What we do...
FAMILY GROUP HOMES
For survivors of trafficking and abuse, the future is challenging. These girls often face institutionalisation, lifelong health problems, rejection from their families and communities, extreme poverty and often, in desperation to support themselves or children, a return to prostitution.
For the best possible chance at a meaningful future, trafficking survivors need a safe, stable, nurturing family-based care. We have five Family Group Homes. Each has a House Mother and up to six girls/teenager girls..
Some girls need respite care, and stay with us for a year or so, receiving counselling and support, then are able to be reintegrated with their families.
However, some children will never be able to be reintegrated is their safety is seriously compromised within their own family. These girls stay with us long-term until they are old enough to be independent.
FAMILY STRENGTHENING PROJECT
Our Family Strengthening Project cares for girls/teenagers affected by or at risk of trafficking and/or sexual abuse, while keeping the family together. We try to find ways of preserving the family unit where possible, rather than placing the girl into residential care where she may lose contact with her community.
This is done through educational support for the child, balanced by a range of services in support of her mother and sometimes also the child's siblings. This includes healthcare, counselling, rent support, food and dietary support, and employment coordination and training.
This Programme means we can reach out to many more children affected by trafficking, as there is a lower financial outlay per child (a welfare team, office support and a couple of scooters) compared with supporting them within a residential centre.
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 Job Coordination Scheme and small seed fund.
We want reintegration to be sustainable. So our work has become more and more community focused.
We work with some of the most demanding children and teenagers in Nepal, from impoverished backgrounds and with massive emotional needs after abuse and trafficking.
So in 2016, we decided to open a Community Centre to be exactly that- a centre for our Asha community. This is a platform for children to learn various skills as well as for us to catch up with their progress. This is open for our residential children, our reintegrated children and for their parents, especially for their mothers to meet.
We strongly believe that education is a vehicle for change, so we are keen to invest on good quality education of the children of survivors with the vision that they will choose better livelihood options than their mothers and transform their life and their families.
Education is also one of the main need expressed by the survivors women, in addition this is a huge reason to leave child in institutions by these mothers. We have also learnt that with the educational support available, even after reintegration, families are keen to have their children with them.
Education gives options, opening opportunities and sustaining the reintegration we are providing need based scholarship support.
We support the girls in our residential care and girls in the community that have been reintegrated or those out of school and at high risk of being trafficked.