Project #204 | Prevent Trafficking of Children in Nepal during COVID-19

Our partnership with Next Generation Nepal

Over 85% of children living in “orphanages” in Nepal have living parents. Orphanage trafficking began during Nepal’s 10-year civil conflict during which children displaced from their families were placed by traffickers in exploitative institutional care. Traffickers take advantage of the aspirations and vulnerability of rural families who want their children to have a good education by promising parents that their children will be well cared for. For-profit orphanages are a lucrative business model, financially supported by well-intentioned foreign volunteers and donors who are touched by the tragic stories traffickers tell about the children. The lockdowns which followed the outbreak of the global pandemic put immense economic stress on the whole country. In rural communities, many families were unable to meet their basic needs, making them even more vulnerable to exploitation as they struggled to feed their children.

One Day’s Wages partnered with Next Generation Nepal (NGN) to provide emergency support to 56 families with children who had been rescued from exploitative orphanages. As economic hardship pushed these families into deeper vulnerability, the risk of further exploitation was heightened. NGN intervened in ongoing support of these families with both food relief packages and hygiene kits. The food relief packages sustained families for 2 months, containing rice, lentils, noodles, eggs, biscuits, legumes, vegetables, oil, and spices. The hygiene kits distributed contained masks, hand sanitizer, soap, and detergent powder.

Our collective impact

Remote Villages Reached

Months of Emergency Support Provided

People Impacted

Meet Shirisha

Shirisha* is a single parent who was struggling to put food on the table during the Pandemic. She lost work during the lockdown, cutting off their primary source of income. Her and the girls live in a rural area in Nepal which wasn’t accessible during the government-imposed lockdown. But, in coordination with local connections in Shirisha’s village, NGN was able to get emergency food supplies to her and her family.

*pseudonym used


Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our emergency relief fund.

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