The challenges of selecting trainees

In Nepal it's easy to find appropriate girl trainees for an all-expenses-paid residential tailoring course, right? Wrong. ChoraChori's basic tailoring course offers a very attractive training package for a girl from an impoverished rural community. A trainee can join a six-month-long residential course with all costs met by ChoraChori and even receive a small training

Anjali’s second career

Through its advanced vocational training programme, ChoraChori offers second career opportunities. In my memoir, Gates of Bronze, I described how - bizarrely - we set up a contemporary circus group for young people whom my then charity had rescued from slavery inside Indian circuses. Many children had been lured into this miserable existence by traffickers

Follow up visit to Kitini College

ChoraChori Founder/CEO Philip Holmes today paid an evaluation and monitoring visit to Kitini College; he was greeted by a very happy Headteacher, staff and pupils. It is incumbent upon us to follow up the projects we fund; this is a task that includes through visits by the CEO and Trustees of the charity. The Treasurer

Final words on “As a Tiger in the Jungle” – and the future challenge for ChoraChori

Between April and June 2019, contemporary circus show "As a Tiger in the Jungle" enjoyed a hugely successful tour of top venues across England and Wales, including the Glastonbury Festival. Nepalese performers Aman and Renu have now returned to Nepal but leave behind a powerful legacy of memorable performances and poignant messages. Through "As a

Back home to Jhapa

Last weekend ChoraChori returned a group of girls from Jhapa to their homes after completing their six month tailoring training course at our Kathmandu centre. ChoraChori supporter Caroline Milne joined them for the trip and shares what she saw along the way. After spending six months at the ChoraChori refuge in Godawari, Kathmandu it was

Computers for Shree Ganesh School!

This week ChoraChori-UK visitor to Nepal, Caroline Milne, saw for herself the impact of fundraising that she has supported when she accompanied a special delivery of computers to a terribly under-resourced government school in Kathmandu valley. How can a school teach computer science when it doesn't have any computers? This is not an unusual challenge

Au revoir Debbie and David

Yesterday ChoraChori in Nepal held a farewell party for a husband and wife team whose impact upon our work has been nothing short of transformative. For the past three weeks we have been benefiting from the volunteer inputs of Debbie and David Mintz from the UK. Their role has been to train and support the