Project #273 | Child and Family Protection in Nepal

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, and mushroomed again after the 2015 earthquake.  Traffickers take advantage of the aspirations 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.

One Day’s Wages partnered with Next Generation Nepal to educate people about the manipulative tactics used by traffickers and stop child trafficking before it starts.  Our partnership raised awareness in rural villages of Kalikot District through radio ads, street dramas, and meetings with government officials and community groups.  Street dramas often brought out entire villages, and conveyed messaging in ways that were compelling and culturally relevant.  As a result, local officials shared that traffickers are almost nowhere to be found in the villages where the awareness activities took place. In addition, officials are now committed to no longer issuing recommendation letters for children with parents to be sent to orphanages – a practice that was very common in Kalikot just a few years ago.

Our Collective Impact




Meet Harka*

Like many fathers, Harka wanted a better future for his daughter. He started searching for a hostel in Kathmandu that offered quality education at a minimal cost. After finding what he believed to be a suitable place, he enrolled his daughter and even influenced friends and family to do the same, investing NPR 50,000 ($375) in the process.

For a year, he believed everything was fine with his daughter. However, his daughter eventually revealed a disturbing truth: instead of a hostel, it was an orphanage. The children were being exploited, sent to beg for clothes and vegetables in markets, subjected to beatings, and denied proper care.

Soon after Harka learned the truth about his daughter’s situation, he brought her back to the village. He is now an active local influencer who attended advocacy meetings supported by ODW’s partnership with NGN. Despite the personal hardship he faced, Harka is now actively engaged in advocating for child protection and cautioning others in Kalikot against falling victim to traffickers.

* pseudonym used to protect father’s identity

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 maternal & child health fund.

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