We realised that if we were to wait for the ideal situation of a family for reintegration of a girl, then we would be waiting forever.  However with a small amount of extra support for the family, then reintegration can be successful.

This is a community-based service, focussing on strengthening the family so they can lead a healthy life. We try to provide all types of support and assistance in solving family crisis, so that they can learn to be independent, and not have to take refuge in organizations again and again.

Supported by: World Childhood Foundation, Sweden

WHAT WE DO

Case Management: we ensure that all the beneficiaries are cared for in individual basis, their needs are acknowledged individually, and addressed accordingly.

Social Welfare Support: families in community come across various crisis during their stay, while they are under our care we aim to support in providing good nutrition, pay lagging rent, and provide emergency health support to assist them in remaining in community.

Psychosocial Counselling & Emotional Support: through full time psychosocial counselor they were supported emotionally and mentally

Career Counselling & Coaching: Generally our job coordinator provides carrier coaching to kids studying in class 8 and above and assist mothers and older children in finding vocational skill training courses and job placement. In addition to this ongoing service this year we aim to provide carrier coaching by resource person with the aim to help children choose the profession that suits them.

Self Help Group for Children and Parents: We aim to facilitate 12 Life skill based workshop for parents and older children ( aged above 11 years) and 4 refreshers group session for older beneficiaries of ASHA, to provide them a platform  to share their burning issues and form their own community of support.

Home Visits and Family Mentoring: Social worker visits the family at least once a month to make sure everything is fine within the family where the child is reintegrated. During this visit mothers and children are made aware on various social issues, in addition to upgrading their income and social relationships.

Advocating for Child-Friendly Schools through teachers:  This activity aims to organize and run 2 hours orientation program for teachers and interested student of grades 8, 9 and 10 in 15 schools in dhapasi area and those which are attended by our beneficiaries inside Kathmandu valley.

Seed money support: This is an additional component added this year to make long term beneficiary economically viable.  With this activity we are planning to support 8 families with seed money of maximum 30000/- to start up come business or learn job guaranteed skills .

SEED FUNDS

In Nepal employment has strong cultural and social links to family. The normal way for a young person to find work is through their extended family. Without this support finding meaningful, worthwhile and economically viable employment is very difficult. So we have a small seed fund and self-employment scheme, helping to train girls in areas where they can be self-employed, eg tailoring, animal husbandry, hairdressing/beauty care, a small shop or market stall etc. 

Our first seed project,was a tailoring shop and boutique, that three of our survivors set up together, and is now a flourishing shop. The seed money was provided in the form of an interest free loan which is open ended and subject to the ability of the beneficiary’s ability to re-pay.

As funds are returned and go back into funding further projects.

JOB COORDINATION

Our Job Coordination Scheme is recognised as an innovative first in Nepal. The programme provides job-seeker support for girls and women returned from trafficking.  We also provide support for some of the impoverished mothers of our girls, who find getting work difficult, and until in stable employment, find it difficult to care for their reintegrated child. 

This is a vital step for women who are routinely stigmatised by society, to enable them to reintegrate fully and lead normal lives.

Our Job Coordinator liaises with training centres and employers, and seeking out safe job opportunities.  She coordinates relevant training provision, coaches clients through interviews and gives post-employment support. 

SUPPORTING 97 FAMILIES IN 2018

One family's story of surviving....

Chesang’s family used to live in a quarter provided by a carpet factory in Lalitpur. Her parents moved there from Kavre 9 years ago, where they had worked in a safe environment.At this new factory, over a long period of time, Chesang and her sister were sexually abused by a co-worker of that factory multiple times. Their mother said that they had been threatened with death if they told anyone. So they didn't talk about it. Over time, a lot of people came to know about this. 

One day, the abuser learned that people were starting to find out about his crimes, and he tried to get away from the factory. However, fortunately a neighbour locked his room and called police.  The girl were referred to the organisations,  Sathi and Cwish. With the legal support from these organisations the perpetrator was punished immediately.

Because of their safety, Chesang with her younger sister were referred to Asha for emergency residential care. Chesang was very quiet and unexpressive.  She used to stare vacantly and keep away from other children.  The family was planning to move out from the carpet factory as there was a risk of violenece towards the whole family after this.  To protect the girls while their parents tried to improve their family condition in community and become established and ready to take the girls back into their family care, Asha took the girls in for 2 years, where they felt safe, and where they could receive long-term counseling and support.

During this time mother became active participant of our Parents Workshop that we run in the Community Centre. She shared what she learned with her husband, who came along sometimes.  As they planned to leave the carpet factory, they saved and moved away. They stayed in a farmhouse, where with seed loan support, the mother started a mobile cart shop. The father got a guard's job in a wholesale store. When the family became stable, and could understnad the need of family support, warmth, and parental care, both the sisters were reintegrated back into their family 2 years ago.

Asha Nepal continues its support in terms of education and psychosocial counselling, even after going back to community.

Chesang is now aged 12. She has grown so much, and now she is now able to express herself, bonding with her family and can also look after herself.  She is capable of cooking for the family. She is happier now, healthy and enjoying her life with her family.