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.