Shelter in Nepal

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Our Home is a shelter for disadvantaged girls that is situated in Dhulikhel, near Kathmandu.

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Our Home is a shelter for disadvantaged girls that is situated in Dhulikhel, about 45 minutes’ drive from Kathmandu. It was built on land donated by the local community and is operated by Help Nepal Network, our partner charity based in Nepal. It is dubbed Our Home because it belongs to the girls who live there.

The shelter opened in August 2014 and it currently supports 23-24 girls aged 4 years and upwards. The local school is a short walk away, providing all the girls with good access to an education. They also receive additional tutoring at home in the shelter.

The girls have each had to cope with a range of challenging experiences prior to their arrival at the shelter, including at least one of the following:

the death of at least one parent;
an absent father;
abandonment by their parents;
having disabled parents who were unable to care for them;
and, most commonly, living in households coping with extreme poverty.

Recent notable achievements include:

In 2022 Shreya and Nirmala became the first two residents to leave the shelter as young adults. They have both continued their studies, commencing college educations elsewhere.

In 2022 Pratika won a local art competition that had been organised by the Dhulikhel Municipality. The theme of the competition was “Disability Friendly Municipality”, and it took place in order to mark the occasion of the 31st International Disability Day.

In 2023 Amsu won a local debating competition that had been organised by the Dhulikhel Municipality. This competition took place in order to mark the occasion of Children’s Day.

In October of 2023 the social audit was successfully conducted in the presence of government officials, police, and Help Nepal Network Board members.

In 2024 some of the girls took part in making a music video, joining other girls from a local school to perform as backing dancers. The song, “Gauma Mero Ghar”, features Karishma Dhakal, Shyam Kumar Rana, Ram Hari Neupane, and Sabitri Rana Magar , and can be viewed below.

 

We received very sad news at the end of 2022, informing us that Srijana had passed away due to medical complications. She had experienced health issues most of her life, following a fall prior to her arrival at the shelter. Srijana had been living in the shelter for 8 years, being among the first children to be placed there when she was just 6 years old, and her loss is felt deeply by the other girls and everyone who knew her.

Our Home is partly self-sustaining, with produce from the garden being used to provide a small income as well as food for the shelter. The major expenses are staffing, food, and insurance, which account for 75-80% of the total running costs. Other outgoings include: clothing; health and medicine; training and counselling; transportation and fuel; education materials; and utility costs. The annual budget has been in the region of £25k in recent years.

 

A film by Emma Plant with Alexander Presland, May 2017

 

Children’s Home we helped build with your donations.

 

 

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