Asha Foster Homes
Violence against women in the family is rife in Nepal. Research shows this to be especially so in the case of trafficking victims who marry, with the husband often becoming resentful or jealous, and the children often carrying psychological scars of a violent family life. AN has been working towards providing respite care for children in such situations.
In 2011 we set up our first Foster Home, located two minutes’ walk from the Asha office and five from the Children’s Reintegration Centre. The home caters for up to four children, living as part of the family with the House Mother and her daughter and son.
Asha is now working with an increasing number of children who have been sexually abused within the family and are unlikely to be able to safely return home. Sexual abuse in the family is a major issue in Nepal; many cases never come to light, with family members turning a blind eye or persuading the child not to report such attacks. With fathers usually the breadwinner, mothers face extreme poverty and rejection from the wider family when the man is convicted, which can leave the victim at risk of violence and even death by family members.
In answer to this need, in 2014 Asha opened its second Foster Home, with a very different remit from the first. Here the children are likely to stay much longer, where their safety is seriously compromised within their own family. Like the first home, our second can cater for four children with a Foster Mother and her own two children.
Our first Foster Home is kindly supported by Geneva Global. We need further sponsors to fund the second home and introduce a third home, hopefully in 2015.