Nepal - Child Wellbeing Project
Adara has provided health, education and emotional support to 136 previously trafficked children we rescued, with the long-term goal of reconnecting them to their families and places of origin in remote Humla, Nepal. We have also worked hard to reduce the numbers of children being sent out of Humla in the hope of a better education and ending up in the hands of traffickers.
CHILD WELLBEING IN HUMLA
REDUCING ROOT CAUSES OF TRAFFICKING AND CREATING AWARENESS
As part of Adara's outlook, we believe it is important to focus on long-term strategies to stop child trafficking from Humla. We also try to raise awareness in the community on the danger of trafficking in the area.
Child watchdog committees have been formed in villages in Humla and workshops on child friendly education systems and child rights issues have been held in Humla.
A radio programme called 'Humli Chyachhariko Daanko' of the 'Voice of Humli Children' is transmitted from Radio Kailash 103.4 (a weekly programme which plays every Monday morning from 7.30-8.00am). The programme includes interviews with experts, children and parents on child trafficking and its hazards. There have been interviews done with trafficked children, NGO leaders, the Chief District Officer of Humla about their views on child trafficking and child rights. This radio programme is organised by the Adara partner organisation, The Himalayan Innovative Society.
CHILD WELLBEING IN KATHMANDU
RESCUE, REHABILITATION AND REINTEGRATION FOR TRAFFICKED CHILDREN
In 2004 we found 136 children from Humla living in horrendous conditions in Kathmandu after being trafficked during the insurgency in the region. Adara rescued the children and since then has provided health, education and emotional support. We have reconnected all of them with their families and places of origin, and continue to support them through vocational education.
Most of these children have now graduated from our care, equipped with the higher education or vocational and technical skills they need to make it on their own. As of November 2017, 47 are in Adara’s youth development programme, completing their plus 2 studies or vocation courses. 6 are in family and community-based care, but still case managed by Adara. 83 have already graduated from the programme, becoming young entrepreneurs and starting their own businesses. Some have already become parents themselves!
YOUTH INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAMME
Adara encourages the children to be independent and creates greater links to their families of origin. Ideally, children connect with their parents and are eventually brought back into their families. However, we are aware this is a difficult process; it takes time and sensitivity. To teach children more independence and responsibility, we have moved them into boarding schools or - for older children -flats. This is where they take on more responsibility as they move into adulthood. Young people living in the youth flat or independently with relatives are entirely responsible for themselves - they must manage their Adara funds and budget appropriately. They are responsible for paying rent, buying groceries, making repairs and maintaining their apartment, cleaning, cooking and managing their studies. In April 2014, 30 young people were a part of the Youth Independent Living Programme, and a recent assessment of the programme indicates all of them are thriving in this environment.
Much to our delight, 31 of the Adara children (now adults!) have graduated and are living completely independently of Adara. To us they will always be 'Adara children' forever, however we are encouraged to see these wonderful young adults thriving in their lives, which were once so grim.
- 23 children are boarding at school in Kathmandu
- 47 children have been reintegrated and are now in family or community-based care
- 30 children are part of the Youth Development Programme
- 31 children have graduated from the ADARA programme
- 5 children have been repatriated and no longer need ADARA' assistance