Laying the foundations of a new project for ChoraChori!

At long last we’ve been able to get started with preparing the foundations of our new girls’ trauma management centre that is being built adjacent to our boys’ refuge in Godawari, Kathmandu. This 12 bed residential facility should be complete in ten weeks’ time and will allow us to expand the rehabilitation services that support our rescue operations in India. This is not designed to become another girls’ hostel but rather a place where specialist support can be applied to acute trauma situations. Beyond that we will also offer a referral service and support to other child welfare organisations and to Nepal’s Central Child Welfare Board. To do this we will be drawing upon the expertise of professionals in Nepal and abroad, including some provided by our German partner, Hatemalo.

This project has only been possible through the efforts of some great guys from the UK – Philip Hunter, Rory Buckworth, Sam Day, Arthur Woods and Jonathan Davies. The first three raised the funds we needed to build the centre through their sponsored cycle ride from Shanghai to Kathmandu – “Taking the High Road” – while Arthur and Jonny have done their bit with key volunteer support on the ground.

Now we are working hard to raise the funds we need to operate the centre and networking with potential project partners. All suggestions welcome!Foundations markings

Jonny Davies’ visit to Nepal

Following upon his design support to us in the first few months of this year UK architect volunteer Jonny Davies spent a couple of weeks visiting Nepal and ChoraChori last month. Here is his report on his visit. Now returned to the UK, Jonny can revisit plans for the building of our Kathmandu refuge, better informed from seeing the lie of the land first-hand. We’ll be good to go for the end of the monsoon. Jonny, the cyclists and ChoraChori's core team

Grand designs in Nepal

Architect's drawing of the future ChoraChori-Nepal's girls' refuge in Nepal

These are the drawings received this morning from volunteer architect Jonny Davies based upon a design by our colleagues at Good Earth Nepal in Kathmandu. We are hoping to start building this 40 bed facility for girl trafficking survivors from 1 June and will be fundraising in the meantime. We are well on the way to reaching our £75,000 fundraising requirement thanks to the remarkable efforts of our three cyclists who are two thirds of the way through their sponsored cycle ride from Shanghai to Kathmandu. Please support them through this link.

The future ChoraChori-Nepal girls' refuge

The future ChoraChori-Nepal girls’ refuge aerial view

Taking the High Road

We currently have three British cyclists taking on the challenge of a lifetime as they take the high road from Shanghai to Kathmandu – a mere 7,500km! Philip Hunter, Rory Buckworth and Sam Day are making the journey entirely self-funded and unsupported and are approaching the half way point as they travel through Vietnam. Not content with stretching themselves to the limit physically they’ve also produced a blog and a video diary on the way. Their delightful stage one and stage two/three diary reports are not to be missed! They’re going to these lengths to raise £50,000 in sponsorship towards the building of a girls’ refuge at Godawari in Kathmandu. Check out their fundraising page to see how they’re getting along and please take a few moments to make a small donation.

The refuge will have a 40 bed capacity and serve the vital role of providing transit and rehabilitation facilities for girls that we rescue from India. We will be building it to an earthquake-resistant design in partnership with the NGO Good Earth Nepal who specialise in innovative earthbag technology – check out what’s involved in that here. ChoraChori-Nepal and Good Earth Nepal have surveyed the site and completed the soil testing and it’s had the thumbs up. So we can start very soon with a view to having the refuge in operation by the end of 2016.

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