbour helped him escape by dropping him at the railway station. Before long the police picked him up and he was taken to a “shelter home”. That’s where ChoraChori’s field team found him in February this year and brought him back to Nepal. For now, and because it would be unsafe to return him to his family, he is staying at our Kathmandu refuge, from where he is attending the local school in the 5th grade.

Now Raju’s ambition is to complete his education and become a social activist like his rescuers. You can help him realise this dream by supporting our Christmas appeal using the button below. Many thanks.

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A chess grandmaster in the making

img_1412We’re not exactly sure how Yousain ended up in India and he isn’t at all clear about that himself. But we know that he was very young when he found himself there and in domestic service. After two years of slavery and physical abuse he managed to escape, to follow a precarious lifestyle of hitching rides on trains and sleeping at train stations. He did this for an unbelievable nine years, surviving by collecting waste plastic bottles and selling them for a few rupees. But his run came to an end when one day he was accused of theft and attacked by an angry crowd. The Indian police arrested him and he was placed in a “shelter home”. It was there that he learned the Nepali language from another Nepali boy. Following that Yousain, who is very clever, went on to learn English and start a non-formal education programme at the shelter. Two years later he was picked up by ChoraChori-Nepal this time last year to join our Kathmandu refuge and he is now in 8th grade at the local school. He has shown a flair for chess (including beating this blog author!) and aspires to win every game he plays.

Unfortunately because we know nothing of Yousain’s family he’s going to have to stay with us for a while until we can make some other long term arrangements. That’s why we need your financial support through our Christmas Appeal. You can donate using the button below. Many thanks.

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Boy on a bike

img_1445This is Sudip, age 12, who has just this week joined our Kathmandu refuge. He was picked up by the Kathmandu police cycling around on a rickety bicycle with no brakes (not a good idea on the Nepal roads) asking people for directions to Mahendranagar. This is a town in the far west of Nepal, 350 miles from Kathmandu! Sudip had been living there with his grandmother and two younger siblings, after his father left home (whereabouts unknown) and his mother having gone to Bangalore to work as a “masseuse”, taking Sudip’s 16 year old sister with her. Sudip’s cousin, a former policeman, had offered to take Sudip to his home in Kathmandu where he was promised a good education. Instead he found himself in domestic service (slavery) looking after his cousin’s children and working in his hotel for no payment. Sudip managed to befriend a local shopkeeper who gave him the small amount of money he needed to buy this old bike and escape. He’s now desperate to rejoin his grandmother.

This has been a case of trafficking – often a victim’s relative becomes their worst enemy – and slavery. ChoraChori will look after Sudip until we can trace the grandmother and reunite him and support his education. Please help us to support Sudip and others at our Kathmandu refuge through our Christmas Appeal. Thank you.

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This week’s Nepali Times

See this link for the Nepali Times report on Prakash’s return to see his family after a long absence in India. Another job well done by ChoraChori-Nepal but we need your help if this vital work is to continue into 2017. Please use the button below to support us through the Christmas Appeal 2016.

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