Project #214 | Rescuing Children From Abusive Orphanages in Nepal
Our Partnership with Next Generation Nepal
Orphanages gained massive popularity during Nepal’s civil war & the 2015 earthquake as families desperately tried to remove their children from dangerous areas. Unfortunately, a promise to protect and provide for these kids was never actually granted. These children became a part of a massive illegal trafficking scheme that involved more than 18,000 children. These kids were living in unregistered and dirty homes, without enough to eat, being untreated for medical conditions, and enduring physical and mental abuse every day and left for further trafficking into commercial sex work or exploitative labor as they get older.
One Day’s Wages partnered with Next Generation Nepal (NGN) to rescue children who were trafficked to illegal and abusive orphanages. Rescued children temporarily resided in NGN’s transit home while the staff searched and located their families, which sometimes took months. All rescued children received appropriate health care, trauma therapy, and education until they could be sustainably reunified with their families. Reintegration with their families only took place once it had been determined by NGN’s reintegration officers that the child would be safe and cared for. NGN also collaborated with local governments and police to help take part in the monitoring of local returned children, with the goal of keeping them safe for the long term.
Our Collective Impact
Children Reunited With Their Families
Nita is from a remote mountain village in rural Nepal. She was trafficked to an illegal orphanage in Kathmandu after traffickers tricked her family into believing she would be attending a famous school in the big city. They promised that Nita would receive a quality education and be well cared for and convinced the family that in the future, she would be able to lift the family out of poverty. Sadly, this would never be the case. Unfortunately, Nita experienced abuse both physically and emotionally. She was forced to lie to her western volunteer caretakers, pretend she was a parentless orphan, and was threatened that if she told anyone she had parents, she would be beaten or starved. Eventually, NGN rescued Nita and 18 other children, and after extensive research, she was reconnected with her family. After years of uncertainty and trauma, she is back to having a normal and safe life, attending school, and being with friends without fear of being taken by traffickers again.
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.
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