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Rescuing and Sheltering Street Children in Pokhara, Nepal

By Ram Chandra Paudel

Playing Houses & Tenants with street children in Pohkara, Nepal, during pandemic, April 2020, photo by Ram Paudel

The District Police of Kaski and Pokhara Municipalities brought 21 children to Children-Nepal’s Fulbari Resource Centre to offer shelter, basic health, and food. They are enjoying the peacefulness of the Centre, reflecting on their street life as well as thinking about their future!

As COVID-19 disrupts politics, economy, and everyday citizen’s lives across Nepal and the world, street children, day labors, and people living in slums are the most vulnerable, suffering from hunger and lack of shelter in our cities and villages.

Nepal locked-down on 24th March. We worry about the spread of the disease knowing Nepal’s public health system has always been understaffed and under-equipped. Considering the potential risks, civil organizations also closed their services for the needy people.

Pokhara Municipality provides some food, supplies, and other necessities. Thanks to Green Pasture Hospital in Pokhara Children-Nepal can organize health care, clothes, and psychosocial counseling services. Rotary funds snacks, and people donate other necessary items.

I have been busy managing all these activities including spending hours with the children. I facilitated Cultures of Peace activities and psycho-social counseling with them. The Centre is providing basic services including recovery and healing, and contacting families, if they can be found.

I had a chance to talk with the mother of one child. She was so happy to know her child was with us. She had been searching for him for the last nine months. She wanted to bring the child back home! One of the children said talking with his mother was the happiest moment of his life. These children will stay at Fulbari Resource Centre for a few months to prepare them for family and community reunification. We also work with the family to prepare them to welcome their children home.

Having the Mayor and Deputy Mayor visit the Centre from time to time inspires everyone. The dedicated staff of the Pokhara Municipality, super police persons, and Children-Nepal staff are doing a great job. Thanks to all for their concern and support!

There is a need for food, supplies, clothes, sports equipment, personal protection equipment and so on. Donations are welcome!

Earmark funds to AWP/Children-Nepal at Friends Peace Teams, 1001 Park Ave., St Louis, MO 63104. Thank you.

For further information, please contact Ram Chandra Paudel at childrennepal95@gmail.com or +977 9856024879

Enjoying play with street children in Pohkara, Nepal, during the pandemic, April 2020, photo by Ram Paudel

Health checkups for street children in Pohkara, Nepal, during the pandemic, April 2020, photo by Ram Paudel

Ram Paudel offering case managment for children rescued from the streets in Pohkara, Nepal, during pandemic, April 2020

Affirmation names with children rescued from the streets in Pohkara, Nepal, during the pandemic, April 2020, photo by Ram Paudel