In 1999 the Esther Benjamins Trust was set up by Philip Holmes in memory of his late wife. The charity was known as The Esther Benjamins Trust up until 2015 when the name was changed, with the support of Esther’s family, to Child Rescue Nepal to more clearly reflect the work that we do. Philip is no longer involved with Child Rescue Nepal but continues to work in Nepal through his charity Chorachori.
In 2016, we reviewed our progress and set ourselves an exciting new ambition: To end all child trafficking in Nepal. With a renewed focus on rescues, we won’t stop until every child in Nepal is free.
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Jo has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years and has extensive experience in charity management, fundraising and marketing. She was a VSO volunteer in South Africa for two years and has worked in the disability and development sectors including Livability, Tearfund and Christian Aid. Most recently Jo has worked at the Orpheus Centre, a specialist college for young disabled adults, where she raised over £1.5m. With two school-aged children, Jo doesn’t have a lot of spare time but she does manage to sing in a gospel choir and regularly post photos on Instagram.
Alicia recently completed a Masters degree in Social and Organisational Psychology with a particular focus on gender bias and marginalised groups. She has previously volunteered with overseas charities in South Africa, Borneo and Ecuador and is passionate about women’s rights.
Andrew has 50 years’ experience of UK and overseas charities. He recently retired from being Chief Executive of the Thai Children’s Trust, which works in similar areas to Child Rescue Nepal. He is on the board of pointB, a US charity that trains community workers in Burma, and is a contributor to Civil Society’s blog on the regulation of fundraising.
Nick has been involved with CRN since 2004, first a volunteer, then staff member in Nepal and now as a trustee. Whilst working for CRN in Nepal, he met his wife Rama and learned to speak Nepali. After returning to the UK he moved into a fundraising role at Hope and Homes for Children. After stints at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Buttle UK, he is now Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships at World Child Cancer.
Michele has over 20 years’ experience in international development and volunteer management, significantly with VSO. She has held four regional or country management positions for programmes in Asia and has lived in Kazakhstan, India and Fiji. She is currently Managing Director for World Learning Europe.
Jonathan joined as a trustee in 2017. He holds both AAT and CIMA accounting qualifications and has 9 years of accounting experience in various fields. He studied Physiological Sciences at Newcastle University and has a keen interest in travelling.
David has nearly a decade’s experience of voluntary and charitable organisations. He was a trustee of the North Kensington Law Centre for 6 years. He is currently a Governor of an inner-city state school and a trustee of a local youth centre. He has been a barrister since 2002 and specialises in property and commercial law.
Joanna has completed a Master’s degree in social work, and as a social worker she has a particular focus on child exploitation, safeguarding, and Young Peoples mental health. Prior to training as a social worker Joanna completed a degree in Social Anthropology. In 2006 she volunteered with EBMF in Nepal, and then returned in 2008 to undertake research for her dissertation on the response of NGOs to the human trafficking situation in Nepal.
Dave has recently retired from disability charity Livability, where he worked for 15 years, the last five as Chief Executive. One of Livability’s most innovative projects was a spinal injury unit in Kathmandu. Alongside his career in social care, Dave is a well-established folk musician and has just published his first novel.
Jamuna Shrestha Bhattarai has two postgraduate degrees and 24 years’ experience in the development sector. Based in the Kathmandu office of CRN, she leads the CRN team in Nepal. She is interested in building resilience in communities and providing good quality education, healthcare and job opportunities for children and their families who are struggling to secure their basic needs and rights.
Roshna Lama has worked at CRN Nepal since 2007. She has a BA in Management Accounting and Finance, as well as qualifications in Finances and Accounting Systems and computer training.
Karna has been involved with the work of CRN from the start. Before that, he had a long and distinguished career in the Queen’s Gurkha Signal Regiment and was decorated by HRH The Prince of Wales for his dedicated and loyal service to the Crown. After retiring from the British Army, he worked for the MoD UK as HR manager for the British Gurkhas Nepal with responsibility for the management of over 350 civilian staff.
Buddha is District Programme Manager for EBMF, Lalitpur. He holds an MA degree in Sociology and has a decade of experience in non-profit’s project management focusing on strengthening public education in rural parts of Nepal. He is passionate about serving children, minorities and deprived groups to promote social justice. He has gained M&E experience working with the Community Health Research Program.
Dilu has worked with EBMF for 10 years and is involved at the frontline of all our rescues. Dilu is also one of Nepal’s few trained counsellors and has developed a speciality helping trauma and trafficked children. Dilu us passionate about rescuing children and giving them a new life.
Prem joined EBMF in 2012 and has key responsibility for child protection and development. He also works with Dilu to reintegrate rescued children. Prem has a Masters Degree in Development Studies from Kathmandu University and has also worked as a school teacher at a Higher Secondary School.
Bikki is one of the young and energetic staff members at EBMF. For the last two years he has been working as a lead person for our Youth Support Project. Prior to this he spent three years working at one of EBMF’s Care Homes. He has a Bachelors Degree in Social Science. Bikki is passionate about helping young people to gain skills and fulfil their dreams.
Rajesh Pathak is a Programme Manager for EBMF, Lalitpur. He has four years of experience in the development sector. He graduated in Economics, and further completed MA in Mass Communication and MA in Literature. He is passionate about social work and community development and he enjoys reading books and traveling.
I am writing from Wimbledon in South London, where I have set up my new Child Rescue Nepal home office. It has certainly been a very strange week, but myself and Jo have been pushing on to support ou
We wanted to say that during this time of great uncertainty we are thinking of you. You mean so much to us and we are deeply grateful for your support. We would like to return that support to you as b
Following government advice, we have decided to temporarily close the Child Rescue Nepal office. However both members of staff are set up to work from home, and so as far as the charity is concerned,
Our greatest desire is that the boys and girls we rescue are able to go back to their family homes and restart their education. However reintegration can only take place after rigorous assessment and
This morning at 8am (2.15am GMT) our team in Nepal received a phone call from local police saying that three boys had been spotted in danger at a brick kiln. Our staff moved fast to put a rescue plan
We are very pleased to share the news that this morning we were able to rescue three boys and bring them to safety. One boy (aged 14) was rescued from a metal factory and two boys (aged 13 and 14) wer