The Aishworya “Children’s Home”

Late yesterday, ChoraChori-Nepal took a call from Nepal’s Central Child Welfare Board (CCWB) asking for support in its raid and rescue operation on the Aishworya “Children’s Home” in Kathmandu.

This is a developing story, but it seems that the authorities were notified following a complaint from a foreigner about neglected and unsupervised children at the centre. CCWB acted immediately and asked a number of NGOs, including ChoraChori, to help with rescuing 122 children from three premises that were being used by Aishworya.

Unsurprisingly, during the rescue the “management” of the home was nowhere to be found. The children were indeed in a bad way, many of them covered in scabies. It seems a lot of the children originate from Nepal’s deprived Humla District in the far northwest. Allegedly the Aishworya people were asking for contributions of NPR30,000 to NPR100,000 (£200 to £700) to have their children “cared for” and educated in Kathmandu at the expense of naïve but well-intentioned foreigners. This form of child trafficking and exploitation is just one aspect of Nepal’s orphan business that the authorities are now making steps towards dismantling, including through a new Children’s Act that prioritises alternative care arrangements with children’s homes becoming a last resort.

For now, the rescued children are being looked after at a number of centres by the NGOs Forget me Not, CWIN, Voice of Children, THIS and ChoraChori. We have admitted 16 boys and 4 girls, all under the age of 10, to our Children’s Refuge and Rehabilitation Centre which will be a stepping stone to family reintegration and support.

Please think twice before you support any orphanage in Nepal, however reputable it might seem. There are a few notable exceptions, but most so called orphanages are income generation centres for the greedy people who operate them. The Nepal government is now doing what it can but the orphan business can only be dismantled when it is denied the oxygen of Western donations.

Nepal child sponsorship – the ChoraChori children’s refuge needs your support

Nepal Child Sponsorship

This month ChoraChori is launching a new Nepal child sponsorship scheme in support of the children at our Kathmandu refuge.

Why we need child sponsorship

The ChoraChori Kathmandu refuge is central to our unique child rescue programme which is bringing Nepal’s displaced and trafficked children back home to a positive future. At the refuge we offer the kids in our care the security they deserve after all the hardships and isolation they’ve experienced in India. However the care costs are daunting for a small charity such as ours. So we’d like to interest you in becoming a “Friend of the Refuge” who can underpin our very special work. In return for your kind sponsorship we will send you a six-monthly update each June and December that will explain the impact of your gift.

Sponsorship levels to suit everyone

We have set our Nepal child sponsorship at four levels with donations pooled to meet the following needs:

  • £5 per month – a “savings” sponsorship. We will give each child at the refuge an individual “savings book”. At the end of every month we will credit that book with an equal share of the total savings sponsorship income. These savings then becomes the child’s when he or she leaves the refuge.
  • £10 per month – a “recreation” sponsorship funds activities such as sport, outings and celebrating festivals
  • £20 per month – an “education” sponsorship will cover the cost of books, stationery, uniforms, school fees etc
  • £30 per month – a “general care” sponsorship pays for food, clothes, medical expenses and refuge operating costs

15% of sponsorship income will cover ChoraChori’s programme management costs. These include, for example, the cost of providing sponsors with the regular update that will be exclusive to Friends of the Refuge. We can accept Nepal child sponsorship in any major currency and you can pay it monthly, quarterly or as an annual lump sum. We are very happy to accept any combination of sponsorship options up to the total cost of care for one or more children.

Nepal child sponsorship

Child protection is vital

Please note that while we wish to enjoy a close relationship with Friends of the Refuge, the protection and welfare of the children will remain paramount. Many Nepal child sponsorship schemes foster direct relationships between sponsors and children and this is not necessarily in the best interests of either party. Our approach ensures that the sponsorship scheme benefits all of the children and that no child feels left-out.

What to do next

To sign up as a Friend of the Refuge just click the button below and complete the form with the appropriate amount. Then leave us a personal message as to which aspect of our work you’d like to sponsor. Please note that the very nice people at BT MyDonate provide this as a free service. They charge only the unavoidable credit card processing fee of 1.3% or a fixed £0.15 for each debit card transaction. If you are a UK taxpayer BT will reclaim the Gift Aid for us, again free of any commission charge. For non-UK citizens, although a donation has to be recorded on the form in £, BT will convert this back into your home currency for your debit/credit card account.

Many thanks!Child sponsorship sign up button

Rescuing Nepali boy Ashish from India

rickshaw2Fifteen year old Nepali boy Ashish ran away from home in 2015, travelling with a neighbour to find work and a better life in India. He travelled to Haryana state and worked in a food cart making chow mein and other snacks. But it turned out that his companion was an alcoholic who beat him often. So after three months Ashish ran away again, this time to Mumbai where the police picked him up and placed him in a children’s home where any attempt at escape would be punished with beating. Ultimately in early 2016 he was transferred to another home at Muzaffarpur in Bihar, north India.  From there he called his parents and asked them to come and free him. His father travelled to the home three times but on each occasion was turned away because release paperwork was not in order. Finally he went to Nepal’s Central Child Welfare Board to ask for help and the Board referred him to ChoraChori-Nepal. Last week Shailaja CM and Yogesh Dhami of the ChoraChori child rescue team journeyed with Ashish’s father to Bihar and this time there were no objections. Click on the image above to see the film of the release.

Ashish is very happy to be back home and says that he will never run away again. He realises now that his best chance of having a better life will come through a return to his studies. We’ll continue to support him all we can.

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