Deepak’s home was flattened by the earthquake in April 2015. In desperation, he travelled to Kathmandu to find work to support his family. The little boy from a rural village was easy prey for the traffickers.
Several months later, our staff discovered Deepak in a metalwork factory. Forced to work with dangerous gases and chemicals, the wounds on his raw hands told of his suffering. There were many other boys in the factory, working 13-hour days and sleeping huddled together on the cold floor each night. Deepak was the worst affected of all. He told us how he had tried to escape on three separate occasions only to be captured, brought back and beaten by the factory owner. As punishment Deepak had to take on extra tasks in addition to his already long working day. He would only be fed if the factory owner said he had worked hard enough. When he became sick and couldn’t work, he wasn’t fed.
We took Deepak and the other boys to a safe house where they were provided with food, clothes, medical attention and counselling. Deepak is now healthy, happy and eager to complete his education with our support. We have taken Deepak to visit his family and hope to permanently reunite them once they are able to provide for him. In the meantime we will continue to care for and support Deepak so that he can learn what it is a to be a child again, and start back at school.
Three years ago, Mantri left home with his friends to find a job in Kathmandu. When he got there, he started working in a carpet factory, where he stayed for two and a half years before asking the owner for his salary. Infuriated, the factory owner started beating Mantri.
Mantri managed to escape and found another job, this time in a restaurant. After the first two months working long hours he realised he was being taken advantage of and asked the owner for his pay cheque. The question got him and his colleagues brutally assaulted.
We were called by the police to help Mantri. After tracking his parents, our staff found out his mother was psychologically unable to care for him and his father spent most of his income on alcohol. Mantri has been living in one of our safe homes, where he can get the support, attention and help he needs to succeed.
Manoj was 12 years old when he was found working in a metal factory where he had been trafficked by an uncle. Coming from a large family, Manoj’s parents struggled to support their children on a very low income.
Against his parents’ wishes, he quit school and was taken to Kathmandu by an uncle who promised him work.
Manoj worked in the metal factory from 6am to 6pm every day, engraving designs on copper plates with a hammer and using chemicals to burnish them. The chemicals burnt his skin and the wounds were not properly treated. For all this work he was only given a few rupees.
Manoj and the other boys were rescued by local police, social workers and our team in Nepal and cared for in our safe house, given counselling and medical checks, and was eventually reunited with his family.
Kusum was just 12 years old when her mother went to work in the Middle East. As her father was an alcoholic and unable to care for her, Kusum went to live with her maternal aunt.
At first everything was fine, but then the aunt opened a snack shop and Kusum was forced to drop out of school to help out. Initially this meant cleaning and washing up, but soon her aunt started arranging for customers to sexually abuse Kusum for extra income.
A neighbour found out what was happening and contacted our partner Shakti Samuha, who were able to rescue Kusum and bring her to safety. Kusum was initially very withdrawn, but is starting to open up. As there is nowhere safe for her to go, she is staying at Marigold House for now. We are in touch with her mother and hope that eventually Kusum will be able to live with her again in the future.
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Struggling to financially support their large family, Asmita’s parents tried to marry her off at just 14 as they couldn’t afford to send her to school any longer. Supporting nine children on a low wage, Asmita’s family were struggling to make ends meet.
Her older siblings had already been forced to leave school and go out to work as there was no money to continue sending them to school. In an attempt to lighten the burden, Asmita’s parents tried to marry her off. She was only 14-years-old.
Luckily, one of Asmita’s neighbours was a school teacher and came to hear of Asmita’s plight. She referred Asmita to us and we were able to provide her with an educational bursary so that she was able to continue her education and not be stripped of her childhood.
Bullied and tormented by his peers for his stammer, Bibek quickly stopped attending school at only 12 years old. Despite his parents encouragement, Bibek stopped attending school after his friends and teachers laughed at him for his speech problems.
When his father in law found offered to take him to Kathmandu to enrol in a new school, it seemed like the fresh start he’d been dreaming of. Unfortunately, this was not the reality.
