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We have a licensed shelter (10 beds) in Nepal for children who have been rescued from traffickers and systematic abuse as well as a long-term family home for 8 girls who were abandoned and orphaned. Our shelter provides housing, therapeutic services, and family assessment. We also help children find and return to their families when possible.
The Nepal shelter serves as a safe place for youth to access, providing a positive therapeutic and social environment for youth to seek refuge, receive crisis intervention and case management, stabilize, and get connected to resources and services in the community. The mission of the shelter is to create and maintain a safe, nurturing shelter that first meets the immediate basic needs of a youth in crisis, then, having done so, meets the specialized needs of at-risk youth by connecting them to a continuum of services to address their individual physical, emotional/ psychological, social, educational, environmental, and spiritual needs of the youth.
The purpose of the shelter is to meet a gap in services for at-risk and highly vulnerable youth. No child should be in a circumstance where they are displaced from a home, vulnerable to being out on the streets, and thus vulnerable to further exploitation, abuse, neglect, and/or commercial sexual exploitation or trafficking.
The shelter provides:
Mental health services
Transition support services for youth and families and permanency through reunification, guardianship or adoption
Educational, physical, behavioral and mental health supports such as school, exercise and eating healthy, receiving regular medical care and medical check-ups, managing inappropriate behavior and using coping skills to reduce frustration and anger, individual and group mental health counseling focusing on each youth's individual needs and CSEC education, awareness, intervention and prevention, including extracurricular activities and social supports to promote individual interests and healthy relationships
Activities designed to help youth achieve a successful adulthood such as education, vocational skills, domestic skills, money management and self-care activities
The shelter is also implementing an innovative program to improve the continuum of care that victims experience from their time at the shelter and their transition into foster care or independent living. This program matches volunteer mentors from Kathmandu who meet and build relationships with youth on a regular basis. Mentors are trained in best practices of engaging and empowering youth at the shelter, and commit to helping youth transition out of the shelter with educational support, finding a job, financial planning, etc.