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Weʼre raising £4,500 to build a Shelter for street children in Kathmandu to provide them with a safe environment as well as food and clothes.

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Street Children in Nepal

There are more than 5000 children living and working on the streets of Nepal. These children are among the most vulnerable in society, frequently falling victim to some of the worst forms of child labour and exploitation. Street children are misunderstood, negatively viewed and stigmatized by a large portion of society. This social misunderstanding only serves to compound the challenges these children face on a day to day basis.

Background Information

Street children exist in all of Nepal’s major cities and towns. As the population grows, and urban poverty spreads, the number of children living and working on the streets is increasing. Because of the extreme nature of their situations and lack of adult support, many street children are misused and exploited. Ultimately, most of these children remain trapped in the vicious cycle of street life.

There is no current, reliable numbers of children living on the streets of the towns and cities. However, due to the current political situation and recent armed conflict, the numbers of children living on the streets have increased. This is largely as a result of the large number of people displaced from villages across Nepal.

There are obviously many hardships that street children face, but one of the greatest challenges is the general misunderstanding by society. Street children are negatively viewed and stigmatized by many people, and often labelled with the derogatory term Khate. Ultimately, this social misunderstanding makes it extremely difficult for street children to leave the streets and become respected members of the communities which they live in.

The Socio-economic Situation of Street Children

The socio-economic situation faced by street children is complicated, and it would be inaccurate to suggest all street children have come from similar backgrounds or are in similar situations.

Of all children on the street, an overwhelming 96% are boys. Girls are far less likely to leave their families than boys. However, due to their vulnerability, once girls leave their homes they tend not to live on the streets. Many of the out-of-home girls tend to find themselves as domestic child workers or carpet factory workers. However many often become exploited in the sex industry from a young age. Sadly, a huge number of these girls are trafficked outside of Nepal for sex work in India.

About Nepal Children’s Trust (NCT)

NCT was setup by Maya Watling based in Brantham, Suffolk. She was born in Nepal and understands the problems encountered by children in Nepal. The earthquakes of 2015 made life for many of these children even harder and many lost their parents and consequently the means to be supported in life. The charity aims to support children in extreme poverty in Nepal in a manner that sees every penny which is donated being spent directly on the children’s needs, and not on bureaucracy and corruption. The charity aims to make a biennial trip to Nepal in order to distribute the funds (travel and accommodation are paid for privately by volunteers). Time is taken to travel to those areas that are most deprived and identify children that are most in need. Once found their needs are assessed and provisions are made. These have ranged from supplying clothing, school supplies and meals, to paying for annual educations fees, kitting schools with equipment, basic shelter for homeless families, and arranging sponsorship of children from charity members.

During April 2015 a large earthquake hit Nepal and devastated large areas of the country, killing thousands and leaving countless others homeless. In March 2016, Maya Watling (the charities founder) along with two volunteers, travelled to Nepal to provide relief.

They found remote areas had been left with little or no relief or support. Families were living in abhorrent conditions and virtually no access to basic life-preserving services. Everywhere that they went they heard stories of how the relief supplies that had been rushed into the country following the earthquake had either been lost to corruption, sold on or only given to those who were known to distributors.

Child sponsorships were initiated in 2015 to fund basic state education for selected children (around £10 a month) and, to date, 21 children are benefiting from this.

In 2016 the charity worked hard to establish where the support was required most. They also established a link with reliable helpers in Nepal who could ensure that the money was spent in the most cost-efficient way. A village which had been almost destroyed by the earthquake was selected and 11 huts and supplies were provided for the families affected. In the same year a school classroom was also provided with writing desks to seat 80 children.

In 2017 there was a planned visit to the same village to check on progress and essential supplies such as water filters, clothes, school bags, books and other school equipment were provided. Since the visit a new school library building has been built, kindly donated with generous donations from Ravenswood Community Primary School, Ipswich.

Our new project 2018

As mentioned earlier many children are still suffering in Nepal, living on the streets and leading an impoverished life with little hope of a better future. This new project is to establish walk-in centres in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. This is where many village children finish up in their attempt to find a better life. Unfortunately having little or no support from the state and living on the streets puts them at risk of exploitation.

A walk-in centre can provide the initial support with food, clothes, basic hygiene and health check and a place to sleep for the night. Gaining the trust of these children will be difficult but it will initially get them off the streets into safe surroundings. In time it is hoped that many of them can be encouraged and helped to take part in full-time education, leading eventually to a much better life.

The initial task is to raise sufficient funds to purchase land in Kathmandu. It is then hoped to erect pre-fabricated buildings which will survive any future earthquake activity. Once erected the building will require fitting out with beds, kitchen facilities and other equipment which is necessary to fulfil the aims of this project. In total it will require funding in the region £............

We are enquiry more information about the cost. As soon as we get it we will put in the space .

It is hoped that with the charity will be able to launch another trip in 2019 to take out further aid. It is also hoped that suitable land can be sourced and purchased at this time and that the wheels can be put in motion for the purchase of buildings and equipment.

All funds and donations raised by the charity are used in the most cost-efficient manner and are fully accountable. Apart from minimal administration costs every penny donated reaches the Children who need the support. If you wish to donate to a worthwhile charity and no longer have faith in the larger well-known charities because of recent events in the news, then why not try our charity. There are no fat-cat executives taking massive bonuses and salaries. This is a charity which cares but needs your support to help more children who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances.

This children in the photo they from very poor family and some are from street .They goes to school because all the kind people who sponsor them. Thank you for your great support and giving them bright future .

Email: mayawatling@hotmail.com

Http://nepalchildrenstrust.co.uk/

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  • MAYA WATLING6 months ago
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    We want to help them but without your support we can't help street Children. Come and join us and build shelter together give them safety and new life with bright future. Thank you very much.

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  • Philip Dunnett

    Philip Dunnett

    Mar 30, 2018

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 9, 2018

    Good luck

    £30.00

  • Clare Spry

    Clare Spry

    Mar 8, 2018

    Hope this helps x

    £10.00

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MAYA WATLING

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This two sister sleep in the street,eat from bin,I had a chat and asked how they end up in the street,Anita told me her dad die when she was very young and her mum killed herself. I run way with my sister in city to find better end up bag on the street and collecting plastic bag.

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