Bibek found himself working 12 hour days in a metal factory for no pay. Every day he used concentrated acids to polish metal statues, with his bare hands. He had no way of contacting his parents to tell them of his suffering. Thankfully, authorities were made aware of the factory’s activities and a team of local police, social workers and members of Child Rescue Nepal launched a rescue. Bibek was able to be reunited with his family shortly after.
Called names and kicked by the other children in the village, school was not a welcoming place for Chirring. When traffickers offered to send him to a new school in Kathmandu, he was excited to see the big city and make a good name for his family. The reality was not quite the same.
Chirring was immediately dropped at a restaurant where he was forced to work from 5am to 8pm every day. During his fifteen-hour day, he washed up, cleaned and cooked with no break. He never received a single rupee. Unable to contact his family, he was alone, trapped and terrified in a city where he knew no one and had nowhere to go. He was only 10 years old.
Fortunately, our team spotted Chirring whilst carrying out another rescue and were able to go back and get him. He is now receiving tutoring in our safe home and his family have been traced.
“It’s heart-breaking that children are taken away from their homes, where they are regularly abused in the factories or in the workplaces where they are kept. We can help them, we know where they are and all we need are donations.”
“This Charity is very dear to my heart and I have been involved with it from the very first children that walked through their doors. Nepal is a beautiful country that faces many challenges both manmade and natural which this organisation responds to creatively and efficiently. It is hugely deserving of all the support it can get.”
“Visiting the schools supported by CRN, I can understand the immense challenges the organisation must have faced while constructing buildings and setting up model classrooms in these remote areas. This organisation has literally gone the extra mile in reaching remote ethnic communities and putting in great efforts to raise education levels. I was really mesmerised when I met the children from those mountainous areas who arrive at school after hours of walking. Your decision to support construction work and provide midday meal support is 100% effective, no doubt. CRN, you must keep this spirit alive. You are an inspiration for the government and people around.”
“Since we began our support in 2008, the charity has had to adapt and respond to events, challenges and pressures without ever losing its focus on those children most vulnerable to or victims of trafficking. It has rescued children but has also cared for them well into the future, working to reintegrate them into their communities. As donors, we have been kept well-informed about plans and progress so that we feel like engaged partners. We are proud to support this energetic and committed organisation.”
“Our family trusts have been delighted to provide core funding to The Trust because it rescues trafficked children – reintegrating them with their families where possible. It is also important that it works to prevent the problem at its root through improved education and pursuit of the perpetrators the traffickers themselves”
“As a Hatemalo Board member I had the great chance to meet the kids and staff in Nepal. I experienced the great work the trust is doing to prevent child-trafficking and the care they provide for the unluckily trafficked children. They need very special care after they experienced these difficulties and Child Rescue Nepal provides this to them. I have seen successful reunifications with families, which was a wonderful moment for me as well as for them”
“I commend the work of Child Rescue Nepal in trying to keep Nepali children safe in school, where they are less likely to be trafficked.”
“This is a charity that I have supported and fundraised for over a few years. Keeping children safe and then returning them to their families is more than just something urgently needed – it is a basic right for every child.”
“I have been to Nepal and seen first hand the work of CRN. It is impressive, moving and focussed – and extremely life-changing for the children who are rescued.”
“I wish you every continued success in the important work you are undertaking to alleviate the suffering of some of the most vulnerable members of our global society.”
"This trust has been supporting and funding Child Rescue Nepal for more than eight years, and will continue to do so, because the trust believes CRN’s achievements are considerable and impressive.”
“Though I came here in an official capacity, as an individual I truly want to be associated with this organisation and serve these children. The facilities and services provided at the care homes is a higher standard than a middle class Nepali family can offer to their children. This is the first time I have ever seen children in care responding and acting confidently in each and every aspect of their lives. Even children in expensive private schools can’t present themselves the way that these children can. This organisation is an example to other like-minded organisations in Nepal.”